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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 06 March 2018

Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, March 6, 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. NetApp Layoffs: Despite revealing reasonably strong revenue growth in February, flash storage provider NetApp apparently is cutting about 70 employees at the company's headquarters. 17. Dell-VMware Reverse Merger Concerns: If Dell combines with VMware in a reverse merger, VMware shareholders would get the short end of the stick, as they "would go from owning a pure play cloud, virtualization story growing double digits with $3 billion+ of annual FCF to owning a complex enterprise/consumer albatross with a myriad of products and businesses in mature, cash cow areas while taking on $40 billion+ of debt on the balance sheet," according to GBH Insights published on Barron's. Dell is expected to reach a decision on whether to pursue a reverse merger scenario in the next few weeks. 16. Talent - Data CentersDataGryd has named Thomas Brown as president and CEO. Under his leadership, DataGryd plans to lease an additional 60,000 square feet of usable data center space over the course of the next 18 to 24 months. 15. Talent - Storage: Shares of storage technology vendor Tintri rose about 15 percent after the company  beat fiscal Q4 expectations, but missed with its revenue forecast, and said its chairman and CEO, Ken Klein, will step down once a successor is found, according to Barron's. 14. Talent & Funding: Imanis Data, which develops a machine learning-based data management platform has raised $13.5 million in capital and named John Mracek as its new CEO. Mracek previously was CEO of NetSeer, a machine learning-based advertising technology company. He has also held leadership roles at AdKnowledge, eBay, Yahoo!, Adobe and Apple, as well as other startups. 13. SD-WANs: Netsurion, a provider of managed network connectivity, security, and compliance solutions, has launched Netsurion Connect, a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solution that combines network connectivity, resilience, security, and management for distributed enterprises and IoT environments. 12. M&A: Convergint Technologies, an electronic and physical security systems integration business, has acquired Utah-based Alphacorp -- a full-service provider of security and fire and life safety systems. 11. Partner Program: Qualtrics has launched the Qualtrics Partner Network to promote the Qualtrics Experience Management (XM) Platform. Continue to page two for items 10 to 1. Welcome to page two for items 10 to 1.

10. Azure Stack for Governments: Microsoft will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology on their own servers as part of a concerted effort to make Azure more appealing to local and federal agencies, Reuters notes.

9. Cisco Partner: InterVision Systems has once again been certified as a Cisco Gold Partner, and a Cloud and Managed Services Master. InterVision, a Cisco partner since 1997, has maintained Gold Partner status for the past decade. 8. HIPAA Compliance: Datica, a cloud platform for digital health, has announced a platform to manage HIPAA compliance on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The evolved version of the Datica Platform extends security and compliance expertise in three critical ways to better serve healthcare organization, the company claims. 7. Healthcare MSP: Synoptek, a Top 100 Vertical Market MSP, is spending this week at HIMSS18 -- the massive healthcare IT conference in Las Vegas. Among the key topics Synoptek executives will tackle: Managed services use cases in radiology imaging, along with a future of healthcare IT strategy workshop. 6. MSP Stats: Atera's built-in business intelligence tools reveal some interesting MSP market trends. Among the findings: 74% of the MSPs that use Atera receive a 5 star rating from their customers, up from 66% one year ago. Also, those MSPs close 90 percent of tickets under an hour, and the MSPs are charging about $100 per hour for labor-related engagements. You can find deeper benchmark information here. 5. Government Data Protection: -- Druva, the fast-growing data management as-a-service platform company, says Druva inSync is the "first and only" data protection solution to be on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Approved Products List (APL). 4. Partnership:  Commvault has joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Complete, a one-stop shop for validated HPE and third-party partner end-to-end infrastructure solutions. Through the reseller program, HPE and its global network partners will now be able to sell Commvault's powerful portfolio of data protection software, including the Commvault Data Platform, which is integrated with HPE Storage products. 3. Acronis & Google Cloud: Acronis will integrate its backup solutions with Google Cloud Platform. As part of this integration, Acronis plans to extend the support for Google Cloud workloads, offer a Google Cloud deployment model for the Acronis Backup management server, and enable the use of Google Cloud Platform for disaster recovery, the company said. 2. BDR: Kaseya today launched Kaseya Unified Backup (KUB) powered by Unitrends MSP. The new offering complements Kaseya Cloud Backup (powered by Acronis). We'll share more details later today. 1. Momentum: Datto added more than 2,900 managed services providers (MSPs) to its partner network in 2017, bringing the company's installed base to 13,000 MSPs working with more than 500,000 SMBs. Monthly recurring revenue shot up by 36 percent, and the company’s Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) solutions experienced 33 percent growth. I believe the overall stats include the acquired Autotask assets. We'll share more details later today.
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.