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5 Channel Partner Updates: 19 December 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Monday, December 19, 2016.

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. If Darth Vader Coached MSPs: The outcome would be this

17. You Don’t Say: Oracle will lose the database battle in Amazon’s cloud, according to Global Equities. Um, that’s not exactly a surprising prediction — considering Amazon Aurora has serious database momentum. Still, Oracle will enjoy plenty of cloud success — particularly in terms of customers running SaaS and PaaS workloads on Oracle’s own cloud.

16. Debt Instead of Venture Backing?: Some U.S. startups are now pursuing debt and bank loans to fund their next stage of growth — rather than connecting with venture capitalists, Bloomberg suggests. The good news: Those startups aren’t diluting their ownership stakes. The bad news: Some of the startups may ultimately risk defaulting on the debt…

Jim Stoneham

Jim Stoneham

15. SMB Application Performance Management: Keep a close eye on Jim Stoneham. The New Relic executive gained a new title in November: Senior VP and GM of SMB business. New Relic has been pushing beyond application performance management (APM) to promote infrastructure monitoring. How will those efforts play out in the SMB sector? We’re checking…

14. Earnings: Watch for the latest quarterly earnings from BlackBerry (Tuesday), Accenture and Red Hat (Wednesday). We’ll be watching to see how BlackBerry’s software pivot is playing out; how recent consulting acquisitions impact Accenture; and how Red Hat’s continued push beyond Linux is performing…

13. IT Service Management & DevOps: The IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) USA and the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) have formed a Strategic Alliance. The goal: Enable IT Service Management professionals to master DevOps and Agile skills…

hostedbizz-itutility12. M&A — Veeam, Microsoft CSPs: HostedBizz has acquired ITUtility.net. The deal unites Veaam and Microsoft cloud services providers (CSPs) in the Canadian market. Here are deeper details. Thanks to the folks at Ulistic for pointing out the deal…

11. M&A — Hosting Providers: United Internet AG acquired Strato AG, a hosting provider, from Deutsche Telekom AG. The deal is valued at roughly 12.4 times EBITDA — a bit more than the typical hosting deal of about 11 times EBITDA, according to ChannelE2E estimates.

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