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5 Channel Partner Updates: 3 Nov 2015

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology updates, gossip, chatter and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Actually, today’s update involves 14 items for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers (CSPs) to sip on.

14. Microsoft Changes Cloud Storage Pricing: Microsoft has ended unlimited OneDrive storage, and has introduced a range of paid options for the cloud storage service. Free storage will be capped at 1TB, though existing customers have 12 months to reduce their storage to that figure or switch to a paid plan. The move comes after some OneDrive customers consumed far more storage than Microsoft expected.

13. Analytics for Channel Account Managers (CAMs): ChannelEyes has built a business analytics system for channel account managers. It’s called Optyx by ChannelEyes. This video offers a preview…

12. Dell and EMC: Dell may sell off $10 billion worth of assets ahead of the EMC merger. Here’s the bigger story.

11. Compliance Fine: A timely warning to channel partners that leverage subcontractors. Make sure those subcontractors comply with federal laws and regulations. Otherwise, you could wind up in a predicament like this: Computer Sciences Corp. ($1.35 million) and a subcontractor named NetCracker Technology ($11.4 million) are paying fines to settle claims that foreign employees who lacked security clearance worked on the U.S. Department of Defense’s telecom network. NetCracker is an NEC subsidiary.

Rich Spring

Rich Spring

10. Sage Overhauls Partner Program: Sage North America, which offers accounting and payroll software, has launched a “revitalized” partner program as part of the company’s overhauled global partner program. The effort features a four-tier engagement model for such partners as VARs, ISVs and developers. Key names to know include Rich Spring, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, Sage North America; and Alan Laing, EVP, Global Partnerships and Alliances at Sage.

9. New Office 365 Enterprise Plan: Watch for Microsoft to launch a high-end Office 365 E5 SKU for enterprise users on Dec. 1, 2015, according to Mary Jo Foley. Pricing won’t be announced until that time, but sources tell Foley E5 will cost $20 to $40 more per user than Office 365 E4.

8. Office 365 Cloud PBX: Oh, and one more thing. Microsoft sounds like it’s getting close to launching Cloud PBX before the end of this year…

More: See Items 8 through 1 — including Cloud Security Broker moves; a road trip with Gary Pica; IT Nation and more.

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