IT channel

Reflecting on women in tech for International Womens Day 2020

International Women's Day is the perfect time to think about the strides female IT professionals have made over the years. While women make up nearly half of the employed adults in the total workforce, recent findings by Catalyst reveal that women hold only a quarter of the jobs in the tech industry.

The idea that there are fewer women in the tech field isn’t what surprised me. The shock came when I realized that number is even lower than it was in 1980. For all of the efforts to open the field, the number of women in tech roles is actually declining!

Shifting towards services: Directions and challenges in the IT channel

Throughout the IT channel, solution providers are, in large part, defined by the services that they offer. For companies like Acronis to continue providing our partners with the solutions and support they need, we need to be listening to them. What tools are SPs adopting? What are the challenges they face? What’s working — and what’s not?

To take the current pulse of the industry, Acronis partnered with Channelnomics, Pax8, Dropsuite, IBM, Microsoft, and Novacoast on a collaborative study. Here, we explore some highlights from the SMB Channel Services Transformation report.

New CyberFit Partner Program to power channel growth

There’s been an unprecedented shift in how service providers and resellers are tasked with keeping their clients productive and protected. The adoption of cloud-based solutions and services was well underway before the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated that transformation. Acronis’ cloud ecosystem more than doubled since 2018.

While new client demands can mean new strains for our channel partners, Acronis wants to make things easier – and more profitable – for you. That’s why we’ve unveiled the new Acronis #CyberFit Partner Program.

Pulse of the MSP 2021: Survey reveals trends in the IT Channel

Acronis recently conducted a survey with managed service providers (MSPs) as a follow-up to our in-depth research project last year to take the current pulse of the industry. Unsurprisingly, the results of our survey reveal that the MSP market is undergoing a significant transformation – particularly as the trends that were already in play were accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s take a quick look at the top findings from this Pulse of the MSP 2021 report.

MSPs: Start the new year off with time-saving improvements

If we learned one thing in 2020, it was that time is valuable, especially when you’re trying to keep all of your clients happy, productive, and protected. Managed service providers (MSPs) don’t have time to waste on clunky platforms or solutions. They need technologies that are reliable and streamline things so they can address the next issue – or maybe even get home for dinner on time.

As your partner, Acronis wants to help your team make the most out of the time you spend helping clients. That’s why, in addition to making some welcome UX improvements, we’re rolling out some time-saving capabilities in the January release of Acronis Cyber Cloud.

D&H Distributing empowers SMB-focused MSPs with Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions

There’s always been a tension between the haves and the have-nots. In the business world, large enterprises often have security technologies in place that small and mid-sized organizations cannot access. But thanks to a new partnership agreement, those resellers who focus on small businesses and the managed service providers (MSPs) who handle IT for SMB clients can now provide access to the same cyber protection technologies that the world’s leading companies and professional sports teams rely on.

That’s because D&H Distributing, a leading provider of SMB and consumer technologies to the North American high-tech channel, has formed a new partnership with Acronis to make our comprehensive range of cyber protection solutions available to its service provider partners through the D&H Cloud Marketplace.

Defending against supply chain attacks like the SolarWinds breach

The success of the massive SolarWinds supply-chain attack presents an urgent new cybersecurity challenge to every business. We plumb the tactics used in the SolarWinds breach and show how Acronis defends against it and similar attacks.

MSPs urged to recognize opportunities at the #AcronisCyberSummit

Wow. I have been involved in creating a lot of events during my career but I’ve never been involved with anything as big – or frankly as historic – as the Acronis Cyber Summit 2020. During the Summit’s three days, we welcomed more than 8,500 professionals who registered to hear 130 speakers and 20 sponsors, which means we may have pulled off what might be the largest security-focused hybrid event ever.

As a former managed service provider (MSP), I was thrilled that the Summit’s mission was different than some of the vendor events I’ve attended in the past. That’s because it wasn’t focused on pitching a product, but rather it delivered the information, training, and content to help our IT channel partners grow.

2020 Acronis #CyberFit Partners Awards

The Acronis community really is something special, as anyone who is attending the Acronis Global Cyber Summit this week can attest. And while we love sharing useful information, practical strategies, and great solutions, we also know our success is based on the success of our partners.

So for the second year, we’re recognizing the top distributors, service providers, value-added resellers, ISVs, and OEM companies from around the world for their excellence and outstanding work in spreading the message of cyber protection.

Today, Acronis’ Founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov announced the winners of this year’s Acronis #CyberFit Partners Awards

MSPs get business help from Channel All-stars

At next week's Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, the service provider track is focusing on sharing of the best practices for building a security-first services organization. To do this, we’ve assembled some of the best in the business to share their tips, tricks, and secrets to building a modern, agile, and profitable security services organization.

Amy Luby, our Channel Chief Evangelist, is hosting that track and recently sat down with these channel all-stars to talk about why MSPs will want to step back from their daily routine to join this year's Summit.