Five Online Scams to Watch for in 2018

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Online scammers never rest. They always find new ways to trick people. You must be vigilant. If you are active online, it is important to stay educated about the scammer’s methods. Here are five scams to watch out for in 2018.

Netflix Phishing Scam: Netflix has a customer base of over 100 million users. That makes it a frequent target of scammers. Some users have received an email asking them to update their billing information before their membership is suspended. If you receive such a message, be cautious. It is always risky to follow links in an email. Before updating your information with Netflix, go directly to the official website and log in from there.

Google Chrome Browser Freeze: Google Chrome is the most widely used browser, which makes it a frequent target of scammers. Upon visiting certain infected websites, Google Chrome will begin to download thousands of files. Soon after, your Chrome browser is likely to become unresponsive. Next, you receive a pop-up with a toll-free number to a fake technical support line.

This malware spreads through the use of infected ads on reputable websites, so using an ad blocker will prevent most attacks. Make sure that your computer’s virus protection is up-to-date. If your browser freezes, you can still close Chrome through the task manager by selecting Control-Alt-Delete on your keyboard.

New 2018 Microsoft Phishing Scam: Many Microsoft Hotmail, Live, and Outlook users have received fraudulent emails claiming that their account will be frozen if they don’t update to 2018 Microsoft. If you follow the link in the email, you are asked to enter your username and passwords. If you do as the scammers request, they will have access to your login information and can take control of your Microsoft-related accounts.

If you receive this message, go to Hotmail, Live, or Outlook directly. After you log in to your account, you will receive instructions if there are indeed any problems. Remember: don’t ever follow a link in a suspicious email.

FedEx Parcel Scam: Many FedEx users have received phishing emails with a subject line stating “FedEx: Delivery Problems Notification”. The scammers have created an email template almost identical to FedEx’s official email template, so beware. If the email asks for information about credit cards, invoices, or account numbers, it is not a genuine email from FedEx. If you have any questions about your FedEx account, go directly to the FedEx website and log in from there.

$1,000 Amazon Gift Card scam: This scam has been around for years, and is still a problem in 2018. Infected ads at reputable websites install adware that shows pop-ups. Once infected with the adware, you will receive a message claiming you have won a $1,000 Amazon gift card. If you click the pop-up, it takes you to a short survey. After you complete the survey, you are asked to provide personal information, such as banking details and contact information.

Never click any pop-ups that claim you have won an Amazon gift card.

Online scammers are very creative, continually developing new tools and methods. But the criminal’s best weapon always remains the same: exploiting user complacency. Even if you know the site is reputable, be suspicious when you receive emails and pop-ups. If you have a question about one of your accounts, go directly to the website and log in. Don’t ever follow a link in an email unless you are 100% certain it is authentic. Keep up-to-date on the latest scams. Be smart and stay safe.  Contact Elevated Tech today for user awareness training!


Elevated Technologies Ranked Among Top 100 Cloud Services Providers

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7th Annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 Report Identifies Top Cloud Services Providers

December 5, 2017: Elevated Technologies ranks among the world’s Top 100 cloud services providers (CSPs), according to Channel Futures seventh-annual Talkin’ Cloud (TC) 100 report.

The full report is available now by visiting ChannelFutures.com.

Based on data from Channel Futures’ online survey, conducted between August to October 2017, the TC 100 list recognizes top cloud services providers (CSPs), including MSPs, hosting companies, cloud consultants and more. Rankings are based on annual cloud services revenue growth, and input from Channel Futures editors.

“This is a great honor and very humbling to be mentioned alongside other great CSPs around the globe,” said Jason Rorie, Founder, Elevated Technologies. “We are dedicated to providing the best solutions for our clients.  Leveraging our CSP and MSP practices, allows us to do just that – be the best IT partner possible.”

