Jonathan White joins NetEnrich as VP of Channel Marketing & Sales

Jonathan White recently joined NetEnrich as the company’s first VP of Channel Marketing & Sales. He is a seasoned channel marketing expert, with in-depth knowledge of Microsoft business and cloud technologies and partner strategies. He talks with us today about his goals and trends with Microsoft Azure.

Jonathan White

Why did you decide to join NetEnrich?

Jonathan White: I have strong channel program experience, most recently at Trend Micro where I grew our partner ecosystem by 20% in 2015 and managed service provider (MSP) revenues by 25 percent. I am very process oriented, so I hope to refine processes wherever I can to maximize our efficiencies. I spent 12 years at Microsoft in different field and channel marketing roles where I worked closely with partners. I plan to leverage my existing relationships in this new role at NetEnrich.

How is the cloud computing industry evolving?

JW: With the tremendous growth of Office 365, especially within the small and medium-sized business (SMB) space, there is now more certainty with the cloud. Three to four years ago, Azure was a mid to enterprise play and discussion. Now, SMB companies are looking to move data, applications and services to the cloud. And fortunately for us, Azure is at that forefront.

What kinds of projects, or verticals, are gaining more mind share for Azure these days – and why?

JW: Security is definitely gaining momentum. Companies are moving critical data and applications to Azure. Enhancing security on that platform is another way we can extend value to our partners and their customers.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

JW: I am a really good cook, and I take pride in that. To reduce stress, I love to work out and meditate. I attended the University of Michigan, so I’m a big fan of Michigan football and basketball. My wife went to Stanford, so on Sundays if Michigan and Stanford lose, our house is not a happy place to be!

NetEnrich Insights: Corporate IT Hounded By Mobile Security Concerns

Security is a top concern for most businesses, however mobile devices are perceived to be a target waiting to be attacked. Lack of security protocols and the fact that mobile devices are being targeted by cybercriminals, makes mobile security a priority for all organizations.

NetEnrich conducted a survey of 150 IT professionals in North America about enterprise mobile security. The key takeaway was that corporate IT continues to struggle with how best to protect their organizations from data breaches, viruses and other cyber-security issues brought on by employees using mobile devices.

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NetEnrich Survey Featured – We’re very pleased to announce that the NetEnrich Survey on Mobile Security has been featured across major technology news websites and blogs. Here’s a list of the publications, and what they wrote about us.

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance“Most would agree, the massive, global proliferation of mobile devices has created significant challenges for corporate IT security professionals. On the one hand, protecting sensitive corporate data running on mobile devices is paramount to company security. Then again, IT can find itself in hot water with employees, customers and management if mobile device security protocols are found to compromise end-user experience. The issue is muddled further when employees use devices and applications IT has not pre-approved.

Companies must be proactive in engaging employees about mobile security policies. Fifty-four percent of IT pros surveyed by NetEnrich said their biggest challenge when it comes to managing employee use of mobile devices is simply confirming that all employees have received and reviewed their company’s policies. But even that might not be enough. Another 55 percent of respondents said their biggest challenge is convincing employees that following the company’s mobile device protocols is in their best interests.

Corporate IT has been clear that its main priority is ensuring their organizations don’t experience breaches or attacks — 68 percent of respondents to NetEnrich’s survey listed this as the top goal of their enterprise mobility security plan. Job security is also a priority. Sixty percent said their primary goal was ensuring that they were “covered from an accountability perspective” in the event there was a breach or attack. By comparison, 50 percent said their top goal was providing employees a guide for using mobile devices.”

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CIO Dive“The NetEnrich report suggests companies become more proactive in engaging employees about mobile security policies, but also found that isn’t always easy. More than half of respondents said their biggest challenge is proving that following the mobile device protocols is in their employees’ best interests.

Earlier this month, a malware report from Nokia found mobile device infections rose 96% in the first half of 2016. Smartphone infections nearly doubled between January and July 2016 compared to the last half of 2015. The malware infection rate hit a record high in April, when one out of every 120 smartphones had some sort of malware infection.”

