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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 09 October 2018

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Actually, there are 18 timely updates designed for managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), IT consulting firms, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents, and telco agents to sip on. Take a look: 18. Hurricane Michael: The storm, now a Category 2 hurricane, may be the Florida Panhandle's strongest landfall hit in more than a decade. It's expected to reach the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast on Wednesday. We'll be offering business continuity and disaster recovery updates in the days and weeks ahead. 17. Pentagon Cloud Contract: Google Cloud Platform has decided not to compete for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion, saying the project may conflict with its corporate values, according to Bloomberg. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is widely expected to win the entire contract, though Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud are pursuing the deal, and Oracle is lobbying legislators to award the contact to multiple public cloud providers. 16. Dell Public Markets Strategy: P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM), a registered investment adviser that advises clients who own more than $150 million of shares of Dell Technologies, opposes Dell's current proposal to convert DVMT shares into publicly traded Class C CommonStock, and cash and the elimination of the tracking stock.  PSAM sent a letter to Dell's Board of Directors on September 27 outlining the firm's concerns. Dell is considering a more traditional IPO strategy as a back-up plan to the conversion strategy. 15. HP - New Chromebook: HP Inc. has unveiled the HP Chromebook x360 14, the company's thinnest Chromebook convertible device. The HP Chromebook x360 14 is available for pre-order beginning today at HP.com for a starting price of $599. It's also available at BestBuy.com (pre-order) and is expected to be available in stores on October 21. 14. VMWare Partner Program Overhaul?:  VMware is preparing for a "complete overhaul" of its global partner program, as part of widespread changes to simplify channel engagement, according to Channel Asia's Singapore edition. ChannelE2E has not independently confirmed the port. 13. SAP Partner: In Mind Cloud now offers managed SAP Solution Sales Configuration services to customers in the manufacturing industry. 12. Network Management Part One: Reinvent Telecom, a provider of private-label cloud-based Unified Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center solutions, has launched Cloud2Edge (C2E) Complete, which enables reseller partners to deliver network management to their customers as a subscription service, the company says. 11. Network Management Part Two: Lantronix has unveiled a cloud edition of ConsoleFlow. The platform provides centralized IT infrastructure management and monitoring software optimized for out-of-band management, Lantronix says. Go to page two of two for the spectacular conclusion of today's blog. Welcome to page two of two. Here are items 10 to 1 for today's morning update. 10. IT Management: Spiceworks has unveiled a cloud-based Spiceworks Inventory application that integrates with the cloud editions of Spiceworks Help Desk and Spiceworks Remote Support.

9 . Data Protection: Arcserve has unveiled a business continuity cloud -- which is designed for cloud backup, disaster recovery, high availability and email archiving.

8. Market Research - Security: Cryptomining has leapfrogged ransomware as top threat in 2018, according to Webroot’s Mid-Year Threat Report for 2018. 7. Healthcare IT services: CompuCom a subsidiary of Office Depot, has unveiled Self Healing Healthcare, an automated service for healthcare organizations that monitors, detects, diagnoses and resolves device performance issues without the need for end-user intervention, the company says. 6. Talent: Liongard has recruited former ConnectWise and eFolder Chief Revenue Officer Adam Slutskin as a strategic advisor. Liongard Roar is an automation platform that gives MSPs visibility into on-premises apps, the network stack, cloud services and other components that MSPs manage. 5. M&A - MSP and Microsoft Azure Partner: Logicalis Group has acquired CNI, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner. 4. M&A - Real Estate IT Services: JLL has acquired ValuD Consulting, a provider of IBM software integration and consulting services in the United States and India. JLL focuses heavily on the real estate  JLL is a professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management services. 3. ROI - IT Automation & Business Management Software: The ConnectWise platform provides 194 percent return on investment with payback within three months of implementing the software suite, according to Forrester Research. On a somewhat similar note, Continuum last year released independent research suggesting its platform approach outperforms the competition. No doubt, rivals will debate the findings of each research study -- but the overall message is a healthy one for the broader MSP & IT services automation market. 2. SolarWinds IPO: It sounds like the SolarWinds IPO will likely emerge the week of October 15. Conflicting reports suggest the company will seek to raise anywhere from $323 million to $917 million. 1. Top 100 Public Cloud MSPs for AWS, Azure: See the list and get the research. Register now for our October webcast.
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.