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5 Channel Partner Updates: 13 January 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, January 13, 2017.

Actually, there are 18 timely entries for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on. Take a look…

18. Lenovo Data Center Partner Program: The Lenovo Data Center Partner Program, as expected, will officially launch on April 1. Lenovo confirmed details here.

17. Managed Print Services: PrintFleet Inc., a managed print services software (MPS) specialist, and Brother International Corp. are partnering up. Channel partners will gain “greater fleet management capabilities and added value with a dashboard that offers end-users full visibility into their document imaging devices and workflow,” the duo says.

16. SDN Managed Services: Mirantis has launched managed services for OpenContrail SDN (software-defined networking). The moves follows Mirantis’ acquisition of TCP Cloud, a company specializing in managed services for OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. It’s a safe bet Mirantis will wind up competing with a range of VMware-focused MSPs that are moving into the SDDC (software defined data center) space.

15. SD-WAN Distribution: CloudGenix and Converged Network Services Group (CNSG) are partnering to promote SD-WAN solutions into the IT channel. 

14. Mobile Distribution: Tech Data will promote DataXoom mobile data services to its network of solution providers in the United States.

13. AppDynamics IPO: The pending IPO will be priced at about $10 to $12 per share, valuing the company at about $1.5 billion. The problem: AppDynamics’ last private valuation was $1.9 billion. The company develops Application Performance Monitoring (APM) software that competes with Dynatrace and New Relic. Moreover, Datadog is moving into the APM market and attracting MSPs.

12. New Tata CEO: Tata Consultancy Services CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran will become chairman of parent company Tata Sons Ltd. The 53-year-old executive has led TCS, the group’s biggest unit and Asia’s largest software exporter, since 2009, a tenure under which profits quadrupled and the stock tripled to make it India’s biggest company by market value, Bloomberg noted. The company ousted its former leader last year.

11. Slowing Splunk Growth?: Splunk, the fast-growing provider of analytics software, apparently will grow slightly more slowly this year than Wall Street had been expecting. Splunk expects revenue of $1.175 billion for the fiscal year ending in January 2018, slightly below Wall Street’s earlier expectations of $1.194 billion, Barron’s said. Ummm… The takeaway for channel partners? Splunk is still a high-growth opportunity for partners.

If this was a vinyl album you’d turn it over now to hear side two now. Sweet lyrics — items 10 to 1 — await you on page 2.

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