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NW“Why the bad behavior when it comes to mobile security? According to the survey, even more respondents (55 percent) said “their biggest challenge is convincing employees that following the company’s mobile device protocols is in their best interests.”

“The reality is, enterprise mobile security is a moving target, for which companies and IT professionals must be adjusting constantly,” Chekuri said in a statement. “A policy that works today may not work next year—let alone two to three years from now.”

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Apps Tech News

Enterprise-Apps-Tech“Four in 10 companies have suffered a loss of key corporate data from a mobile device, according to new research from industrial IT services provider NetEnrich.

For more than two thirds of respondents (68%), their primary enterprise mobility security goal is to ensure their organizations aren’t breached. Yet if 42% have been whacked, then there are further issues afoot. The biggest cause of data loss, according to those polled, was malware apps (45%), followed by an unsecure public cloud (44%), and employees cutting and pasting data to unsecured locations (42%). Also frequently cited, by 41% of respondents, were devices running out of date operating systems with known security holes. The penalties can be severe – 41% said they have lost up to $100,000 over the past three years due to a mobile breach.

The report also examines the measures companies have taken to remediate their security policies. More than three quarters (78%) say they use multi-factor authentication for access to sensitive apps, while 75% have deployed threat assessment to understand their security risks. More than half (52%) say they have gotten outside help by outsourcing at least some of their mobile security, with a similar number (47%) saying the external provider helped them formulate a security policy.”

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Information Age

information-age“In the BYOD era mobile devices are becoming an increasing presence in the workplace.

Bringing your own device is advantageous in a business sense. Employers and employees can stay constantly connected, and can produce work from anywhere in the world (within reason). The ability to be always on, although perhaps not desirable, is vital in improving business operational efficiency.

On the other hand, the massive, global proliferation of mobile devices has created significant challenges for corporate IT security professionals.

BYOD is not going away, it is a product of the time, but it is has created challenges for IT that must be overcome, or otherwise business will suffer.”

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Bank Info Security

bank-info-security-“Often IT shops or security managers will address or secure the apps on a phone and protect the operating system from potential threats,” Franklin said. “But there is a much wider range of threats that need to be addressed. For example, enterprise security teams often don’t focus on the cellular radios in smartphones, which, if not secured, can allow someone to eavesdrop on your CEO’s calls.”

The NIST report comes as companies struggle to secure their mobile systems, according to new research from cloud and IT management services provider NetEnrich. More than 40 percent of the 150 North American IT professionals NetEnrich surveyed said their organizations suffered the loss of key corporate data from mobile devices.”

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NetEnrich teams up with Tech Data to provide Migration and Managed Services for Microsoft

At NetEnrich, we’re driven to provide quality service delivery and help disrupt the status quo of IT Infrastructure & operations management. We continually focus on enabling IT teams to stay in control, lower their costs, operate more effectively, and gain significant agility.

As part of these efforts, we’re happy to announce that, NetEnrich has teamed up with Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) to deliver professional migration and managed service offerings for Microsoft Azure and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). The offering is available to solution providers in the United States through Tech Data’s Technical Services team.

Through the agreement, NetEnrich and Tech Data are positioned to provide professional support services necessary to accurately assess, migrate and manage workloads into Microsoft Azure and EMS. Core offerings will include on-premise to Microsoft Azure server setup, migration and management, backup, disaster recovery and enterprise mobility services. Additional services available through Tech Data will include technical cloud assessments and services that evaluate cloud readiness while providing a clear path to the cloud, including sizing recommendations and best practices on cloud migration.

“NetEnrich’s customized offerings empower our solution providers with instant scalability and high-quality, go-to-market-ready managed services for Microsoft Azure and EMS,” said Maurice Hamilton, vice president, Technical Services at Tech Data. “These solutions offer an opportunity to simplify the process of moving infrastructure from on-premise to cloud, and we look forward to helping our partners leverage them to navigate through the transition.”

