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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 17 October 2019

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Here are five (actually, far more…) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, October 17, 2019.

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A. What’s Hot Today

1. Today (Thursday) – How I Sold My MSP: Hear from MJ Shoer and Jason Waldrop, as the entrepreneurs describe how they launched, built and sold their MSP businesses. Register now to join our ChannelE2E webcast. Can’t join the live discussion on Thursday? Register anyway and consume the webcast on-demand starting Friday.

2. M&A - Cloud Consulting: Cognizant is acquiring Contino, a 350-person cloud consulting and DevOps firm headquartered in London. Contino's expertise spans Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Financial terms were not disclosed.

3. M&A - Data Centers for Sale: Somewhere between $5 billion and $40 billion worth of data centers are up for sale amid an M&A feeding frenzy that sounds a lot like the MSP M&A craze. Still, it's unclear if all those potential data center buyers and sellers can agree on valuation...

LinkedIn: Dave Sobel, host, The Business of Tech

4. MSP Podcasts: Keep an eye on SolarWinds and LogicNow veteran Dave Sobel, who also is a former MSP owner. He's surfaced with a new podcast called The Business of Tech -- a daily, five-minute take on what is happening in technology -- and the implications for business. Visit MSP Radio and click through to The Business of Tech. We'll catch up with Sobel soon for more details...

5. Veeam Sells Business Unit: Veeam Software has sold off its N2SW business unit in order to address potential concerns from the U.S. government, Blocks & Files reports. Veeam is partly owned by two Russian executives, which means the N2SW business unit faced heavy scrutiny in the U.S. federal government sector.

6. IBM Financial Results: IBM's Q3 profits beat Wall Street's expectations but revenues were short of expectations. The company's recent Red Hat acquisition performed strongly as part of IBM's hybrid-cloud strategy. Still, IBM's overall cloud business is smaller and growing more slowly compared to such rivals as AWS and Microsoft Azure.

B. Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

1. Zendesk Partner Program: A new Zendesk Partner Program has surfaced.

2. Zoho Developer Platform: Zoho is opening up its cloud application platform to more developers. With that goal in mind, the company has launched Catalyst, a full-stack serverless platform for developers. Catalyst developers to create and run microservices and applications, the company says.

3. Talent -Enterprise Analytics: Pyramid Analytics has hired Dave Henry as senior VP of strategic alliances.

4.  IoT Partner Program:  MachineMetrics has unveiled an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Partner Ecosystem.

5. Deloitte and Google Cloud Platform: Deloitte, a Top 100 Public Cloud MSP, is "accelerating its global Google go-to-market initiatives and will expand its enterprise cloud services," the company says.

6. Storage: SwiftStack and InfiniteIO have announced a joint solution that transforms tier-one NAS into a scalable, economical, high-performance, cloud-ready environment for file data, the companies claim.

7. All Partner Programs: Search the comprehensive ChannelE2E Partner Program Database here. Also, submit your company information here and your partner program can be listed in the database.

C. Next Five Technology Conferences

  1. DattoCon 2019 Paris (October 21-23, France)
  2. Splunk .conf19 (October 21-24, Las Vegas)
  3. Vision 2019: The 20 Conference for MSPs (October 27-29, Dallas, Texas)
  4. NetApp Insight 2019 (October 28-30, Las Vegas)
  5. ConnectWise IT Nation Connect 2019 (October 30-November 1, Orlando, Florida)
  6. BonusChannelE2E’s complete event calendar

Got news to share for our morning update? Email me: [email protected].

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.