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5 Channel Partner Updates: 22 March 2017

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

10. Cisco Security Hole & the CIA: Cisco Systems warned customers of a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code and obtain full control on more than 300 different models of its switches and routers, ThreatPost reported. Cisco became aware of the vulnerability after WikiLeaks released its Vault 7 cache of documents that revealed the existence of covert tools allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the report said.

9. Hybrid Cloud Monitoring & MSPs: Opus Interactive has launched a hybrid cloud monitoring solution. It blends Opus Interactive managed services and customized dashboards with ScienceLogic’s hybrid IT monitoring solutions. The result is an end-to-end view of IT services, including workloads running in Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

8. Wal-Mart Incubator: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is creating a technology-startup incubator in Silicon Valley to identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicle and drone delivery and personalized shopping, according to Bloomberg. The incubator will be called Store No. 8, a reference to a Wal-Mart location where the company experimented with new store layouts, the report says.

Todd Scallan

7. SMB Backup Services: Axcient has enhanced its Business Recovery Cloud platform, including a refresh of hardware appliances, expanded support for protecting heterogeneous environments and several performance and UI updates, the company says. Chief Product Officer Todd Scallan says the enhancements reinforce Axcient’s commitment to channel partners. Venture-backed Axcient has pivoted a few times in recent years.

6. World Backup Day: It’s March 31. And it’s safe to expect “how to” announcements from just about ever cloud- and on-premises backup provider you can think of. First from the gate: SolarWinds MSP, which now promotes BDR (backup and disaster recovery) solutions acquired during last year’s LogicNow buyout.

Ivory Johnson

5. Certification: HarpData, an IT services provider in Washington, D.C., and Buffalo, N.Y., has been certified by New York’s Office of General Services under its Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development program. HarpData President and Founder Ivory Robinson is an Air Force veteran. The Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development program, created three years ago, confers bidding preferences for state work, according to BizJournals.

4. Salesforce on Amazon Australia: Salesforce’s global expansion continues. The latest move: Launching various SaaS and cloud offerings atop Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Australia. Salesforce chose AWS as its preferred cloud provider in 2016, essentially confirming that third-party infrastructure often is the fastest and most economical way to extend SaaS and PaaS services…

Steve Williams

Mitch Walkaden

3. Avaya Channel Team: Avaya Australia and New Zealand has named  Mitchell Walkaden and Steve Williams to lead its local sales and channel operations, respectively. The company also announced new hires and promotions to build on its continued business transformation. The moves arrive as Avaya navigates Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and the potential sale of its networking business to Extreme Networks.

2. CompTIA AMM: We’re set to meet with a range of sources today at CompTIA Annual Member Meeting. We’ll spend some time with  experts from CleverDucks, Ingram Micro Cloud, Mailprotector, Pax8, Sophos, Sungard Availability Services, TeamLogic IT, Xcellerate and more. Stay tuned for an event recap and more on ChannelE2E.

1. Get Honored: ChannelE2E’s Second Annual Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs survey closes on Friday, March 31. Sub now and perhaps your MSP will be honored when we unveil the list and associated research during an April 27 webcast.

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