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5 Channel Partner Updates: 22 February 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Actually, there are 19 spine-tingling 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…

19. Move Over Millennials: Here comes Generation Z

18. Next-Gen Smartwatches: Keep an eye on Google’s Android Wear 2.0, a streamlined version of the company’s smartwatch operating system. LG’s Watch Sport, which runs the new OS, is generating positive buzz…

17. Cloud Services Built On OpenStack: Kontron, which offers cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, has launched SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform. It leverages Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack distribution. 

16. Tech IPO: MuleSoft has filed to pursue a $100 million IPO. The company’s overall valuation is more than $1 billion. MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform allows customers to build API-centric application networks.

15. M&A – Professional IT Services: Abacus has acquired Cloudnine Realtime and Results Software. Cloudnine offers hosting and business management services to CPA firms. Results Software develops CRM for QuickBooks users. The acquisitions position Abacus as “the largest technology as a service solutions provider in the professional services industry,” the company claims.

14. M&A – UCaaS, Managed Network Services: NetFortris has acquired Fonality, combining two companies focused on security, network management and unified communications as a service (UCaaS). NetFortris now has operating centers in three countries, and provide services to more than 11,000 customers and 300,000 end users in 41 countries.

13. Orange Cloud Built on Huawei: Orange Business Services is launching a public cloud service for its customers in partnership with Huawei, EuroComms reported. The new offering will be available across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017. US-based businesses would get access in October, while enterprises in the Middle East and Africa would have to wait until 2018. Huawei will provide the hardware, develop the technology platform and OpenStack OS, while OBS will supply the data centre facilities, network and security infrastructure, customers’ infrastructure and applications management, the report stated.

12. SD-WAN, Part I: EarthLink SD-WAN, which launched in September 2016, has attracted 41 customers across 1,706 locations. The cloud-delivered network service “makes it easy for businesses to optimize their network to enhance customer experiences,” the company claims. Moreover, 95% of those customers have opted for EarthLink SD-WAN Concierge,  a managed service built on personalized and proactive expert guidance, the company says. Windstream and EarthLink merged in November 2016, and vowed to promote SD-WAN services at the time.

11. SD-WAN Part 2: Riverbed Technology has launched Riverbed SteelConnect, an SD-WAN solution that “simplifies the design, deployment and management of enterprise networks,” the company claims. The SD-WAN offering is a software-defined, cloud-managed and application-centric solution.

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