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5 Channel Partner Updates: 8 December 2016

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10. More Xerox Layoffs: Yes, Xerox job cuts will continue after the company breakup…

9. Cisco Rediscovering SMB?: No doubt most Cisco Partner Summit content this year focused on enterprise accounts. But Cisco has been banging the drum a little more loudly for SMB partners in recent days. The company was particularly loud at the Ingram Micro ONE conference last week in Las Vegas. And this week, Cisco has announced SMB network monitoring tools for MSPs, while also reinforcing gigabit networking for SMB customers. Hmmm…

8. HPE Escalates Rhode Island Battle: HP Enterprise has countersued the state of Rhode Island over a computer project that went badly off course. Surely, 49 other states are watching this closely…

7. Beyond Google G Suite: If you can’t make a living purely from Google G Suite (formerly Google Apps), perhaps it’s time to diversify. That pretty much explains the strategy at BetterCloud.

6. HP Printer Security: HP has revamped its printer security offerings to defend the hardware against cyber attacks.

5. Kaseya PSA Migrator: Kaseya, in a bid to win MSPs away from Autotask and ConnectWise, has released that promised PSA Migrator tool, the company said yesterday.

4. Managed Services for Banking: The Texas Bankers Association has endorsed managed services from CSI. The key takeaway: Vertical market MSPs should spend more time hanging out with associations…

3. MSP Security APIs:  Mimecast, an email and data security specialist, has expanded its APIs. The move could help MSPs to optimize their Mimecast resources  and manage their new and existing client base, the company claims.

2. MSP Partner Program: Adar has launched Nerdio, an ITaaS partner program for MSPs.

1. M&A: TekLinks has acquired Nashville-based Guidant Partners, a privately-owned IT planning and management firm that provides scalable IT infrastructure service to SMB customers. TekLinks is one of the rare IT services providers that has successfully blended VAR, MSP and CSP solutions.

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