GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Making Co-Managed IT Work

    An increasing number of MSPs are finding themselves getting into the co-managed space. The economic rationale is fairly straightforward – the opportunity is growing. Consider this: technology is increasingly complex, good tech talent is hard to find, and businesses are becoming more and more dependent on technology. Put those three trends together and the demand for IT is increasing, and to the point where even larger SMBs – more on the medium end of that – are finding it difficult to handle everything in house. Enter the managed service provider.

  • A Long Recovery: Restaurants Coping With The Impact COVID-19

    Restaurants are reopening in states that were hit hard with COVID-19 restrictions. Social-distancing policies are not allowing restaurants to return to pre-pandemic operation levels, in most cases they are being forced to function at no more than 50% capacity.

  • As With Security, Data Backup Should Happen In Layers

    As the folks at our partner company Webroot have recently tackled the issue of whether antivirus protection is worth paying for anymore, we thought we’d take a minute to reiterate why cloud backup still beats all the great free services our there like Google Drive and Dropbox.

  • 5 Cyber Fixes For 5 Risky Online Behaviors

    When we looked at the results from our latest state-by-state comparison of the riskiest online security habits, a few things surprised us. Like techies scoring lower than average Americans. But what jumped out the most was how over-confident Americans in general are about their online security behavior. With that in mind, here are five ways to fix some of the riskiest behaviors we found in our latest survey.

  • DoH Is Here To Stay: Why Businesses Should Embrace It

    While the proliferation of encrypted DNS is being driven by consumer privacy, businesses will want to take notice. Encrypted DNS – also known as DNS over HTTPS, or DoH – obscures internet traffic from bad actors. But it also has the potential to decrease visibility for IT admins whose responsibility it is to manage DNS requests for their organizations. So, what’s the solution? Strangely, DoH.

VAR WHITE PAPERS

  • Improved Reliability Through Wireless Monitoring And Control

    Redundancy in electrical power components and cooling backups are the core of reliability for data centers. If an electrical or cooling component fails, it is critical that the backup takes over without human intervention and without complications. The minimum risk of repair of the failed part is dependent on an aggressive, maintainable installation that employs breakers, valves and other isolation strategies. Another critical element of reliability is capacity and the ability to conduct high density monitoring.

  • A Better Approach To Datacenter Cooling

    The standard approach to data center cooling has been to keep data centers at a constant, cold temperature. However, as energy prices rise and as capacity concerns become more prevalent, data center operators need a better solution than this one-size-fits-all approach. As part of their data center environmental management strategy, operators are challenged to find a way to address common concerns such as hot spots, humidity fluctuations, and air delivery problems while keeping costs and energy usage low within their current data center footprint. 

  • Why Hackers Hack: It's Your Business To Care!

    As cybersecurity grows more complex, criminals around the world are evolving along with it. Their methods leave you vulnerable and many organizations are at risk. Staying informed on this ever-changing landscape is vital. In this educational eBook, we explore the minds of hackers and open the window into their world.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • EVO Payments

    EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP) is a leading payment technology and services provider. We offer an array of innovative, reliable, and secure payment solutions to merchants ranging from small and mid-size enterprises to multinational companies and organizations across North America and Europe.

  • Webroot

    Webroot delivers intelligent cybersecurity for endpoint, mobile and web to channel partners, consumers, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. Powered by its BrightCloud® collective threat intelligence network, Webroot protects the internet of everything. Our cloud-based threat detection, high performance, lightweight agents, and single, web-based point of control have changed the way businesses think about protecting mobile devices, PCs and servers. Named a ‘Visionary’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Webroot’s smarter approach to security is why companies including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose our solutions for advanced threat protection for their security products and services.

  • RSPA
    RSPA stands for Retail Solutions Providers Association. We are the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry.  

     

  • APG Cash Drawer, LLC

    For more than 30 years, APG Cash Drawer has been designing and delivering cash drawers with a variety of size, color, interface, and integration options. An APG cash drawer will provide years of smooth, trouble free service with virtually no downtime, no service required, and no headaches. Our cash drawers are so well constructed and so reliable that our customers install them and forget them - even in the most demanding environments.