Read the full Press Release here.

Eliminate alert noise to ensure maximum uptime

The saddest alert noise in the world is that of an application going down. No matter whose fault it may be or who is responsible for getting the app back up and running, the fact that an application has failed could mean serious consequences for your business. According to a 2013 Ponemon Institute study, the average cost of downtime was $7,900 per minute – and more recent estimates from IDC stated that the Fortune 1000 loses anywhere from $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year because of unplanned outages.

This is why you have alert noises in the first place – to let you know when your infrastructure isn’t as strong as it should be. Making sure your IT team has the tools at its disposal to handle the various alert noises that happen on a regular basis, is key to ensuring uptime and maintaining a healthy business. After all, your organization runs on its tech tools, and if these things are not functioning optimally, application failure is a real possibility. However, alert noise can become unmanageable, which can lead to system failures as well.

alert noise

“If your tech tools are not running optimally, application failure is a real possibility.”

Managing alerts to ensure uptime

The sooner you’re aware of an issue, the sooner you can get your team focused on fixing it. However, a phenomenon called “alert fatigue” is becoming more common within IT staffs. Some industries are hit harder by alert fatigue than others. For instance, the phrase is generally used in the health care industry to describe how physicians feel when they are inundated by system alerts on their electronic health records.

According to Healthcare IT News, the University of Vermont Medical Center was receiving upwards of 150,000 alerts per month on their EHR systems, some of which weren’t necessary and all of which generated more and more alert fatigue – so much so that clinicians were initiating overrides on even alerts that were designated as “critical.” The hospital was able to set up a tool that would automate alert management, which brought the amount of critical alerts down and helped eliminate some of the excess noise.

Automation is key: One way to increase alert response times and help ensure uptime is by automating IT processes. According to Computer Weekly contributor Dan Conde, network automation is one way to improve response times, because the technologies are checking and fixing themselves in real time.

Alert noiseThe number of EHR alerts received by UVMC on a monthly basis was unmanageable.

Using the ECC for noise cancelation

When IT alert noises get to be too much for your IT team to handle, it’s a good idea to invest in Enterprise Command Center services, like the ones offered by NetEnrich. With the ECC, combined with tech management tools from Vistara, you can consolidate and manage your alerts. In effect, you build a “noise wall” that can assist you in bringing your focus back to what matters – your infrastructure.

Your local or regional service provider can help you take the next steps to cut down on IT alert noise and increase productivity in the long run with your operations. Contact us to find out about local or regional service providers in your area.



Network Computing, Data Center Knowledge,, Healthcare IT News

Stop, collaborate and listen: Why do you need UC?

As the world becomes more connected and business needs turn to global operations in all four corners of the world, companies need to figure out a way to enhance their communication strategies so that everyone is on the same page at the same time. Global supply chains depend on increasingly more intricate strategies. In order to facilitate better business, collaboration has to be effective.

Enter unified communications tools. By connecting and unifying all your methods of communication, you can improve productivity, decrease operational costs and create a more comprehensive collaboration strategy that includes methods like phone, faxing, instant messages and email, among others.

Why does your business need to invest in UC? Let’s take a look at a couple reasons this technology should be on your “to-buy” list for the rest of 2016:

“Companies can enhance the quality of partner and customer interactions.”

Market proves its worth

A demonstration of the importance of UC tools and services lies in the current market size for this industry. The global Unified Communications-as-a-Service market was projected by MarketsandMarkets last year to be worth around $24.88 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual rate of about 10.5 percent from 2015 to 2020.

Furthermore, according to a survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, approximately 72 percent of IT executives view collaboration as the top benefit of cloud computing. This is important to note because with a combination of cloud computing and UC services, companies can enhance the quality of partner and customer interactions and reach new levels of productivity.

