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5 Channel Partner Updates: 13 April 2017

Welcome to page two. Enjoy a second serving of channel content — items 10 to 1 — here.

10. IoT Infections: The Mirai botnet infected roughly 2.5 million Internet of Things devices by Q4 2016, according to a McAfee report. Mirai is a malware that turns networked devices running on obsolete versions of Linux into remotely controlled “bots” that can be used for a large-scale network attacks, BGR reported.

9. HIPAA Fine – Phishing:  Metro Community Provider Network, has agreed to pay $400,000 and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential noncompliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, Health Informatics reported. According to OCR’s investigation, MCPN filed a breach report with OCR on January 27, 2012 indicating that a hacker accessed employees’ email accounts and obtained 3,200 individuals’ ePHI through a phishing incident, the report said.

8. Cisco and DockerCon: Watch for Cisco Systems to have a major presence at DockerCon 2017

7. Data Center Investments: If you invest in Data Center REITs (real estate investment trusts), you’re likely very happy. Indeed, data center REITs rose 29 percent in FY 2016. But a bumpy road could be coming, according to SeekingAlpha…

6. Microsoft Azure Cloud Migrations: Microsoft has launched new tools to help enterprises move workloads to the Azure cloud. While we’re on the topic, here are the top 50 cloud monitoring and management tools for Azure, Amazon Web Services and more.

5. IT Services Momentum: TeamLogic IT, which supports about 125 MSP franchises, has embraced Unified Office, a VoIP and business communications platform that’s increasingly popular with small business customers. CEO Ray Pasquale describes the Unified Office business strategy here.

4. Cloud Services Brokerage Forecast: The cloud services brokerage (CSB) market is expected to grow from $4.5 billion in 2016 to $9.52 billion by 2021, according to Markets and Markets. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 16.2% percent.

3. M&A – IT Asset Management: Ivanti (formerly LANDESK) has acquired Concorde Solutions, a provider of software asset management solutions. Concorde’s license optimization technology allows customers to manage and optimize software licensing for both client- and server-based enterprise products — including offerings from Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and IBM. Concorde’s Core Control addresses license compliance, purchasing efficiency, change management and service management, the company says.

2. Avaya Bankruptcy Extension?: Hmmm

1. Under Construction: Something new for ChannelE2E readers. Stay tuned.

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