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5 Channel Partner Updates: 7 December 2016

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Actually, there are 21 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…

21. Cisco Launches RMM MSP Platform?: Sure sounds like it.

20. Accelerator Layoffs: The CEO of Dallas accelerator Tech Wildcatters has laid off its two top staffers, shaking up a startup hub that has weathered major changes to its staff and program model over the past year, according to Dallas Morning News…

19. Partner Programs: Xero has launched a new partner program. That’s all we have to say about that. For now…

18. Hyperconverged Partnership: SimpliVity’s OmniStack technology is now available for sale on Huawei FusionServer. The OmniStack with Huawei FusionServer is offered on SimpliVity’s all-flash hyperconverged models, the companies say. 

17. Cloud-based Network Management: Zyxel Communications is shipping its Nebula family of cloud-managed network solutions — including 11ac access points and Gigabit Ethernet switches. Um, is launching “cloud-managed hardware” really newsworthy these days? Hmmm…

16. MSPs Plugging Into CSPs: Strategic Integration Partners, an MSP, has increased its cloud sales more than 200 percent in less than a year. Among the secrets to success: Aligning with Evolve IP, (a familiar name to ChannelE2E Webcast 5 attendees).  Strategic Integration Partners focuses on the legal, accounting and financial markets.

15. MSPs & SD-WANs: Tata Communications has launched an SD-WAN service. Looking ahead to 2017, SD-WANs management represents a fast-growing MSP opportunity. We’ll share more thoughts on this soon.

14. Will Trump Come Calling?: Americans are paying Apple millions of dollars to shelter the company’s overseas profits, according to Bloomberg. I’m not necessarily a fan of Trumponomics. But it sounds like something’s gotta give…

13. TrumpTech: The president-elect has invited Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and other tech leaders to New York for a roundtable on December 14. Checking my spam filter now for my missing invite…

12. Microsoft-LinkedIn Approved?: The European Union has approved Microsoft’s $26 billion buyout of LinkedIn. Among the conditions in the approval: Microsoft must allow rivals social media sites access to Office for the next five years. Salesforce had called on regulators to block the deal because of potential anti-competitive concerns. The EU’s approval essentially was Microsoft’s last barrier to LinkedIn buyout approval…

11. Let’s Finance That: GoDaddy’s $1.79 billion buyout of Host Europe Group will be backed by loans, according to Reuters.

But wait. There’s more. Continue to page two for the exciting conclusion to this blog entry.

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