  • Shift4 Payments

    Shift4 Payments is a leading national provider of touch-screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the “as a service” model, Shift4 Payments offers an unprecedented “free” POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs.

  • Panduit

    Panduit is a world leader that engineers flexible, end-to-end electrical and network connectivity physical infrastructure solutions that help businesses stay connected in a global world. Our high-performance products improve productivity and offer a lower total cost of ownership to create a competitive business advantage.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS

ASCII CompTIA HTG Peer Groups Small Biz Thoughts
SMB TechFest 2112 Group RSPA Money 20/20
Shoptalk ASP Drone Dealer Expo Michael E Gerber Companies

 

VAR INSIGHTS CONTENT COLLECTIONS

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According to Gartner, at least 50 percent of the security market will be service-based by 2020. Worldwide spending on IT security will grow by 8.7 percent, while general IT spending will increase by just 3.2 percent. And this was all before the COVID-19 pandemic increased security concerns. VAR Insights has compiled an ebook to help you determine if you’re positioned to meet these challenges. It's authored by industry leaders and we're sure it will help you avoid some common mistakes.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • How VARs Can Help Clients Safely Reopen

    Michael Russo, Chief Technology Officer at Shift4, has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and healthcare technology space, building cutting-edge software products, leading agile teams, driving strategic business initiatives, and developing go-to-market strategies. Russo took the time to speak with VAR Insights about how to help merchants struggling to reopen, new payment methods, and what emerging technologies VARs need to be aware of.

  • Five Best Practices For Managing Your Business Through A Crisis Or Disaster

    When faced with a crisis or disaster, whether it’s a fire, flood, pandemic, cyberattack or security breach, it can be daunting for solution providers and other channel firms to know where to focus their efforts. Issues that need immediate attention may range from restoring networks and service to evaluating staffing to troubleshooting IT supply chain problems, but other, longer-term challenges may also require resources and consideration as well.

  • Data Center Energy Savings Methods

    View this webinar to learn more about how data center monitoring systems are able to improve operational efficiency as well as creating tangible ROI.

  • Coin Shortage Pinches Convenience, Grocery And Retail Merchants

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of temporary shortages, including toilet paper, disinfectants and even meat. But one shortage most people likely haven’t noticed is affecting retail segments like convenience stores, gas stations and dollar stores. The U.S. coin supply is dwindling.

  • Go To Market In The New Cybersecurity Landscape

    Today’s evolving threat landscape, increased regulations, and influx of big data has made cybersecurity a top concern among SMBs. What’s more, the recent crisis around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is forcing SMBs to rapidly adapt to new security requirements. Your customers need cyber resiliency now more than ever and will be looking to you for guidance during these difficult times.

  • Examining COVID-19’s Impact On The Delicate Balance Between Cash And The Retail And Hospitality Industries

    Robert Banker, Director of SMARTtill and Partner Sales at APG Cash Drawer, is a retail technology veteran with extensive experience in solution sales of retail technologies. Before joining APG, Robert led the sales efforts around a variety of software solutions for companies including Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, IBM, and Tyco Retail Solutions. Robert spoke with VAR Insights about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the retail and hospitality industries, as well as the future or cash, contactless payment, and cash drawers.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Webroot BrightCloud Threat Intelligence

    Fight Cyber Threats with the Power of Webroot Threat Intelligence.

  • Carbonite Server

    All businesses need a straightforward, comprehensive backup and recovery solution that keeps data secure, minimizes downtime and protects company operations. Carbonite Server is a simple, all-in-one, server backup and recovery solution for physical, virtual and legacy systems. 

  • Vasario Series Cash Drawer

    The APG Vasario Series is the cost-effective choice that doesn't sacrifice quality or dependability.

  • NetPRO® Interface Mobile Solution Ethernet Interface

    APG’s NetPRO® interface for cash drawers are available in both wired and wireless configurations and will communicate with retailer’s mobile POS devices for cash drawer control. NetPRO® cash drawers have the ability to collect transaction data, supplying the information necessary to identify security issues and to validate cashier training. NetPRO® cash drawer access alert features can activate security cameras, time and date stamp security video recordings, and broadcast alert messages to a store manager’s mobile devices.