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5 Channel Partner Updates: Tuesday 19 February 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Actually, there are 10 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.

10. Huawei Business Ethics, Security Debate: Huawei has allegedly pursued information about Apple's trade secrets, according to The Information. Meanwhile, British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying, Reuters reports. More: Read ChannelE2E's ongoing Huawei-related security updates as they pertain to 5G wireless network rollouts.

9. Splunk Exits Russia: Splunk will stop selling its software and services to organizations in Russia - either directly or through partners. The company did not mention a specific reason for the decision, but the move comes amid heightened U.S. concerns about technology relationships with Russia and China, among other countries.

8. Healthcare IT Services - Talent: TW-Security, a provider of healthcare security and privacy services has hired Angie Santiago to provide advisory and managed services in security, business continuity and disaster recovery.

7. Healthcare IT Services - Data Protection: StorageCraft has introduced StorageCraft for Healthcare, a converged scale-out primary and secondary data platform with integrated data protection. A complete OneXafe converged scale-out data protection solution, optimized for mid-sized healthcare organizations, begins at $63,248 for 120TB. It includes all software, hardware, and data protection services for an unlimited number of virtual and physical servers, StorageCraft says. A OneXafe scale-out storage solution starts at $13,995, the company adds.

6. Partner Program - Check Point: The company has launched a new partner program.

5. IT Services -- Alleged Bribes: Two former Cognizant Technology Solutions executives were charged by U.S. authorities with foreign bribery for allegedly approving illicit payments to help build a corporate campus in India, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Teaneck, N.J.-based company also agreed to pay $25 million to settle with U.S. authorities, the report adds

4. Managed Services - VMware on AWS: Faction, an MSP that supports VMware Cloud on AWS, is now a certified AWS Advanced Consulting Partner. The company manages thousands of hosts and more than 100 petabytes of storage, with those figures expected to more than double in 2019. Faction raised more than $18 million in funding in March 2018.

3. M&A - Droopal Web Consulting: Zoocha of Hertfordshire, England,  has acquired a Drupal-focused web hosting and development business that was previously owned by EDO Consulting Limited of Bristol.

2. MSPs & Password Management: Newscycle Solutions, an IT solutions provider in Bloomington, Minnesota, has embraced LogonBox for password management services. The move enables Newscycle to provide self-service password reset portals to each client as part of their support services. Self-service password management is an increasingly popular option from MSPs. Key platform providers include Kaseya's IT Glue and Passportal.

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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.