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Channel Brief: ASCII Group, Jamf, Nutanix

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Grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and check out our daily market briefing for managed services providers (MSPs), IT service providers (ITSPs), technology service providers (TSPs), cloud service providers (CSPs) cybersecurity consultants, systems integrators, VARs, independent software vendors (ISVs), and distributors.

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Scroll down for a quick view of upcoming in-person channel and MSP events at the bottom of this post (while we spiff up our industry calendar behind the scenes. It will return!)

And please send your news tips, information, and industry chatter to editorial director [email protected].

A. Today’s Tech, Channel and MSP News

1. Milestone anniversary - The ASCII Group, the original MSP community of the channel, is celebrating  its 40th anniversary. The organization was founded in Washington DC in 1984 by entrepreneur Alan D. Weinberger, alongside 40 ex-franchisees of a software chain, ASCII provides support, resources, peer-to-peer education, and networking opportunities to IT professionals across North America while upholding a vendor-neutral stance.

2. Apple management updates - Jamf, a management solution for Apple ecosystem, is showcasing new offerings to help organizations provide a enterprise-secure, consumer-simple environment that protects personal privacy. They include a feature to allow admins to test an app version on a small group of devices, then choose which version to deploy at scale; streamlined enforcement of compliance and security benchmarks; privilege elevation in Jamf Connect for macOS; and balanced privacy reporting for Jamf Safe Internet.

3. Infrastructure partnership - High availability and disaster recovery provider SIOS Technology Corp. has joined the Nutanix Elevate Partner Program. The completion of the Nutanix Ready validation designation awarded to SIOS demonstrates SIOS LifeKeeper and DataKeeper’s high availability interoperability with the Nutanix infrastructure. 

4. ChannelCon headliner - Tech icon Kara Swisher  will headline CompTIA ChannelCon 2024, July 30-Aug. 1 in Atlanta. 

5. GenAI partnership - Best Buy will work with Google Cloud and Accenture to develop an AI-driven assistant to help its front-line employees serve customers, offering support on tasks such as finding internal Best Buy company resources or pulling up specific product guides.

B. In-Person MSP and Channel Partner Events

  1. Kaseya Connect - April 29-May 2, MGM Grand Resort, Las Vegas
  2. Dell Technologies World - May 20 -May 23, The Venetian, Las Vegas
  3. IT Nation Secure, (hosted by ConnectWise) June 3-5, 2024, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
  4. Pax8 Beyond, June 9-11, 2024, Gaylord Rockies Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
  5. FLOW Automation Conference (hosted by Rewst) – June 17- June 19, The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida
  6. CompTIA ChannelCon, July 30 - August 1, 2024, Atlanta, Georgia, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Jessica C. Davis

Jessica C. Davis is editorial director of CyberRisk Alliance’s channel brands, MSSP Alert, MSSP Alert Live, and ChannelE2E. She has spent a career as a journalist and editor covering the intersection of business and technology including chips, software, the cloud, AI, and cybersecurity. She previously served as editor in chief of Channel Insider and later of MSP Mentor where she was one of the original editors running the MSP 501.