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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 28 February 2018

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Actually, there are 18 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…

18. Big Deal: Amazon is acquiring video doorbell maker Ring for at least $1 billion. Some folks think the deal is all about smart homes — potentially pitting Amazon more aggressively against Google NEST. But other folks think the Ring deal is all about improving home delivery services and associated security/safety measures for curriers and customers. What do I think? I still have an analog doorbell… and I rarely answer it.

17. Momentum – SaaS: Workday revenues hit $582.5 million in Q4 fiscal 2018, up 32.5 percent from Q4 fiscal 2017, the company said yesterday. Workday specializes in SaaS-based HR and and financial applications — competing aggressively against Oracle and SAP, among others.

Victor Tingler

16. Talent – IT Services: InterVision Systems, an MSP and data center provider, has hired Victor Tingler as VP of digital transformation solutions. He leads a team of innovation consultants, technical architects, and business analysts, the company says.

15. Talent – Global Outsourcing: Appirio CEO Chris Barbin is transitioning to parent company Wipro as global culture officer. Details surfaced in this blog.

Peter Feldman

14. Talent – Data Centers:  Indiana NAP (INAP) is focused on two Midwest data center projects, led by CEO Peter Feldman. The projects involve “high-power, high-efficiency mission-critical data center space that will serve the Chicago, Illinois regional market as well as connect Indianapolis, Indiana and Chicago back to New York,” the company says. Feldman apparently acquired majority control of INAP as part of the initiative.

13. Partnership – SD-WANs: InfoVista and Nuage Networks are partnering to promote application-centric SD-WANs.

12. Distribution: Ingram Micro Cloud has agreed to distribute Kaspersky Lab to Middle East partners. Key offerings in the lineup include Kaspersky Security for Virtualization and Kaspersky Endpoint Security. Key executives to know in the region include Maxim Frolov, managing director, META at Kaspersky Lab as well as Ali Baghdadi, SVP & chief executive from Ingram Micro, META. The deal highlights how Kaspersky continues to build relationships worldwide even after the U.S. government barred the security company from U.S. federal agencies. The Trump administration alleges that Kaspersky could have ties to Russia’s government, though the U.S. government has never revealed any firm evidence to back the claim. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied the allegations. Related Partner Summit: Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2018 is set for late April.

11. Microsoft vs. Department of Justice: Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with Microsoft’s dispute with the U.S. Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with some signaling support for the government and others urging Congress to pass a law to resolve the issue, according to Reuters. Related: MSSP Alert, our sister site, summarizes the Microsoft vs. DoJ case and its implications for service providers here.

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