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5 Channel Partner Updates: 24 May 2017

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10. Managed Healthcare Services: That’s the big push for Cognizant Technologies this week…

9. Managed Desktops as a Service: TBConsulting, an MSP, has deployed 4,000 virtual desktops on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Nutanix specializes in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software and has key partnerships with multiple server makes.

8. Google Enterprise Bundle: Google has launched a Chrome Enterprise Bundle designed for IT administrators. I don’t know if Google is distributing or promoting the bundle to partners.

7. Fresh Funding: Fastly, which specializes in edge cloud services, has raised $50 million in new funding.

6. Huawai Laptops: Huawai, the Chinese technology giant, is getting into the enterprise laptop business

5. Microsoft Surface Pro: Microsoft, as expected, has launched a new Surface Pro device — which aims to jumpstart sales for the hardware portfolio…

4. M&A – Networking: Network equipment vendors Sonus Networks and Genband have agreed to a merger of equals, creating a new company with an enterprise value of roughly $745 million, notes SeekingAlpha. Caution Sign: I don’t believe in mergers of equal. They typically fail. Example: Wellfleet and SynOptics merging to create Bay Networks in the 1990s. Both were growing fast but they imploded among M&A bureaucracy. One company’s executive team — and one company’s culture — must lead the combined company forward.

3. Compliance – Europe: Gigya, which specializes in Customer Identity Management, has launched Gigya Privacy by Design Program — which helps customers prepare for the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation, which takes effect on May 25, 2018, is a radical revision of EU consumer data privacy and protection laws, Gigya notes.

2. Thank You: To the MSSPs, partners and businesses that visited MSSP Alert during that site’s launch day yesterday.

1. Putting ChanneE2E & MSSP Alert in Context: ChannelE2E, ever since its launch in September 2015, has been the fastest-growing IT media platform our team has ever built. And ChannelE2E, still growing, is now the largest site we’ve ever built. Why? Perhaps because MSPs and VARs crave information about the entrepreneur-to-exit journey, and associated business models for success. Now, MSSP Alert is a sister site for those partners and businesses that are betting their entire companies on cybersecurity — and the mission to safeguard customer assets. Thanks for your readership as we continue to build and expand both sites.

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