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5 Channel Partner Updates: 3 March 2017

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, March 3, 2017.

Actually, there are 21 captivating 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…

Heather Margolis

Heather Margolis

21. Happy Birthday: To Channel Maven Consulting, which just celebrated the company’s eighth birthday. Channel Maven offers partner program-centric consulting services to the vendor community. CEO Heather Margolis continues to expand the team with a range of channel-oriented talent. Margolis’s views and guidance also surface here on ChannelE2E.

20. HP Enterprise Asset Sale: HPE will finalize the sale of it enterprise IT services business on March 20. The unit will combine with CSC to form DXC Technology. HPE CEO Meg Whitman announced the IT services business sale last year.

Meg Whitman HPE CEO

Meg Whitman

19. Microsoft Azure Pressures HP Enterprise: You already knew that cloud services were squeezing on-premises hardware sales. But did you consider that public clouds are also pressuring hardware makers to design cheaper servers? That seems to be the case with Microsoft, which apparently has pressured HPE to deliver lower-priced servers for Azure

18. Did I Do That?: Amazon blamed human error for AWS outages earlier this week.

17. AMD vs. Intel: The old PC chip wars are back… thanks to fresh microprocessor designs. AMD has shipped new Ryzen chips — which roughly double the performance of the company’s previous products. The big twist:: Ryzen chips cost less than comparable Intel units, according to The Wall Street Journal…

16. Dell Earnings: Although Dell Technologies is privately held, the company will host a call on March 30 to discuss its Q4 and full year results… Hmmm… Upcoming Partner Summit: Dell EMC World 2017 is set for May in Las Vegas.

15. ESOP Advice: As we keep saying, there are pros and cons to an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan). The good news: ESOPs allow entrepreneurs to transition their company ownership to employees. The potential risks and challenges? This article explains them well.

14. Cisco HCI, Veeam Partnership: Cisco and Veeam continue to work more closely together. The latest move involves Veeam offering direct snapshot integration with Cisco HyperFlex — the company’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform. Upcoming Partner Summit: VeeamOn 2017 is set for May.

13. HCI for SMB: Can hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) benefit SMB customers? I’ve been a bit skeptical since I think most SMB workloads will float off to the clouds. But Advanced Systems Group makes the case for Nutanix Xpress’s value to SMB customers…. …

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Taylor McDonald

12. Partner Program – Cloud ERP: Intacct, which develops cloud ERP software, now has 100 value-added resellers (VARs) in its partner program. Key participants include BrainSell, E2B Teknologies, Stambaugh Ness, and The TM Group. In addition, Cohn Reznick, a Top 10 accounting firm, has joined the program, Intacct says. Want to learn more? The name to know is Taylor Macdonald, senior VP of channel sales.

11. Midmarket Unified Communications: Edgewater Networks and Yealink have expanded their partnership with a unified communications solution that targets midmarket customers. The offering leverages Edgewater cloud-based EdgeView Service Control Center and on-premises gear like EdgeMarc Intelligent Edges and Yealink’s T4 series IP phones…

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