“On behalf of Channel Futures, I would like to congratulate Elevated Technologies for its recognition as a Talkin’ Cloud 100 honoree,” said Nicole Henderson, a contributing editor at Channel Futures who oversees the TC 100 project. “The organizations on this year’s list demonstrate everything from technological prowess to thought leadership to business excellence across a number of functional disciplines. If you want to understand where the market is heading, watch these companies in 2018.”

About Elevated Technologies

If you want more from your IT support company and are in need of a robust system to solve even your most challenging technology problems, your solution starts with Elevated Technologies. With Houston’s most advanced team of IT support experts and one-of-a-kind IT solutions, even your most challenging technology problems are no match for Elevated Tech. Our team of IT support experts implement advanced technology strategies, leveraging IT as a competitive advantage. Our mission is to create a personal, trusting relationship with every client in order to serve each business to the fullest.

About Informa

The Channel Futures brand is part of Informa which operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business. With more than 7,500 employees globally, it has a presence in all major geographies, including North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  For additional information on Informa, visit www.Informa.com and for information on Channel Futures, visit www.ChannelFutures.com.

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Elevated Technologies:

Elevated Technologies Marketing

marketing@elevated-tech.com

Channel Futures:

Nicole Henderson, Content Director, Channel Futures and ITPro

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Improving and Optimizing Your Windows 10 Experience

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The improvement features introduced in Windows 10 make it one of Microsoft’s most successful operating systems. However, poor PC management practices can still detract from the user experience. Here are several ways to improve these practices and ensure a high quality operating system.

Windows 10 has advanced security features, but it can still experience issues when you are not up-to-date on the latest protection and practices. Many forms of malware or viruses can enter this operating system, so consider doing a thorough scanning of your PC at weekly or bi-monthly intervals. If you make a habit of scanning your PC and updating antivirus programs, you can improve your chances of staying virus-free. Please contact us at Elevated Technologies with any questions or concerns about malware or viruses.

Another measure of PC performance is the amount of RAM space you have. Having more RAM equates to a faster PC. Consider adding at least 4 gigabytes of RAM for a 32-bit PC, or 8 gigabytes for a 64-bit system. You can look into adding more if you plan on using your PC for design, video-editing, gaming, or other intensive processes. You can also monitor the bandwidth MHz rating of your PC’s memory. The higher the MHz rating is, the better your PC will perform.

If you have not installed Windows 10 yet, then this next step can apply to you. Before installing the operating system, determine whether you have a hard disk drive (HDD), or solid state drive (SSD). Generally, Windows 10 performs at a more optimized level on an SSD over an HDD.

Keeping drivers for your devices and motherboard updated is also essential for an optimized PC. You can find updated drivers by simply going to your device manufacturer’s website. Each driver update can help keep your PC components running efficiently. Before downloading a driver update, look into whether it is compatible for a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.

Many internet service providers (ISPs) promote fast bandwidth, but they can also overwhelm your system. When this happens, the loading speeds of programs can be affected. To prevent this, use a faster DNS server such as Google Public DNS. Once you have found the one you want to run with, set it as your primary DNS server in your TCP/IP settings.  Questions about your IT network configuration can be solved by Elevated Technologies’ Managed IT Services

Lastly, one of the most important factors to maintaining a perfectly running PC is to ensure the operating system itself is updated. These updates are critical since they can fix bugs and patch up security vulnerabilities. Windows 10 updates are generally available on the second Tuesday of every month, but other updates can be released as a response to security threats. Be sure to make the time to install these updates, as they can extend the life of your operating system. Once you have developed a habit of making regular security updates and upgrading to the most compatible hardware, you can ensure the best Windows 10 experience.


Elevated Tech Named to 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

Elevated Technologies Recognized on 2017 CRN Next-Gen 250 List

Annual List Features Trailblazing Solution Providers Transforming Business with Emerging Technologies

Houston, TX, November 8, 2017 – Elevated Technologies, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Elevated Technologies to its 2017 Next-Gen 250 list. The annual list recognizes standout IT solution providers who have successfully transformed their businesses to meet the demands of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, virtualization, mobility, business analytics and business intelligence. These solution providers, all in business for fewer than 20 years, have adapted to an evolving marketplace with a notable penchant for bringing key technologies to their clients before they become mainstream.

