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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Actually, there are 11 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…

11. U.S. Infrastructure: In a thinly veiled poke at Huawei & other Chinese technology firms, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing new rules to bar the use of funds from a government program to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to U.S. communications networks, Reuters says.

10. Facebook User Privacy - More Fallout?: A Cambridge Analytica whistleblower said on Tuesday that Canadian company AggregateIQ worked on software called Ripon which was used to identify Republican voters ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to Reuters.

9. WiFi Monitoring: Aruba, the HP Enterprise company, has advanced its Mobile First Architecture with new AI-powered analytics and associated partnerships. The effort includes NetInsight, an AI-based analytics and assurance solution for optimizing network performance. Related Acquisition: Also, HPE has acquired Cape Networks and will tuck the WiFi monitoring business into the Aruba Networks unit. Cape wisely targeted MSPs. But for unknown reasons, HPE essentially failed to mention the service provider opportunity in the M&A announcement.

8. Partner Relationship Management: Impartner has unveiled  its Spring '18 software release for Partner Relationship Management.

7. First Responders: StorageCraft has launched StorageCraft for Law Enforcement, which allows police departments and other law enforcement organizations to effectively manage video recordings and associated storage. The offering is particularly timely, considering the growing use of body cams throughout the law enforcement sector.

Kevin Gaskell
Kevin Gaskell

6. Influencer: Kevin Gaskell, an serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini, is set to keynote ConnectWise IT Nation Europe 2018 in April.

5. M&A - Three MSPs: Three IT service providers have combined their businesses to form Paradyn -- an MSP that serves 30,000 users across 300 businesses.

4. M&A - MSP Customer Base: Executech, an IT service provider backed by Evergreen Services Group, has acquired Max Technology's IT services customer base. The deal essentially allows Executech to grow its footprint in the rural communities of Utah. Earlier, Executech acquired Red Rock IT, a remote IT support provider, as part of this goal.

3. Private Equity - IT Services: Ardenton Capital Corp. has invested in Achieve One, an integrator of customized technology-based solutions for Fortune 1000 customers. Achieve 1 positions itself as a trusted, value-added service provider that offers support for mission-critical business applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

2. Private Equity Challenges: Private-equity managers with excess cash on their books are struggling to deploy funds as quickly as their peers, and that’s putting pressure on investor returns, PE News reports. Sounds Familiar: ChannelE2E made similar statements earlier this month, noting that many PE firms are struggling to find attractive MSPs that warrant PE dollars...

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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.