The benefits speak for themselves

The collaboration tools offered by the cloud promote productivity, but this isn’t the only advantage of investing in UC solutions. As long as employees are utilizing the UC apps, according to TechTarget contributor and industry analyst Jon Arnold, there are specific business benefits to be had. The untethered nature of these communication tools means that employees can work more efficiently and quickly from remote locations, according to TechRadar contributor Arif Mohamed.

However, buyer beware: If UC apps aren’t well-managed and installed properly, it may have the opposite effect. It really depends on how well the applications are being monitored – and who is doing this managing.

“Unified communications benefits, or blunders, become clear when assessing how well employees are using all these communication applications,” Arnold wrote. “Since these apps are typically used in a standalone fashion, there is a lot of inefficiency, duplicated effort and wasted time.”

How do you make sure your UC solutions are bringing you the most benefits and aren’t wasting your time, as Arnold noted?

Unified Communications

An effective unified communications solution can bring your business together.

Get talking with NetEnrich

Our comprehensive UC managed services provide you with a way to enhance your corporate communication strategies. With our 24/7 availability system, we can help you fully manage all devices and applications in your infrastructure, including phones and call center apps.

Connect your business employees with unified communications tools.
Connect your business employees with unified communications tools.

Get in touch with the UC experts at NetEnrich today for more information about how our services can help you become more connected in today’s global marketplace.



TechTarget, TechRadar, MarketsandMarkets

Using Azure for data backup and disaster recovery

One of the most important things for an organization to have is a disaster recovery plan. The mentality of “it’ll never happen to me” is the exact wrong tack to take in any endeavor, but it’s especially bad in business. After all, what happens when the inevitable does come to pass, and an organization becomes one of the 25 percent of companies that don’t recover following a major disaster?

Enter cloud-based DR solutions like those offered by Microsoft Azure. By backing up data into hyperscale environments, companies have a low-cost way to make sure their operational information can be reached no matter what’s happening or when.

As a managed service provider, you know your customers need effective DR strategies tailored to their specific needs. Microsoft Azure’s DR and backup capabilities offer clients the flexibility and elasticity necessary in these kinds of environments, along with a tried-and-true strategy that will help them save money in the long run.

Azure BDR
MSPs need to know the ins and outs of Microsoft Azure.

What do MSPs need to know about Microsoft Azure’s backup and recovery solutions?

What are your customers protecting?

“Disaster” could mean a lot of things – but in general, any event that would take a business offline for any amount of time falls into this category. In situations like this, employees are going to need to be able to access and utilize their information in order to maintain a business presence and make sure their own customers aren’t left in the dark.

Andrew Lerner, a vice president of Gartner research, wrote in 2014 that the research firm’s estimate of downtime cost is around $5,600 per minute – or over $300,000 per hour. Other projections place this price tag at an even steeper number. This is why backup and disaster recovery solutions are so important.

Azure Backup DR

It’s critical to have a disaster recovery plan in place – and keeping data in a public cloud like Azure is a good first step.

Cloud-based DR solutions: How Azure can help

As a managed service provider, it’s your job to make sure your customers’ data is safe and can be easily accessed in times of need – so that they don’t suffer the losses cited by Lerner. The cloud has traditionally been a place that DR solutions thrive in, because customers can access their computing environment from anywhere, as long as they have the proper permissions.

“One the main features of a cloud infrastructure is elasticity,” wrote Cloud  Tech contributor Rhonda Sherwood. “This means that in the advent of a disaster, one simply allocates the required resources to the synchronized servers and move the operations to the cloud hosted infrastructure. This type of setup wasn’t possible before the advent of public clouds from reputable cloud hosting providers.”

Azure environments can be used to store and manage different kinds of computing infrastructure and information. At the end of 2014, Microsoft announced Azure’s entrance into the disaster recovery-as-a-service landscape. These solutions allow companies to replicate Hyper-V machines running on their sites in Azure; these replicated environments then serve as the jumping-off point for Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, working as an extension of their own data centers.