Elevated Technologies has provided Houston businesses with innovative IT support and technology solutions since 2006. Our IT leadership team strives to offer our high-end technology services at a price point that fits seamlessly into your’ business initiatives.  We believe in providing the most powerful IT support systems with delivery that focuses on providing distinct solutions to meet the unique IT needs of each individual client.

“We are honored and humbled to be part of this list,” said Jason Rorie, Founder of Elevated Technologies.  “We strive to say on the cutting edge of technology to best serve our clients.”

“This group of solution providers is leading the way when it comes to emerging technologies, bravely stepping into the uncharted territory of next-generation IT solutions ahead of their peers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Our 2017 Next-Gen 250 list is comprised of relatively new companies as well as established ones, all sharing the common thread of successful, trailblazing solutions designed to meet an unprecedented set of customer needs. We congratulate each team on its vision and contribution to the overall advancement of the IT channel.”

A sampling of the Next-Gen 250 list will be featured in the December issue of CRN. The complete list will be available online at www.crn.com/nextgen250.

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Elevated Technologies Launches New Website and Branding Initiative.

Elevated Technologies Launches New Website & Branding

Elevated Technologies, a company that provides Managed IT and Cloud Services, announces today the launch of its new website and branding initiatives. This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding of the company’s core services.

The new site has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the company’s mission to provide word class IT services to the Houston market. The new website goes live today, November 1, 2017 and is located at the same address: http://www.elevated-tech.com/.

We are excited about our new website launch and new branding.  We feel this website conveys the message we want to stress to our clients and future potential clients.  Elevated Technologies is all about the relationship, correct level of service and understanding budgets.

Elevated Tech’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of product launches, business activity, corporate milestones and events. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the company HERE.


The Benefits of Technology for Business Owners

Learn about the benefits of technology for small business owners.

Some business owners see technology as a necessary evil, but others view it as a trusted friend and partner. No matter which camp you fall into, there are plenty of proven benefits of incorporating the right technology into your daily operations. Read on to learn more about the benefits of technology for business owners.

These days, just about every business uses technology in one way or another. Online businesses may use technology in different ways, but even the most old-school firm uses computers, servers and other equipment to store customer data, safeguard employment information, and keep the back-office operations running smoothly. Here are some of the biggest benefits your business can enjoy by using the latest technology:

Lower Personnel Costs with Technology

Personnel costs are the biggest expense many small businesses face, but technology can lower those costs significantly. Whether you are running a brand new startup and building a great team, or are the owner of an existing business trying to cut costs, the right technology for your business can reduce expenses and help you do more with less.

If you run a large call center, you could ramp up (and staff up) during periods of high activity. Or, you could harness the power of technology, implementing a voice response system that expertly routes calls to the correct staff members. That simple change could increase the productivity of your existing staff by 25-30%. More importantly, that increase in existing staff productivity could eliminate the need to hire additional workers during periods of peak activity.

Greater Productivity with Modern Technology for Business

It has never been more important for business owners to do more with fewer resources. Increased competition from the internet and elsewhere has created a difficult environment for businesses who are unable to adequately control their costs, as well as those who are unable to get lean and mean when facing an uncertain future.

The right technology for your business can greatly increase productivity, lowering costs and boosting profits in the process. Moving your data from local storage to the cloud gives your workforce the ability to work from anywhere, whether they are in the office, on vacation or at home with their families. This increase in productivity translates directly into higher profits, a big advantage for any growing business.

Lower Hardware Costs

Hardware costs can be a killer for any small business and even some larger firms. While the price of computer equipment—including desktops, laptops and servers—has dropped in recent years, business-class equipment is still quite pricey, especially when you add the cost of specialty software and per-seat licensing.

