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5 Channel Partner and MSP News Updates: 20 January 2022

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Here are five (actually, more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, January 20, 2022. Sip up.

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A. Today’s Technology, Channel Chief and Partner Program News

1. MSP Software - Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM): MSPs can run Action1's RMM software for free for up to 100 endpoints for forever.

2. SaaS Application Management: Axonius has unveiled Axonius SaaS Management to help security, IT, finance, and risk teams control the complexity, cost, and risk of software as a service (SaaS). We'll be watching to see if or how Axonius positions against MSP-friendly SaaS application management, monitoring and security tools from Augmentt and SaaS Alerts, among others.

3. ServiceNow Partner Rebrands: Highmetric, backed by private equity firm Gryphon Investors, is now branded as NewRocket after making multiple ServiceNow partner acquisitions.

4. ServiceNow Consulting Partner: DXC Technology has launched a DXC ServiceNow Strategic Business Group.

5. Executive Leadership - Cloud Marketplace: Pax8 has hired Nikki Meyer as VP of global vendor alliances, and Caroline Goles as VP of digital sales strategy. Meyer will report to Aaron Garza, SVP of business development, and Goles will report to David James, chief data officer. The hires arrive amid Pax8's continued global expansion and march toward a potential IPO.

6. Executive Leadership - Cloud Services: Lightstream has hired Joe Vadakkan as executive vice president for global sales and engineering.

7. Datadog Channel Chief: Datadog has named Sean Walters as chief revenue officer (CRO) to  "collaborate closely with go-to-market and customer-facing teams and will oversee all global sales initiatives." Alas, the announcement did not mention channel partners or MSP go-to-market strategies. Many MSPs leverage Datadog to monitor and secure various cloud applications.

8. SMB Ransomware Prevention: CyberSaint has launched CyberBase, which enables customers to understand their ransomware risk profile aligned with the NIST Ransomware Risk Management Framework.

9. Dell Technology as a Service: Dell continues to expand its APEX as-a-service portfolio. The newest options include APEX Multi-Cloud Data Services, Backup Services, along with various multi-cloud file storage and DevOps efforts. Dell's APEX revenues apparently are growing quickly -- though they likely represent a small percentage of the hardware giant's overall quarterly sales.

10. Funding - Password Management: 1Password has raised $620 million in a funding led by ICONIQ Growth.

11. Partnership - Data Security and Google Cloud: Protegrity has partnered with Google Cloud to support the upcoming release of BigQuery remote functions.

12. Partnership - Windows 11 Deployments & Lifecycle Management: ReadyWorks and Access IT Automation have partnered to automate Windows lifecycle management -- including Windows 11 rollouts.

13. Partnership - AWS: SoftwareONE & AWS are partnering to "accelerate their customers’ cloud journeys."

14. Partnership - Snowflake Cloud Data Security: Panther Labs has launched launched Panther for Snowflake to provide purpose-built security monitoring and threat detection. 

15. Research - SD-WAN Market: Aryaka's 2021 State of the WAN Report is available now.

16. Research - Enterprises Seek MSP Assistance: Many enterprises (55 percent) are spending more money with their MSPs today compared to previous years as they migrate to the cloud (36 percent), undergo digital transformation (35 percent), and focus on managing cybersecurity threats (34 percent), LogicMonitor research indicates.

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

  1. Check Point CPX 360 2022 (January 25-27, Virtual)
  2. Dynatrace Perform (February 7-11, Las Vegas)
  3. ASCII 2022 MSP Success Summit (February 16-17, Houston)
  4. NerdioCon 2022 (February 21-23, Cancun, Mexico)
  5. ThreatLocker Zero Trust World 2022 (February 21-23, Orlando, Florida)
  6. ChannelE2E’s complete event calendar
  7. Add Your Annual Event To Our Calendar: Submit it here for consideration.
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.