“Azure environments can be used to store and manage different kinds of computing infrastructure.”

MSPs partner with NetEnrich

No matter what your clients are using Microsoft Azure for, you’re going to need to know how to service their needs and remain flexible. Partnering with a certified provider of Azure solutions is a way for your organization to gain the expertise necessary to meet the diverse needs of your backup and disaster recovery clients.

Contact the Azure experts at NetEnrich today for more information about how MSPs can benefit from the disaster recovery and data backup solutions provided by the cloud. With help from NetEnrich, MSPs can improve management of data backup and create more value for their customers down the line.




InfoWorld, Gartner, CloudTech

Top 4 ways Azure can benefit your clients

Microsoft announced in March 2016 that its public cloud platform, Azure, was generating around 120,000 new customers every month. This was a certain increase over the 100,000 new customers per month the company had boasted one year previous – a clear indication that enterprise clients are finding the benefits of Azure environments and are latching onto the opportunity to optimize their IT infrastructure by deploying in the public cloud. This creates a huge opportunity for MSPs and CSPs.

The general benefits of cloud computing apply to Azure environments. The cloud is more flexible and scalable than on-premises infrastructure because it’s more difficult and time-consuming to invest in all new equipment every time technology evolves. In addition, the scalability provides enterprises and mid-size companies a way to strengthen their computing strategies as they grow, instead of adding servers piecemeal. The costs involved with maintaining a physical computing environment can be restrictive.

However, there are a few capabilities that Azure really excels in, and MSPs and CSPs should take advantage of these functions in order to make the most out of their Azure business. Let’s take a look at these advantages:

Let's take a look at some key benefits of Microsoft Azure.
Let’s take a look at some key benefits of Microsoft Azure.

1. Data backup and disaster recovery

Cloud deployments powered by Microsoft Azure offer your clients a streamlined way to facilitate data backup and disaster recovery strategies. Because all of their data is backed up to a virtual environment, it’s easy to get to when disaster strikes, even if you can’t reach the office.

According to a survey conducted by Kroll Ontrack, more than 60 percent of companies in the U.K. and Germany don’t test their DR strategies. It’s crucial to make sure your plan for your client’s DR works – and with Azure deployments, and the help of a partner like NetEnrich, it’s simple to conduct these kinds of tests.

“Enterprises can enjoy faster time to market for their development projects.”

2. Development benefits

Business Productivity noted that with cloud environments like Microsoft Azure, enterprises can enjoy faster time to market for their development projects because the underlying infrastructure isn’t a problem. Instead, Azure provides the platform for your clients to build and deploy their applications.

“Since you don’t have to worry about the underlying infrastructure or platform and only focus on developing the functionality of your business application it can be completed in a fraction of the time, thus reducing your time to market,” Business Productivity stated.

3. Ease of use

One of the biggest advantages of an Azure environment is how easy it is to utilize. The average enterprise team can familiarize itself quickly with Microsoft tools and will come naturally to employees – so there won’t be a long learning curve. Because of this, organizations can easily begin developing applications and leverage its capabilities right off the bat – bringing business value to the organization sooner.

Cloud Computing

Microsoft Azure is easy to learn.

4. Cost-effectiveness

MSPs concerned about their margins shrinking don’t have to worry as much about the bottom line with Azure. In 2015, Microsoft made a concerted effort to make Azure Backup the most cost-effective solution for data protection needs. The company rolled out a new pricing model that it hoped would be attractive to its customers.

“Microsoft claims that all customers protecting data to Azure Backup will see some savings with the new model, whether the data is coming from Data Protection Manager (DPM) or from Azure Backup agents running directly on Windows Server and client systems,” wrote v3′s Daniel Robinson in April of last year.

As long as your Microsoft Azure features are being managed properly, you can reap the cost benefits of these kinds of public cloud deployments.