In response to these rising costs, a growing number of businesses have adopted a bring your own device (BYOD) approach to hardware acquisition. Since every new hire already has a computer in their pocket, the thinking goes, why purchase additional hardware when we do not have to?

The BYOD approach makes a lot of sense for businesses, and advances in technology have made the option more attractive than ever before. The growing capabilities of smartphones and tablets have made them more powerful than ever, reducing or even eliminating the need for a desktop computer in every cubicle.

A Better Work/Life Balance with Technology Enhancements

Maintaining a quality work/life balance is an important part of business in the 21st century. Parents are increasingly willing to trade extra pay for more time off, and older workers are actively seeking alternatives to retirement.

Whether the goal is facilitating phased retirement for your baby boomer employees or helping the new mom stay at home and still keep her job, technology can be a big help. The new mother who wants to stay at home with her newborn will benefit mightily from a self-contained workspace that can she can install on her own. The baby boomer looking for a phased exit from the workforce can take advantage of technology to work part time from home and part time in the office.

This ability to maintain a quality work/life balance is good for workers, but it is also good for businesses and the bottom line. The cost of recruiting and training a new employee can be as much as 10 times the cost of retaining an existing worker, so the benefits are easy to see.

Making adjustments for the needs of individual workers can also enhance the reputation of the business and make future recruiting efforts easier and more successful. Finding qualified workers may not be a problem during periods of economic downturn, but when things pick up, businesses often experience a shortage of good workers. Creating a workplace that values work/life balance could put your firm at the top of the list and help you find the workers you need no matter how low the unemployment rate gets.

More Efficient Use of Space

Paper files for one business could easily fill up several rooms, but a computer can store all of those files and more easily fit on a desktop. With every square foot of space an added expense, it is easy to see how shrinking your space requirements will benefit the bottom line.

More efficient use of space is one of the biggest, yet most often overlooked, benefits of business technology. If you are running a brand new startup, you can get by with a small rented office space instead of a larger and more expensive one. If you are trying to cut costs in an established business, you can use technology to reduce your space requirements, and every square foot you lose is more money in your pocket.

As you can see, technology can benefit your business in many different ways. No matter what kind of firm you own or how long you have been in business, improving your technology can lower your costs, enhance your productivity, boost your profits and allow your employees to work from anywhere.


Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability


Understanding KRACK: What Does the WPA2 Security Breach Mean For The Average Person?

Researchers from Belgium’s KU Leaven university sent the internet into a panic the morning of October 16 when they announced that they had found a core vulnerability in WPA2. Sensational headlines quickly proclaimed that any device using WiFi was now open to attack, but that isn’t really the case. It’s technically true that any network using the WPA2 protocol can be exploited, but it’s far from the end of the internet as we know it.

What is WPA2?

WPA2 is the security protocol used by just about all modern devices (computers, phones and tablets) when they connect to a network to get onto the internet. WPA2 encrypts all the communications between your device and the network, so that other people on the network can’t snoop into them or manipulate them while in transit.

The exploit that the security researchers discovered, called KRACK, is a core flaw in the protocol. To simplify it as much as possible, it allows someone on the network to capture the encryption keys needed for communication, making it possible for them to see and manipulate the data people are passing. If you were on a network compromised by KRACK, the attacker would be able to see everything you are doing on the internet, and would be able to capture anything you entered or uploaded (like passwords).

Is All WiFi Insecure Now?

That sounds bad enough to be the death of all WiFi, but there are a few mitigating factors that make this not nearly as bad as it initially appears.

The first thing to know is that not all devices are equally affected by this exploit. While anything using WPA2 can potentially be attacked, it seems to be a very difficult attack to pull off on many devices. Older devices running Android and Linux seem to be disproportionately vulnerable to it, while newer Windows devices are less vulnerable.

