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5 Channel Partner Program and MSP News Updates: 07 April 2021

Here are five (actually, more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Sip up.

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A. What’s Brewing Today: Technology News

1. Intel Ice Lake Chips: Intel has launched third-generation Xeon Scalable processors (code-named “Ice Lake”) for data centers. The launch comes as new CEO Pat Gelsinger seeks to bolster Intel’s manufacturing capabilities while stabilizing the company’s overall business — which faces intense competition from AMD, NVIDIA and other processor makers.

2. Microsoft 365 Managed Services: Unify Square has expanded its existing managed services to encompass the complete Microsoft 365 application set, including the new Viva platform.

3. AWS Managed Services: Innovative Solutions has launched three new AWS Managed Cloud Services offerings. They are:

  • i1: a self-service choice for customers who operate AWS with the help of Innovative’s cloud tooling and emergency 24/7/365 network operations center;
  • i3: full-service cloud management for growing businesses, that includes personal account management; and
  • i5: an all-inclusive full-service offering for cloud-native customers that demand the highest level of service.

4. Funding – Data Protection and Recovery: Former Forcepoint CEO John McCormack has invested in NeuShield and joined the company’s board of directors.

5. Talent – Open Source Software: Red Hat has named Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen as senior VP and GM of North America Commercial Sales, and Marjet Andriesse as VP and GM for Asia-Pacific region. Red Hat, owned by IBM, is central to IBM’s business turnaround plan.

6. Layoffs – New Relic: Here are details about the job cuts.

B. Channel Chiefs, Partner Programs and Strategic Alliances

1. Partnership – Small Business Software: LogMeIn and Capital One are partnering to deliver work-from-anywhere solutions to small businesses, the two companies say.

2. Partnership – Financial Managed Services: Computer Services Inc. (CSI) and CivITas Bank Solutions are partnering to provide CivITas community bank customers with “comprehensive and reputable managed services solutions.”

3. Partnership – SD-WANs: Comcast Business has enhanced its SD-WAN platform while leveraging technology from Versa Networks.

C. Channel Partner Summits, MSP Conferences and Virtual Events Calendar

  1. Fortinet Cloud Security Summit 2021 (April 6-7, Virtual)
  2. Datasphere 2021: Seagate Conference (March 30, Virtual)
  3. Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs Unveiled (April 22, Webcast)
  4. Red Hat Summit 2021 (April 27-28, Virtual)
  5. QuoteWerks User Summit 2021 (April 28-30, Virtual Event)
  6. ChannelE2E’s complete event calendar
  7. Add Your Annual Event To Our Calendar: Submit it here
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