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5 Channel Partner Updates: 16 November 2016

Welcome to page two of today’s updates. Here are items 10 to 1.

10. Network Monitoring M&A: Virtual Instruments has acquired Xangati for its networking and virtualization monitoring expertise, TechTarget notes. The company plans to integrate the new technology into the VirtualWisdom platform, the site reported.

9. IoT Security Guidance: The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Tuesday released guidance that presses the makers of IoT devices to build robust security protections into their products from the outset in order to help them better withstand a wide range of potential disruptions and threats, Law360 reported. The move comes only a few weeks after IoT cameras were hijacked for a massive DDoS attack.

8. Ransomware Mitigation: Infrascale is launched a Ransomware Antidote Program for partners. It’s designed to help educate their clients and equip them with solutions and early warning systems to quickly recover their data, databases, and mission-critical applications from ransomware attacks. Teaser alert: Stay tuned for an associated anti-ransomware website, which is expected to launch on Thursday. Infrascale which competes in the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market, launched a formalized channel partner program earlier this year. Multiple BDR (backup and disaster recovery) companies have introduced ransomware education initiatives. Additional examples include Datto’s Business Guide to Ransomware and Intronis MSP Solutions’ Smarter MSP Guide to Ransomware. Infrascale also has an Ultimate Ransomware Guide ebook.

7. Top Three Cloud Security Concerns: The top three cloud security concerns in 2016 are unauthorized access (69%), malware (37%) and denial of service (DoS) attacks (34%), according to a Netwrix survey of IT security pros…

6. Rise of the Azure Bots: Still skeptical about bot computing for IT service desks? Check out Microsoft’s new cloud bot as a service offering — built atop Azure. Microsoft expects plenty of businesses to embed the bot service into help desks, chat services and more…

5. HIPAA Fraud Triggers Big Penalties: Hey, we all know most HIPAA violations involve relaxed processes or poor business procedures. But sometimes the violations allegedly involve alleged healthcare fraud. The penalties for such behavior can be steep

4. Google Shakes Off Brexit: Despite Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, Google continues to make heavy investments in the UK. So do most other major cloud companies. Still, big names like Apple and Microsoft are raising prices in Britain amid the challenging British Pound exchange rate…

3. MSP Acquisition and Valuation: Fusion has acquired Apptix for about $28 million — or roughly 1.1 times revenues or 3.5 times EBITDA. Not exactly a huge valuation. Why’s that? We’ll share more details later today.

2. Managed Cloud Acquisition: DataStax, a provider of database software for cloud applications based on Apache Cassandra, has acquired DataScale, a provider of cloud-based management services for data infrastructure. What’s next? The DataStax Managed Cloud, a fully-managed database service that will arrive in 2017. AWS support will arrive first. I assume Azure and Google Cloud Platform support will arrive sometime thereafter.

1. Here We Go: ChannelE2E is heading over to the New Relic FutureStack 16 conference today in San Francisco. Meanwhile, rival AppDynamics is hosting its AppSphere 2016 conference in Las Vegas. Both companies specialize in application performance monitoring, which is gaining more and more interest from MSPs. Stay tuned for updates from both events.

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    David Ochser:

    Love reading the Channel Update… Tremendous amount of Value. Keep up the great work!!!

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey David: Greetings from some coffee house somewhere in the United States. Thanks for your readership. I’m an unemployed coffee addict without ChannelE2E’s readership.


    Stephen Thomas:

    Thanks Joe for including Cyberbit’s new Program in the update. Looking forward to working with your readership as we bring Cyberbit’s solutions to the NAM market.

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Stephen,

      Thanks for the note. Please keep me posted on company and partner milestones.

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