Mi8 Moves Into MSP
Messaging ASP Mi8 adds MSP to its business description with new customer-premises based remote management offering.Messaging ASP Mi8 Corp. on Tuesday added MSP to its business description when it announced its new customer-premises based remote management offering. The New York messaging hoster added the option of installing a standardized configuration of Microsoft Exchange servers and supporting technologies at the customer site and of providing remote management of the installation from its own Network Operations Center. The Mi8 OnSight Exchange System is a fully configured and tested Microsoft Exchange offering, installed at the customers site by Mi8, that includes clustered Exchange Servers, a RAID storage system, security, network connectivity and backup systems. Optional configurations include wireless connectivity, Exchange-based workflow applications and integration with other systems. Mi8 operators access the OnSight Exchange System over a VPN.
The new twist to the hosting game, however, comes as MSPs themselves move to the old model of licensing management tools they created to support their services directly to customers. LoudCloud, which has changed its name to Opsware, made such a move last month.