The key: Managed Services

Implementing, managing and monitoring all of your clients Azure deployments can be a time-consuming, expensive process. According to Microsoft Azure cloud strategist James Staten, nearly every enterprise now has at least one relationship with a managed service provider – and that’s for a good reason.

Let NetEnrich help you along the way with our white-labeled managed services for backup, disaster recovery and Infrastructure-as-a-Service applications. With the single-pane-of-glass visibility offered by our Vistara ITOM tools, we can provide key insights into the health of your clients operations and help you optimize their computing environments – giving you more time and money to devote to other projects.

Get in touch with the experts at NetEnrich today for more information about how our managed services can help you take advantage of your Azure deployments to improve IT operations.



Business Productivity, TechCrunch, Betanews

How is the cloud used in health care?

Although health care organizations have been traditionally reticent to adopt cloud due to security and compliance concerns, it’s looking more and more like medical care companies are turning to cloud-based tools to store data and run analytic applications they wouldn’t be able to utilize on their legacy infrastructure.

According to a recent Peak 10 survey of IT professionals across the health care industry, cloud computing is one of the major topics at the top of everyone’s minds. The poll, which gathered information from 157 decision-makers in health care environments, showed that cloud migrations was one of the key IT trends.

How do health care providers use tools like Microsoft Azure?
How do health care providers use tools like Microsoft Azure?

How is the cloud used in health care? What are some specific instances we can point to in order to show how Microsoft Azure and other cloud platforms are being utilized to drive up patient satisfaction and improve outcomes? Let’s take a look:

Internet of Things in health care

The interconnected web of sensor-enabled objects, or the Internet of Things, has given health care organizations support for remote medical care opportunities. Telemedicine is becoming a more prominent way to provide and manage health care, and the IoT connects patient and provider. The Peak 10 study discovered that 46 percent of health care organizations had implemented a telemedicine solution, which allowed 46 percent of them to report greater patient satisfaction levels.

Since the IoT is possible thanks to the cloud, this is just another way organizations are using cloud computing to get them to the next level of patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Cloud Healthcare

The IoT, which depends on the cloud, is helping health care providers improve patient outcomes.

Analytics in the cloud

If there’s one thing that’s certain about health care organizations, it’s that they generate a lot of data. Medical records, images and billing information is all generated on a consistent basis. But where does all this data go, and how do providers use it to create meaning for their patients?

The recent report for the health care big data analytics market found that the vertical has undergone massive growth in recent years. The expansion of big data itself in the industry, along with the increase in pressure to control costs, adopt meaningful use regulations and develop or use new technological advancements, have all been players in the health care big data spectrum.

The cloud is a good place for analytics processes to take place, and health care companies are starting to utilize it for this very purpose. A recent ICD Health Insights report found that 37 percent of overall hospitals were investing in big data, and over 40 percent of organizations were more comfortable with cloud technologies than they had been in the past. What this points toward is a growing adoption of cloud-based tools.

“By using Azure, the NHSBT was able to facilitate stability and flexibility.”

Azure in action

Computer Business Review contributor James Nunns recently noted that NHS Blood and Transplant is one organization that’s benefited directly from cloud-based tools. The NHSBT is an organization that employs around 5,000 people and is responsible for collecting blood in England. It issues around 6,000 units of blood per day, as well as facilitates around 3,500 organ transplants per year – making the operation a crucial one.

Two years ago, the NHS was having trouble keeping up with all the stress on its servers from people signing up to donate and receive blood. It was still doing good business, but it struggled to remain flexible. By using Microsoft Azure, the organization was able to facilitate stability and flexibility.

“Using Azure has directly impacted the number of donors that the service can sign up and retain,” Nunns wrote. “Initially they had expected to register tens of thousands of people, but 18 months after deployment NHSBT has reached a million users.”

In addition to the million users on its site, the new system has had an impact on the amount of donations the group has been able to facilitate since then. Under the previous system, NHSBT had interacted with around 24,000 donors online; now, there are more than 900,000 donors.

