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5 Channel Partner Updates: 3 May 2017

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

Actually, there are 20 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…

20. BREAKING: Citrix Systems apparently remains up for sale. Here are three rumored bidders for the company. Related: Citrix Synergy 2017, the company’s customer conference, will attract plenty of partners when it begins later this month in Orlando.

19. Salesforce And Startups: Salesforce has prepped a new $100 million fund for startups. Hmmm… We’d ask for some dough. But on second thought we tend to be control freaks who don’t relinquish power too easily…

18. Cisco vs. VMware: The frenemies are sparring again, this time in the virtualization and software-defined markets…

17. New Docker CEO: Docker has named Steve Signh as its CEO. Singh is the former CEO of Concur, which SAP acquired. Former Docker CEO Ben Golub remains a director on the company’s board. The transition comes while the container software company is still privately held. Golub described the CEO transition in this blog.

16. iPhone Sales Decline: Apple iPhone sales declined ever-so-slightly to 50.76 million units in Q2 2017, down from 51.19 million in the corresponding quarterly last year. Shares fell on the news, and Wall Street things some buyers could be delaying purchases until the 10th anniversary iPhone arrives later this year.

15. AMD Implosion: AMD’s latest quarterly results and forecast disappointed investors, and AMD shares dropped 24 percent on the news. The company’s Ryzen processors were supposed to boost profit margins, but those margins actually slipped a percentage point during the quarter…

14. Microsoft In Schools: Microsoft has launched Windows 10 S — an operating system optimized for K-12 and college students. Moreover, the company has introduced a range of Windows 10 S PCs for K-12 classrooms; and a Windows 10 S device for college students—aptly dubbed Surface Laptop. Tye moves are largely seen as Microsoft’s response to Google Chromebooks in education.

13. AWS and Microsoft Dynamics: Conventional wisdom says Microsoft Dynamics on-premises customers will eventually migrate to Dynamics 365 — Microsoft’s own managed cloud service. But Data Resolution continues to promote and manage various Dynamics applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Why’s that? We’re taking a closer look and will share more details in the days ahead.

12. AWS and Red Hat: Red Hat OpenShift is now available on Amazon Web Services. The move is somewhat akin to VMware Cloud for AWS. Basically, both Red Hat and VMware continue to support their respective software on-premises, while extending compatibility out to AWS. The moves minimize head-on Red Hat and VMware competition against Amazon in the public cloud sector.

11. AWS and HIPAA Compliance: Amazon continues to add more HIPAA-eligible services as part of its AWS Business Associate agreement push.

But wait. There’s more. Page two contains items 10 to 1. Don’t leave the table before you’ve had that second serving…

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