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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 11 April 2018

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Actually, there are 14 timely updates designed 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…

14. Partner Program: Rackspace has launched a new partner program, which provides access to Rackspace’s managed IT services and expertise across the leading private/public clouds, application services, managed hosting, colocation, and managed security. We’ll share more details soon.

13. IoT Data Intelligence: Splunk has confirmed limited availability of Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (IAI). The offering helps organizations in manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, energy and utilities monitor and analyze industrial IoT data in real time to create a simple view of complex industrial systems while helping to minimize asset downtime, the company claims.

12. Google Inflight WiFi?: Google is in talks to buy Nokia Oyj’s airplane broadband business, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

11. Private Equity: Francisco Partners has acquired Verifone, which specializes in payment and commerce solutions, for approximately $3.4 billion in cash and net debt.

10. Funding: OPAQ Networks, network security cloud company, has raised $22.5 million in Series B funding. We’ll share more details on MSSP Alert today.

9. Linux Upgrade: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, available now, has surfaced with new security and compliance controls, tools to reduce storage costs, and improved usability, as well as further integration with Microsoft Windows infrastructure both on-premise and in Microsoft Azure, the company claims.

8. Partnership: Veeam Software and Pure Storage have unveiled a new integration between Veeam Availability Platform and Pure Storage FlashArray. Veeam has been building deep integrations with major storage hardware companies across the enterprise and midmarket.

7. Unicorns and Venture Capital: The European Union launched on Tuesday a venture capital “fund of funds” aimed at boosting investment in innovative start-ups and narrow Europe’s gap with the United States and China in turning small firms into “unicorns” with high market valuation, Reuters says.

6. PC Manufacturing: System76, which develops Linux-based PCs, is moving its manufacturing efforts from China to Denver, Colorado, according to Marketing Director Louisa Bisio.

5. Application Performance Monitoring: Raygun, which develops an error, crash and performance monitoring platform for software teams, has now launched an Application Performance Monitoring & Management service — aptly called Raygun APM.

4. MSP Mainframes?: IBM has rolled out what it calls a “skinny mainframe,” which are systems that are cloud-ready that feature an industry-standard 19-inch rack, single-frame design where all the components inside have been made so that they can be placed within a datacenter without any special treatment, according to Waters Technology.

3. HIPAA Breach, Fine: The New Jersey Attorney General fined Virtua Medical Group for more than $418,000 after a misconfigured database breached the protected information of 1,654 patients in January 2016. 1,617 of those patients resided in the Garden State, according to Healthcare IT News reporter Jessica Davis.

2. Public Cloud MSPs: There are five types of MSPs that offer public cloud infrastructure managed services, according to Gartner. We’ll share more thoughts soon about roughly 20 companies that surfaced in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure MSPs.

1. Conferences: ChannelE2E will closely track three major IT conferences next week — including RSA Conference, ConnectWise IT Nation Europe and Cisco Partner Connect. If you have news to share from any of those three events please email me (Joe@AfterNines.com).

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