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5 Channel Partner Updates: Wednesday 17 April 2019

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Actually, there are 12 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.

12. IBM Cloud - Slowing Growth: IBM Cloud appears to be losing more ground to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Although IBM claims to be performing well in the cloud market, basic math from Amazon and Microsoft earnings suggest the gap between IBM and the market leaders is rapidly growing wider. Moreover, IBM buyout target Red Hat is experiencing slowing growth ahead of that deal's completion...

11. 5G Networks - Intel Pivots: Intel is exiting the 5G smartphone modem business, and is assessing where to potentially head next with 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices. Intel will also continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business, the chip giant said yesterday. Those updates come as most of the world's mobile service providers scramble to build and activate 5G networks.

10. Single Sign On: ManageEngine, the IT management division of Zoho, has launched Identity Manager Plus, a secure, cloud-based single sign-on (SSO) solution. It supports on-premises and cloud applications -- including Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, Salesforce, Slack and Zendesk, among others. Related Conference: The ManageEngine User Conference 2019 is set for next week in Dallas, Texas.

9. Web User Experience: Datadog, a monitoring and analytics platform provider, has launched Browser Tests, a software test automation platform designed for application development teams. Datadog Browser Tests run continuously and adjust automatically to catch bugs when the website changes. The company also develops application and infrastructure monitoring tools for service providers.

8. Talent - Channel Partner Program: ActiveCampaign, which develops marketing automation solutions for small businesses, has hired Cory Snyder as director of channel sales. He previously held key roles at Keap (formerly Infusionsoft).

7. Talent - Internet of Things: Senet has hired Actility veteran  Mark Ewen as executive VP of sales. Senet promotes the LoRaWAN protocol as an open global standard for secure, carrier-grade Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity for IoT solutions.

6. HP Device Security: At its third annual EMEA Innovation Summit, HP is promoting HP Sure Sense -- an artificial intelligence (AI)-based malware defense solution.

5. Solution Provider Expansion:, a California-based Web Data Integration solution provider, has opened London, United Kingdom, office to better serve its European clientele.

4. Partner Program - AWS Cloud Storage: Cloudian has announced a global Managed Services Provider (MSP) program that helps partners build value-add services built on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). Potential partner opportunities, Cloudian asserts, include:

  • Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS).
  • Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS).
  • Archive-as-a-Service (AaaS).
  • Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).
  • Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS).

3. Funding - SD-WANs: CloudGenix, a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) specialist, has announced $65 million in new funding to fuel global sales and go to market expansion.

2. M&A - MSP: Rouse Consulting Group has acquired DCS Computer Services, an MSP. Financial terms were not disclosed. Mike Dudek and Rich Wisniewski of Zygoquest Group advised Rouse Consulting Group on the deal.

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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.