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Ear Holed

American football player against a Cloud background. Talk to your clients about the Cloud or you might get ear holed.
Football games are as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. In football, there’s a term called getting “ear holed”. For those who have never played the greatest sport in America, the best definition I can provide is as follows: Ear Holed: A player being tackled/blocked from the side, leaving ones feet and potentially losing consciousness momentarily, without warning or seeing the hit coming. If you’re more visually inclined, check out this video clip. I think we can all agree no one wants to be #10 from Wisconsin in that moment. Continue reading

Do-It-Yourself Consumers of Cloud

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We have all been in that conversation, when a customer is describing a need, a capability or a solution requirement that is a perfect fit for a Cloud-based platform. Before they even finish speaking, we have the “answer”! We cannot wait to jump in and prove how “smart we are”, how our company, our ecosystem partners, or our Cloud offerings are cutting-edge. One problem. What if your client doesn’t buy into the Cloud strategy? What if they want to manage their core infrastructure, keep their data in-house and be able to “touch” their production? Regardless of the fact that Cloud-based solutions can remove complexities, this type of DIY IT buyer is impervious to white papers, TCO models, ROI calculators and any other presales tool used to funnel their IT spend to Cloud computing. Now what? Continue reading

How secure do your customers think they really are?

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These days, one of the biggest challenges your customers face is keeping their data, apps, and infrastructure secure from malware, hackers, and thieves. Quest can help you keep your customers safe and identify vulnerabilities that are often overlooked. With comprehensive state-of-the-art security capabilities, Quest has built the understanding that to be effective, security measures need to work together in awareness of each other. That’s why we customize, integrate, and fine-tune our security offerings to precisely fit your customers’ particular needs. Continue reading

Optimizing Clients Backup and Recovery Strategies

How many of your customers can reliably backup their data, then reliably recover it?   Data backup has moved beyond traditional tape, which is notoriously unreliable. Fortunately, with Quest’s help you can offer your customers alternatives that provide a range of reliable and affordable data availability options.
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Quest’s Global Network of Service Delivery Centers are Ready Right Now to Meet Your Clients’ Needs

Map of Quest's global network of Service Delivery Centers
When it comes to choosing a partner to help you meet changing client demands, you face some tough decisions. As I see it, you need three things to make a successful partnership:
  1. A partner who’s willing to share — i.e., when you make a sale, you get a piece of the proceeds, including a portion of ongoing revenue from Cloud service subscriptions.
  2. A partner with the right offerings — i.e., a solid bench of Cloud and other technology solutions that truly address your clients’ requirements.
  3. A partner who fields sufficient resources to reliably deliver what you’ve promised your clients — i.e., not merely strong technical experience/expertise but also a network of leading edge data centers specifically designed with the virtualization, automated management, and security capabilities.
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When your customers want Cloud: Bring in the experts for free with a Quest Cloud Feasibility Assessment

With all the hype these days about Cloud computing, it can be easy to forget two very important facts:
  1. Not all Clouds are created equal. Different types of Clouds — say, public versus private versus hybrid — have different capabilities and limitations. What’s more, some Cloud providers do a better job than others of building the best Cloud infrastructure and maintaining an ability to customize it to meet customer requirements.
  2. Not all applications and data belong in a Cloud environment.
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New, partner-ready Quest cloud solutions and our enhanced partner portal — designed to boost sales and recurring revenue

Quest is proving its’ commitment to helping you grow your business with the launch of our new partner-ready Cloud solution offering — Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). Helping you make DaaS into a new revenue stream We’ve designed our new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud offering to help you support customers engaging in the consumerization of their IT. Quest’s DaaS enables your customers to shift the hassles of end-user desktop device management to the Cloud. End-user desktops look and perform as usual and remain secure even as the desktop images are rapidly deployed on-demand to virtually any device (including employee-owned) anywhere. Continue reading

Quest Partner Program: Helping Partners Differentiate Themselves

The challenge of finding new customers or demonstrating the benefits of moving up the services value chain to existing customers is paramount for any sales rep. By offering Quest’s FREE Assessments, you identify and sell to customers’ pain points rather than focusing on technology – you’re positioned to meet customers’ immediate needs, therefore creating up selling opportunities. Continue reading

Finding your way in a hybrid cloud future

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As anyone who does business with smaller enterprises knows, most have begun to use some sort of cloud service. One survey conducted last summer for EMC shows 62% using cloud — up from 28% a year earlier. Note that most of these companies are using public cloud services, and plenty of that use is what’s called ‘shadow IT’ — which is to say, end-users are doing unauthorized end runs around their IT departments to access these public cloud services for the sake of convenience and ease of use. Continue reading

Why you should sell Desktop-as-a-Service

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The first reason is crystal clear: Because your customers want it. A LOT — and right now. In the last six months at Quest, we’ve added thousands of DaaS seats across more than 50 new customers. This shows DaaS to be a hot topic — which makes it, so to speak, a foot in your customer’s door. Quest offers DaaS with a free, well-supported Proof-of-Concept (which I’ll describe in more detail in my next blog). This creates an effective Try-and-Buy model that easily serves as a “pilot.” So your customers can start out small and broaden their commitment to DaaS as their experience and comfort levels increase. Continue reading