Informal notes from 7/12/16
††††††††† scribbled by Adam Frost (adamfrost@ComputerCareandLearning.com, 617-325-9526)
Marc has lined up subjects for the next two months:
Building a book from idea to shelf-- Aug 2nd
Network monitoring Sept. 13th with Paessler: PRTG Network monitor
October?-- HP VM Explorer
Bring a computer book to swap!
Future dates: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6
Marc would like to have sessions about a business and a vendor or technology the business depends on.
www.northeastern.edu/break-through†† a $10K scholarship-- Bachelors in IT. You
can nominate someone else for the scholarship. A Northeastern faculty member
may come and visit us about their STEM program. This might be good for
December is 30 years of BNUG! Steve has begun a Wikipedia page to explain BNUG.
Technical questions: replace a questionable laptop fan? Yes, says the group, donít take a chance, even if cleaning out the fan makes is seem ok.
Matt Mainhart @ Continuum
Managed Services:† outsourcing management responsibilities. Alternative to break/fix or on-demand outsourcing model, where e bill is only for work done.
The customer is the owner, as opposed to the MSP, who is the service provider.
Matt Mainhart @ Continuum
Fully managed backup/disaster recovery solution for small and medium businesses
Continuum Managed Services overview
(slides will be available via bnug.org)
What is Managed IT services:
Proactive RMM vs. Break/fix. Selling uptime, not a service for uptime.
24/7/365 monitoring/remediation and help desk
Remote triage to avoid being interruptive
Comprehensive backup and disaster recovery
Mobile Device Management
Limited onsite resolution, thus limited intrusion
Support their entire IT infrastructure, all from one vendor
Perfect complement to your current support relationships
Creates more sales opportunities beyond Voice, Data and Internet.
Boston-based† 1200 employees. 800+ NOC tecs. 50K organizations monitored. 1Million devices managed. Offices in Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, UK and Mumbai.
Work only with MSP that resell our services.
The Continuum advantage:
Unified management, pre-integrated tools, predictable costs, always on monitoring, integrated NOC, preventive maintenance, easy access to experts.
They have a dashboard-- the local company has the dashboard, but also has people power to offer-- you can push some of the work on to Continuum.
"Matt's computer service in repair" -- we can be proactive about monitoring what's going on the machines† "Intellimon technology". If they throw up an alert, the NOC people step in and help. They can also run frontline support, and then reach out to the MSP or consultant, this might need onsite fix.
Glenn-- Broadleaf does design, installation and managing, but only run 8 am - 6 pm. So Broadleaf hired Continuum for monitoring, and also help desk for routine stuff. If they can't handle it, they send an email to Broadleaf. This way you can be "larger than you are".
800+ experts with 1 partnership
"Single pane of glass"-- one simple monitoring
Windows, server and desktop
Mobile: Apple, android, microsoft, blackberry
Network devices: SNMP, ICMP, POSIX
Virtual: VMWare/vCenter, Hyperv
Matt on Continuity247, the backup and recovery solution.
Fully managed backup service: 24x7 NOCX team to monitor, troubleshoot and ensure backups run
Proactive services and issue resolution to save you time and labor cost
† Bad hard drive-- NOC will step in and help
Appliance on site, and cloud based, managed with a single pane of glass.
Based on R1Soft, which they chose from 30 companies. They provide CDP technology
Realtime change tracking technology
Efficient storage and resource utilization
Efficient block level backup technology
Reads at bit level, and writes to the cloud. Write a little bit at a time.
How this works:
Backup agent goes to virtual servers, host machines, any windows, seek to add macs and linux.
Agent backs up to server
backup manager, replicates to the cloud. Partner with IBM to use their IBM
Softlayer, with centers in
Integrated with IT support portal for a single pane of glass management.
The local appliance can contain as much info as necessary.
If building doesn't work, you can get a virtual machine from the cloud, using tightvnc-- can be "spun up" right away.
"Lights out computing"-- you can access the NOC remotely.
You can do the cloud stuff to keep you going until you are reprovisioned.
Monitoring of the local backup appliance:
Monitoring backup status:
running on time
offsite sync occurring
You can virtualize any machine and test it
Testing: onsite standby server functionality and performance
offsite virtualized server testing
full site disaster recovery testing with user access and vpn settings
Disaster recovery support
Host machine spins up the guest machines. Big and difficult to backup.
Great talent pool in
Onsite recovery features:
Restore file/folders: original protected server, alternate server, retain ntfs permissions
Virtualization: close to instant recovery times, bring back critical serve4rs
Bare metal restore: more important for servers. †Probably a standard image for workstations.
Matt demonstrated dashboard.
Our group asked about ďContinuity of care, and how the helpers are trained and supervised.
Partner managers help review the help desk access.
Charisse: my big problem is outsourced support.
How does outsourcing work well?† Matt started at the help desk. Jackie Raudeend does a lot of education. On the partner feedback-- we make strides.
Can order usbís to do installs.
Can send seed drive by mail, so you can upload quickly,.
Disaster recovery menu: choose site, appliance, the machine.
Matt got his start at the help desk.
You can request a recovery drive.
Backup appliance can be a Poweredge server.
Download backup agent as a msi, and deploy from policy, or you can push from the backup appliance.
5800 MSPs-- no strict guidelines on retention from Continuum.
What about privacy issues? PCI and HIPAA compliant
You can store credentials.
Staff can access data, but usually not help desk staff.
Matt worked the 4 pm - 12 shift, and really got to know the customers.†† `††