For more information about how a migration to Microsoft Azure can help your health care organization stay ahead of the paperwork and have an effective place to store all of your key data, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at NetEnrich, a Microsoft Technology Partner for Azure Services, today.

NetEnrich Insights: Containers Going Mainstream, but still challenging to Deploy

Container technologies are now more popular than they were a few years ago. They consist of an entire runtime environment: an application, plus all its dependencies, libraries and other binaries, and configuration files needed to run it, bundled into one software package.

Containers like Docker provide an opportunity for developer and operations teams to increase efficiency and flexibility in the delivery of their software applications. While not new, container technology is gaining steam as companies look for ways to speed software delivery and leverage emerging technologies such as public cloud infrastructure.

NetEnrich announced the results of a survey of 200 IT professionals, last month. The survey, which ran online in June 2016, focused on the use of containers and related technologies by US companies. The key takeaway from the survey was that companies appear to be moving quickly to deploy container technologies, with 70 percent of respondents using containers today and another 21 percent indicating they plan to do so soon. The main reasons for choosing containers were found to be the Efficiency, Flexibility and Cost Savings on IT Infrastructure and Management.

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NetEnrich Survey Featured – We’re excited to announce that the NetEnrich Survey & results have been featured across major Technology news websites and Blogs. Here’s a list of the publications, and what they wrote about us.


Computer Technology Review

Computer Technology Review

“According to the results of NetEnrich’s survey, the primary benefit, cited by 63 percent of respondents, of using container technology was the improved flexibility it provides in terms of a company’s IT infrastructure. The second most common benefit (53 percent of respondents) was overall IT cost savings. Increased speed/productivity for developers launching code (51 percent) and greater responsiveness to business needs (40 percent) were the third and fourth most often experienced benefits, respectively. Interestingly, 46 percent of respondents said they expected to save as much as 30 percent in annual IT costs through the use of containers, whether in developer productivity, infrastructure expenses or other efficiencies.

Companies are experiencing some growing pains associated with the use of containers. The biggest issue, called out by 55 percent of persons responding to NetEnrich’s survey, has been integrating containers into their existing IT environments. Security (53 percent) and managing containers to avoid sprawl and cost overruns (47 percent) were the next biggest hurdles, followed by a lack of experience with container tech among internal staff (42 percent)”

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SD Times


“About 66% of IT pros described how difficult it is to learn how to efficiently use container tech like Docker, Kubernetes and Mesos. While 21% said these technologies were highly challenging, 66% described it as moderately challenging.”

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Channel e2e


“Trying to figure out the opportunities and challenges associated with Docker and other software container offerings? Check out this NetEnrich survey and the associated results, which offer clues about Docker adoption and potential opportunities for service providers to assist customers.”

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Enterprise Tech


“Along with Google-backed Kubernetes and Docker containers, the survey found that one-third of respondents are using containers tools from San Francisco-based upstart CoreOS, which offers an open-source operating system, container engine, key value store and a container platform integrated with Kubernetes called Tectonic. That platform designed to delivered Google-like services to enterprises. Meanwhile, 11 percent of those surveyed said they are using container tools from cloud specialist Joyent Inc.

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“Is the channel ready for container technologies?

According to Chris Joseph, Vice President of Product management and Marketing at NetEnrich Inc., the jury is still out. While customers lack the internal skill sets for container technologies, many channel firms are not yet poised to step in and help, Joseph said.

It’s new, from a channel perspective…. A lot of the things that are going on in the cloud today with the channel is just basic IaaS [infrastructure as a service] and PaaS [platform as a service] — the ‘lift and shift’ of a workload and application workload onto the cloud, or maybe a little bit of [code refactoring], if you want to go directly to the PaaS layer."

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“The results of our survey indicate that container adoption is on the rise and leading to cost savings and efficiency gains for many IT organizations. However, companies are still grappling with issues such as integration, security and management when it comes to container tech.