The second thing to know is that this vulnerability can be patched, and hardware vendors began scrambling to do so before it was even announced. Fortunately, a team of university researchers discovered this and kept it from the general public, but gave weeks of advance notice to major hardware and software companies before publishing their findings. For example, on the day the vulnerability was announced, Microsoft announced that they had patched Windows to secure against it a week earlier. Once a device is patched, it is no longer vulnerable, and this exploit had never been seen in the wild prior to the publication of the research paper. So a lot of devices will be securely patched before it can even be widely deployed by criminals.

The third thing to know is that the attacker needs to be an authorized user directly connected to the network they are attacking. If you have a home WiFi network that only you and your family have the passwords for, it is extremely unlikely anyone could run this exploit on you. The biggest threat is to public networks that anyone can access, like those at coffee shops, airports and shopping malls. The attacker also has to be physically close enough to the device they are targeting, as they have to be able to get in the middle of its communications with the network.

What Should You Do About This?

The first thing to do is to see if patches to your devices are available. This will likely involve an update to your operating system, like Windows or Android. A patched device can still safely communicate with an unpatched network. Unsure about patching? Contact Elevated Technologies.

Some devices will not be able to be patched, such as phones and tablets running old versions of Android that have been abandoned by their hardware manufacturers. If you have a device that can’t be patched, you will need to be more cautious about connecting to wireless networks with it. If you need to use a particular public WiFi network, ask the company hosting it if they have patched their routers to secure against it.

Though there is an outside chance that an attacker could inject malicious code (like malware or ransomware) by intercepting your transmissions with a network, the biggest issue is privacy. If you are using an unpatched device on an unknown network, assume that anyone can see what you are doing.

In other words, stick to what was standard common-sense security protocol prior to this, which is to never enter sensitive personal, financial or account login information while on a public network!


9 Ways Managed Cloud Solutions Benefit Your Business

Managed cloud solutions can benefit your business, and your bottom line.

 

If you are part of a small business, you already understand how challenging your job can be. Small business owners and employees wear many hats, from front-line customer service representative and salesperson to human resources and hiring manager. However, there are many ways managed cloud solutions benefit your business and can take some things off your plate.

The good news is you do not have to add IT specialist and network engineer to the list of duties. In fact, trying to serve as your own IT specialist can be counterproductive and dangerous. If you want to keep your data safe, accessible and backed up, managed cloud solutions is the right choice for your Houston business.

Some small business owners believe managed cloud solutions are only for large corporations, and the benefits of storing data in the cloud do not apply to them. In fact, the opposite is often true—small businesses have a great deal to gain from cloud storage solutions.

  1. Greater Security with Managed Cloud Solutions

The security of your data is key to your success, and cloud storage can provide the safety you need to protect your customers, your employees and your proprietary trade information.

  1. Ease of Compliance with a Cloud Solutions Provider

Many fields require specific compliance with privacy laws and industry regulations, and meeting those requirements on your own can be tough. By working with an established cloud solutions provider such as Elevated Technologies, you can make compliance easier and give yourself one less thing to worry about.

  1. Managed Cloud Solutions Expertise

You may be an expert in your industry, but you are most likely not a data storage expert. Working with a cloud solutions provider gives you access to specific expertise, so you can focus on doing what you do best.

  1. Predictable Costs for Your Cloud Solutions Program

The cost of data storage can ramp up quickly when you do it on your own, but cloud storage costs are much easier to predict. The fixed-cost nature of cloud solutions can make budgeting a lot easier.

  1. Ransomware Protection

Ransomware is a growing threat for small businesses, but cloud storage is a great way to stay protected. When you have recent backups of all your files stored in the cloud, the ransom threat loses its immediacy.

  1. Secure Data Backup with Managed Cloud Solutions

Backing up your files is essential to protecting your data, but it is easy to let those backups slide. When your data is stored in the cloud, you can put your backups on automatic, so you will not have to worry.

  1. Simpler Disaster Recovery Solutions

Disasters happen, so it is important to be prepared. Cloud solutions can simplify your disaster recovery process and give you extra peace of mind.

