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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 16 April 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Actually, there are eight timely updates designed for managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), IT consulting firms, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), and telco agents to sip on.

8. Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI): TierPoint has launched a hosted private cloud powered by Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software.

7. Data Compliance - Russia: Twitter and Facebook have nine months to comply with data law by moving Russian user data onto servers in Russia, Reuters reports.

6. Huawei 5G Network Policy: Poland is the latest country to say it will likely permit Huawei's technology to be used in next-generation 5G network deployments. Here's a complete list of countries permitting and banning Huawei's technology amid security concerns about the technology company's ties to China's government.

5. IBM Earnings: The technology giant is expected to announce quarterly results after U.S. markets close on Tuesday. IBM has been shedding slow-growth and no-growth businesses in recent quarters -- particularly various legacy software businesses. Pundits are wondering if IBM can accelerate its move into cognitive computing, cloud and other faster-growth opportunities.

4. IPO - Video Conferencing: Zoom has raised its IPO price to between $33 and $35 per share, up from a previous target of $28 to $32 per share. Amid concerns about money-losing Unicorns launching IPOs, Zoom stands out because the company is profitable. Key rivals include Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Skype and LogMeIn. Zoom's IPO is expected to launch the week of April 22 with the stock symbol ZM.

3. AI and Managed Services: LatentBridge has launched Albai, a cloud-based managed services platform for running customers' robots...

2. M&A - Fiber Optic Network Services: Hargray, a regional communications provider, is expanding its fiber footprint to offer advanced communications services to businesses in Covington, Georgia. This announcement follows Hargray's agreement to acquire Dark Fiber Systems of Jacksonville, Florida.

1. Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs 2019: We’ll unveil the complete list — yes, all honorees — and associated research during our April webcast. Register now to join us.

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.