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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 06 December 2017

Welcome to page two, featuring items 10 to 1 for today.

10. Cloud Infrastructure: Microsoft has deployed AMD EPYC processors in its data centers in advance of preview for its latest L-Series of Virtual Machines (VM) for storage optimized workloads. The Lv2 VM family will take advantage of the high-core count and connectivity support of the AMD EPYC processor, the chip maker says. This is the first public cloud rollout of EPYC technology, which could pressure Intel’s grip on the data center market.

9. Data Centers: Neverfail has opened a datacenter in Manchester, England. The company, which works closely with service providers, specializes in resilient clouds and applications.

8. Network Operations Center LaunchMindtree has opened its first North America-based network operations center (NOC) in Scottsdale, Arizona, to support the company’s growing Infrastructure Management Services business. Mindtree already has NOCs in Chennai and Bangalore NOCs. The Scottsdale NOC supports as many as 30 employees across three shifts, giving customers 24×7 coverage for their application and infrastructure.

Alistair Forbes

7. Talent: SolarWinds MSP and LogicNow veteran Alistair Forbes has joined UK investment firm Mercia Technologies as head of software and Internet. He’ll lead an investment team that focuses on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advertising technology and SaaS. Forbes also is a board member at Harmony PSA and Auvik Networks.

6. Virtual Desktops and Servers: Keep an eye on TetherView, a private cloud provider startup that offers virtual desktops and servers. Is a relationship with Autotask emerging? Hmmm…

Webroot CEO Mike Potts

5. Webroot Momentum: Webroot added nearly 1,000 MSPs in Q1 of its fiscal year 2018, and now supports more than 10,200 MSPs, the company claims. The news marked the 15th consecutive quarter that Webroot has generated double-digit business growth. Still, the company isn’t resting on its laurels. New CEO Mike Potts is expanding the company beyond endpoint security to drive an overall multi-layer platform strategy. Former CEO Dick Williams, who retired earlier this year, laid the foundation for the strategy before his exit.

4. Professional Services Automation: Krow Software, a provider of PSA software built natively on the Salesforce platform, has launched an upgrade that supports Slack Bot integration, protect forecasting, CPQ (configure, price quote) capabilities, enhanced scheduling, mobile time sheets, Microsoft Project integration, customer communities to collaborate on project, and additional integrations, the company says. Several PSA providers have specifically built their software to work with Salesforce.com. Another example is FinancialForce.

3. M&A – Time Tracking Software: Intuit is acquiring TSheets, which allows small business owners to automate time tracking and scheduling for  workers. TSheets has over 35,000 customers with over 500,000 workers managed through their platform. Intuit will roll the technology into Quickbooks. The $340 million acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

2. The 250 Best Managed Companies: The Drucker Institute and The Wall Street Journal have teamed to publish the 250 Best Managed Companies. The list is based on nearly 40 different metrics across five dimensions — including customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength.

1. Pass-Through Tax Savings: Lots of readers are asking ChannelE2E what the GOP’s proposed tax bill potentially means to small businesses. Big businesses aren’t the only ones who’ll potentially benefit from the tax overhaul, CNBC claims. Small businesses — namely, pass-through entities such as S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) — get a break, too, the report asserts. Still, the details can be tricky to process. Here’s a closer look at how the tax bill could potentially impact small businesses and their owners, according to CNBC.

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