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5 Channel Partner Updates: 6 October 2016

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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, October 6, 2016.

Actually, there are 19 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. Disaster Recovery: Keep a close eye on Infrascale, which is launching a formalized channel program for DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service) and cloud backup. The move comes one day after StorageCraft launched an overhauled partner program, and eFolder hired a channel chief to drive partner engagements.

18. Backup Appliance: Arcserve has launched its second-generation Unified Data Protection (UDP) appliance. Arcserve positions the appliances for remote offices, primary backups, deduplication, disaster recovery, and cloud gateways.

17. Vertical Market Education: Ingram Micro has launched Ingram Micro Vertical Advantage, a comprehensive portal and related content to help channel partners master healthcare, legal/finance, public sector and retail opportunities, among others.

16. Avaya Cloud-Based Networking: Avaya has launched a cloud networking platform for deploying and managing wired and wireless networks. The move comes as Avaya’s owners seek a buyer for the networking company.

15. Migrating From Public to Private Clouds: OneNeck IT Solutions is migrating Luck Stone Corp.’s  Microsoft Dynamics AX environment from the public cloud onto OneNeck’s private hosted cloud. OneNeck will continue providing Luck Stone with enterprise application, network, security and infrastructure management, along with database and operating system administration as well.

14. Salesforce Partner Ecosystem: Cloud Software LLC (quite the valuable name, eh?) and Radial Spark have inked a strategic alliance to offer consulting and application development expertise for Salesforce customers.

13. Point of Sale Chip Readers and Small Business Lawsuits: Small business owners are suing major credit card companies over chip reader deployment requirements. The lawsuits could eventually gain class-action status. Several tech companies and distributors — including ScanSource and VeriFone, have stumbled amid chip reader transition.

12. Another Edward Snowden?: The FBI has arrested Harold Thomas Martin, an NSA contractor who allegedly stole highly classified information. Booz Allen Hamilton, the contractor’s employer, fired Hamilton on the spot. Hamilton faces more than 10 years in jail if convicted of the alleged charges. Some pundits compare the case to that of Edward Snowden, another former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who leaked U.S. government spying secrets to the media and then fled to Russia. The Martin case, however, appears far more limited in scope.

11. Stating the Obvious: Spending on cloud services and cloud hardware infrastructure is growing faster than traditional enterprise IT infrastructure spending, according to IDC. Thanks for the heads up.

Jump to page two and you’ll see items 10 to 1, and perhaps even some wit mixed in.

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