  1. Established Technology

The cloud is no longer a new concept, and Elevated Technologies has a strong track record of success and secure data storage.

  1. Remote Access with the Cloud

When your data lives in the cloud, your employees can access that information from anywhere. Whether they are at the local coffee shop, on the road or in a hotel room, your employees can get the information they need no matter where they go.

With Elevated Technologies by your side moving your data from the desktop and server to the cloud makes a great deal of sense. Falling cloud solutions pricing and expanded capabilities have put cloud storage within reach for even the smallest firm, so there is no reason to put off the move any longer.

Are you ready to take the leap? Request a quote today on our website—we are ready to serve your technology needs.


Is Your MSP Improving Your Office Environment?

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For a healthy business, you need a healthy office environment. Turning to an MSP to handle your IT needs can drastically improve not only your network security, but also your work environment. Here’s how:

Higher Efficiency—With excellently trained technicians monitoring and maintaining your network, your entire office will start to run more efficiently. One of Elevated Tech’s promises is that we stop problems before they start—how much more work do you think your office could get done if someone was doing that for you?

Better Office Mentality—The less problems you or your employees have to deal with and try to work around, the less frustration for everyone. Think about how much more positivity would exude from your office when everyone’s workday is overall smoother with less bumps in the road.

More Time—Everyone wants more time in the day. One of the benefits of outsourcing  IT is the extra time your office will benefit from when your own employees don’t have to handle the responsibility of supporting the network and/or troubleshooting solutions to problems that arise. While some MSPs or IT guys can take hours or even days to respond to a call, Elevated Tech’s promise is to answer every call for support within the hourand we usually get back to you before that.

More Flexibility– In a small business, flexibility is a necessity. Certain MSPs like Elevated Tech also offer cloud services so your files are accessible 24/7 from anywhere—even in a disaster, because any good MSP will have a disaster recovery plan ready to go at a moment’s notice. Your employees can work from home, download important documents from any meeting in any location, collaborate and will thank you for making their office such an accommodating place to work.

Every office is different, but the best MSPs will take the time to give you a detailed and accurate network assessment in order to accommodate your business’ unique needs. Contact Elevated Tech today to experience this firsthand, and sit back and watch how your office improves.


Elevated Technologies Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor

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Elevated Technologies Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor

10th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies
World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology

DATE June 13, 2017: Elevated Technologies ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to MSPmentor’s 10th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier.

The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at MSPmentor.net. In addition to honoring Elevated Technologies this year’s MSP 501 list and study showcases the top ranked MSPs worldwide. Over the next few weeks, MSPmentor will unveil additional lists showcasing:

  • The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • The top Small Business MSPs’ list, comprised of organizations with 10 or fewer employees
  • The top vertical markets pursued by MSP 501 companies
  • The leading tools they leverage to run their businesses
  • And the top technologies they provide to customers

“This is quite an honor,” said Jason Rorie, Founder of Elevated Technologies. “We are very pleased and humbled to be in such great company with other outstanding MSPs.”

“On behalf of MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate Elevated Technologies for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2017 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

The 2017 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors. Data was collected online from Feb. 16 through May 15, 2017. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Elevated Technologies

Elevated Technologies delivers premier managed IT services, consultation and support for organizations that absolutely depend on their technology. We specialize in IT Management,  Monitoring & Maintenance, Business Continuity, Remote & Onsite Network Support, and Data Security. The hallmarks of our service – flexibility, reliability, protection – are the guiding principles behind our world-class IT management and professional services.

About Penton Technology’s Channel Brands

Penton Technology’s channel brands define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. They are a division of Informa. The channel brands include: MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com), the WHIR (http://www.thewhir.com) and WebHostingTalk (http://webhostingtalk.com).

 About Informa

Penton Technology, Think Tank, MSPmentor, The VAR Guy, Talkin’ Cloud, the WHIR, WebHostingTalk, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

Informa has over 7,500 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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Aldrin.Brown@penton.com