Phone+ has an article about the Top MSP's. IT folks don't want to be VAR (value added resellers) or Systems Integrators any more. They want monthly recurring income, hence, managed service provider.
The Top 100 Managed Service Providers were named this week in a report published by Nine Lives Media Inc., publisher of MSPmentor.net. This is the second annual MSPmentor 100 report, identifying the world’s 100 most progressive MSPs.... Among the report highlights, MSPmentor 100 companies generated a combined $799 million in annual managed services revenue in 2008, up 46 percent from 2007. They remotely manage 870,531 devices in 2008 ... And, they are pushing deeper into new business opportunities including managed unified communications (29.1 percent), software as a service-based CRM (18.4 percent) and managed video surveillance (17.3 percent).
As I commented on the Phone+ blog, MSP or VAR will be the replacement for Telecom Agents. It will also be the replacement for the ISP - at least, the DSL resellers. All the Layer 7 stuff, I have preached about for 3 or more years - back-up, email archiving, security, VOIP - VAR and MSP businesses are selling and making money off.