“This will likely continue until the skillsets of internal IT staff catch up to the market. In the meantime, companies are benefiting from the support of outside consultants and service providers.”

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NetEnrich combines industrialized services and a proprietary automation platform to deliver IT infrastructure and operations management services from On-Premise to cloud. NetEnrich is also a Microsoft and Amazon cloud partner specializing in accelerating deployment, migration and management of application workloads and containers on Azure and AWS cloud. Our approach to IT operations reduces costs, mitigates risk, provides control and drives innovation. NetEnrich has five global delivery centers, is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California and is a Gartner 2015 Cool Vendor.

For channel businesses: How to sell Azure to your customers

For managed service providers, the Microsoft Azure platform provides a way to improve relationships with customers and opens doors to new revenue streams. Companies are clamoring to deploy public cloud environments – RightScale found earlier this year that 89 percent of enterprises were currently using public cloud, with most organizations using three public and three private clouds on average – and it’s a great idea to take advantage of that opportunity to sell new products to your customers.

Here's a quick guide on how to convince your customers to invest in Azure.
Here’s a quick guide on how to convince your customers to invest in Azure.

How can businesses in the channel find ways to sell Azure to their customer base? Let’s take a look:

“The scalable, pay-as-you-go model is attractive to growing companies.”

Explain the benefits

From small businesses to large enterprises, Azure has something for everyone. The cloud itself boasts a number of important advantages, not least of which are productivity bonuses and better communication between business partners. In fact, a 2015 survey of enterprise IT executives conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services found that collaboration was the number one driver of cloud adoption, with 72 percent of the respondents citing this as a primary reason they moved their IT infrastructure to the cloud.

It’s important for your clients to understand what benefits Azure brings to the table. After all, why would they invest if they’re not sure how these cloud-based tools are going to improve their operations?

Azure helps developers get their projects to market more quickly and with fewer mistakes because cloud infrastructure provides an environment akin to the one in which applications will be deployed, allowing testing and QA departments to test more effectively in the long run. In addition, your customers can cut costs with the public cloud; the scalable, pay-as-you-go model is attractive to those companies growing or looking to grow in the near future.

All of these benefits are important, and emphasizing them will go a long way toward convincing your customers to invest in Azure cloud environments.

Perform IT infrastructure assessments

Deciding on an effective migration strategy from on-premises to the Azure platform is critical for a successful deployment. In order to make sure the current customer environment is prepared for a migration to the cloud, channel businesses need to conduct accurate assessments of their clients’ infrastructure and identify which applications can be moved to the cloud in the first place.

This last point is crucial. Not every part of your customers’ infrastructure needs to – or can – be shifted to the cloud. So determining what should stay or go should be one of the first steps when you broach the cloud conversation with your clients.

“It’s essential that organizations consider all possibilities – both good and bad,” TechTarget pointed out. “Cloud migration issues, such as unexpected costs, interoperability, security gaps and unanticipated application rework, can create significant obstacles. To help smooth a frequently bumpy path, organizations need to craft a well-thought-out migration strategy.”

When you help your customers create this effective migration strategy, they will see the worth in trusting you with their Azure deployments. In doing so, you can assist them in mitigating risks before they become problems and position yourself as an expert in this vertical.

Performing an IT infrastructure assessment will help determine what applications can move to the cloud.
Performing an IT infrastructure assessment will help determine what applications can move to the cloud.

Make sure you partner with the best

Once your clients are fully sold on Azure, it’s paramount that you continue to provide them stellar service while offering a range of cloud-based tools. NetEnrich offers a way for channel partners to sell white-labeled Azure solutions geared toward application migration, data backup and disaster recovery tools, enterprise mobility suite as well as a host of other capabilities, including robust ROI assessment services created to clearly show the ROI of migrating to Azure and to help you grow your Azure business.

For more information about our white-label Azure services, get in touch with the IT infrastructure experts at NetEnrich today.



TechTarget, Business Productivity, RightScale, CIO