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5 Channel Partner Updates: Friday 15 September 2017

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, September 15, 2017.

Actually, there are 10 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.

Rubrik Channel Chief Bertrand Yansouni
Bertrand Yansouni: Exiting Google

10. Was It Something We Said?: Google Channel Chief Bertrand Yansouni is exiting the company. He recently appeared on our ChannelE2E-CompTIA Podcast Series, explaining Google's Cloud Platform partner strategy...

9. Microsoft Ignite Moves Forward: Microsoft Ignite, the company's annual customer conference, will proceed as planned later this month in Orlando. Hurricane Irma's impact in that particular area was largely minimal.

8. Oracle Hit and Miss: Oracle's latest quarterly results largely beat Wall Street's expectations, but the company's long-term forecast disappointed analysts. Related Conference: Oracle OpenWorld 2017 and an associated partner day are set for October.

7. Kaspersky to Testify: Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has accepted an invitation to testify before Congress on September 27. The U.S. government has barred Kaspersky's security software from federal computers and networks, alleging the company has ties to Russia's government. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied the claims.

6. Home Managed Services: ARRIS International has launched ARRIS HomeAssure, a managed services platform for in-home WiFi. We're poking around to see if ARRIS is focusing mainly on larger cable companies and broadband providers, or if there are opportunities here for smaller MSPs.

5. SD-WANs Reach Critical Mass: Even Comcast has rolled out an SD-WAN service...

4. Co-location Data Center Concerns: At least one pundit predicts Google R&D will crush the third-party co-location data center market.

Mark Cattini, SVP of field service, Salesforce

3. Autotask Community Live: ChannelE2E will be blogging from Autotask Community Live on Monday and Tuesday. Want to potentially meet at the conference? Email me: [email protected].

2. M&A: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. has acquired Document Scanning Systems and Imaging (DSSI) of Chatsworth, California, the company confirmed today. The move bolsters Konica's current document management capabilities and increase its customer base in the western U.S., the company says. DSSI resells OnBase by Hyland, Kofax, and information management solutions for commercial, entertainment, government and healthcare companies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

1. Thank You: ChannelE2E launched two years ago today. Less than 18 months after its launch, ChannelE2E became the biggest IT media site we've ever built. Today, it's still growing -- thanks to your readership. We can't thank you enough.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.