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5 Channel Partner Updates: 12 July 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Actually, there are nine updates 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…

Frank Vitagliano

9. Hall of Famer: Frank Vitagliano — the well-known veteran of IBM, Juniper and Dell — will join the IT Hall of Fame as the sole inductee for 2017, CompTIA and The Channel Company announced. An awards ceremony honoring Vitagliano is set for August 15 during The Channel Company’s XChange 2017 conference in Orlando, Fla. Vitagliano is now CEO of Computex Inc., a major IT solutions provider.

8. IoT Distribution: Ingram Micro Canada has agreed to distribute Litmus Automation‘s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform.

7. Managed Services: Datapipe, which offers managed cloud services for the enterprise, has achieved eight Gold and three Silver Microsoft Partner Competencies for its expertise in Microsoft technologies in the past year…

6. Data Center Chips: Intel has unveiled Xeon Scalable Processor chips for major cloud data center providers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. Google Cloud Platform was the first data center to adopt the new Intel processors, Reuters says.

5. Cisco UCS: The networking giant has announced a new generation of servers and software as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) M5 generation push. All the technical details are right here.

4. Net Promoter Score: Masergy, a provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and managed security solutions, claims to have a Net Promoter Score of 74 — six times higher than the telecom industry average of 12 and three times greater than the B2B technology industry rating of 24, the company asserts.

3. M&A, Part I: Extreme Networks expects to finalize the Avaya Networking acquisition by this Friday, July 14. Extreme has been working overtime to assure Avaya partners that it will hit the ground running with the acquired assets. The deal should add about $200 million to Extreme’s annual revenues, the company claims. Avaya, meanwhile, continues to navigate the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

2. M&A, Part II: Arcserve has acquired Zetta, a cloud-first provider of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offerings. The deal could allow Arcserve to scale more effectively into the midmarket. Zetta has promising technology but the company has struggled to gain critical mass with mainstream MSPs. Indeed, Zetta had pivoted multiple times in recent years, trying to figure out how exactly to build its partner ecosystem. Arcserve, meanwhile, appears to be gaining some traction. The company earlier this year also acquired FastArchiver, a custom-build email archiving technology.

1. M&A, Part 3:  Datavail, a provider of managed services for applications, business intelligence, and databases, has acquired Accelatis, an enterprise performance management software platform company. We’ll share more thoughts soon.

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