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5 Channel Partner Updates: 5 January 2017

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Actually, there are 19 timely entries 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…

19. Russia Hacker Activity?: Top U.S. intelligence officials are set to appear before Congress Thursday morning in the first public hearing about Russian interference and alleged hacking activities leading up to the the 2016 U.S. presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reports.

18. Government Data Breach Disclosure Policies: The White House this week laid out updated parameters for federal agencies to follow when preparing for and responding to data breaches, according to Law360, and for complying with a federal statute that governs the disclosure of the personal information they hold.

17. VMware Government Contract: The U.S. Army has awarded Carahsoft Technology a two-year, $23.9 million contract to help obtain VMware product licenses to support a portion of the Army’s server infrastructure, ExecutiveBiz reported.

16. IT Services Hiring: S4 Inc. plans to hire about 100 employees in Colorado Springs over the next two months to complete a five-year, $99 million information-technology service management contract for Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command awarded in November, Gazette reported.

15. Small ISPs & Regulatory Compliance: Four trade associations representing small cable, broadband and wireless groups asked lawmakers to push legislation that prevents heightened FCC transparency rules from impacting their businesses, Law360 reports. The associations include the Competitive Carriers Association, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association and the American Cable Association. We’re checking to see if the transparency rules also apply to certain types of small MSPs.

14. SMBs and SD-WANs: SOVA, a Verizon Platinum Partner and Telecom Master Agent, has introduced a Verizon SD-WAN solution for SMB customers. The SD-WAN offering allows SMBs to “seamlessly allocate bandwidth as applications require it. This has a number of advantages including cost efficiencies, disaster recovery features and management analytics across networks,” according to SOVA President and CEO Gene Esopi.

13. Partner Program Update, Part II: K2 Software has launched the K2 Ascend Partner Program. K2 Software specializes in low-code application development solutions. The company has more than 1,500 customers in over 84 countries, with 30 percent of customers being Fortune 100 companies. K2 recently received $150 million in funding from Francisco Partners.

sandra-glaser-cheek12. Partner Program Update, Part I: Brocade Communications has named Sandra Glaser Cheek to succeed former Channel Chief Pete Peterson, who exited to join Tessco Technologies. Partners are closely tracking Brocade’s pending sale to Broadcom, which plans to sell of Brocade’s IP networking assets… including the Ruckus Wireless portfolio.

11. Midmarket Unified Communications: Edgewater Networks, which specializes in Network Edge Orchestration, and Yealink, a unified communications (UC) terminal solution provider, have expanded their partnership with a midmarket UC platform for customers.

But wait. There’s more. Visit Page 2 for items 10 to 1 and the exciting conclusion to this blog.

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