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5 Channel Partner Updates: 30 November, 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Actually, there are 21 entries (oh my!) 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…

21.  HPE Punts on OpenStack: HP Enterprise has sold its OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets to SUSE Linux. Not by coincidence, HPE has an investment in Micro Focus — which also owns SUSE. The OpenStack cloud software market faces serious questions amid growing momentum for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Mirantis — the OpenStack company — recently repositioned around additional  focus areas. And Rackspace stumbled badly with its Open Cloud (i.e., OpenStack) effort before moving on to managed services for AWS and Azure…

20. GoPro Layoffs: The wearable action camera company is cutting 15 percent of its staff and closing an entertainment unit. Feels like the Cisco Flip implosion all over again…

19. NAS Talent: Qumulo, which focuses on scale-out NAS, has named EMC Isilon veteran Bill Richter as its new CEO… Hmmm…

18. Distribution: Lifeboat Distribution has agreed to offer packaged DataCore and Supermicro hyperconverged solutions to its network of VARs and MSPs in North America.

17. One Million Android Malware Infections: Malicious software disguised as legitimate apps for Android smartphones and tablets has seized control of more than one million Google accounts since August, according to Check Point and The Wall Street Journal

16. Splunk Momentum: Splunk delivered stronger-than-expected quarterly results yesterday and raised its long-term profit guidance. What’s driving the momentum? Surely, the Splunk Channel Team deserves some credit.

15. Nutanix Growth: Nutanix, the hyperconverged and software defined technology specialist, continues to enjoy strong growth — though Wall Street wants even faster growth…

14. Telecom M&A:Zayo Group is buying Electric Lightwave for $1.42 billion in cash to expand its fiber network.

13. Federal Cloud & Big Data Spending: Spending on federal cloud and big data initiatives is set to double between 2016 and 2021, according to DelTek. Hmmm… No doubt, the federal government’s “cloud first” mandate continues to lift as-a-service spending. But can anybody truly predict how the federal IT budget will arrive once President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office?

12. Docker Channel Momentum: Avnet has agreed to distribute Docker in EMEA, the latest sign of growing channel momentum for the storage container technology. Docker launched a formalized partner program earlier this year and also has momentum with Synnex CloudSolv.

11. IoT at HPE Aruba: Aruba, an HP Enterprise company, has launched new security solutions, ecosystem partnerships, and wired infrastructure products to accelerate the Internet of Things market, the company said today.

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