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5 Channel Partner Program and MSP News Updates: 23 February 2022


Here are five (actually, more) technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Sip up.

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

1. Research - IT Distribution: Keep an eye on the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) Knowledge Hub, which features research and analysis from GTDC and partner companies. Among the latest insights to note: A look at the evolving relationship between distributors and hyperscale Cloud Service Providers.

2. MSPs and Desktop Management: Nerdio now offers "full integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM)," which allows Nerdio Manager for MSPs to manage "all physical devices and virtual desktops," the company indicated. This Nerdio blog offers more details. Additional Microsoft perspectives and resources for partners are here.

3. MSP and Cloud Backup: Barracuda has added three new regional data centers in France, United Arab Emirates, and India. Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup sales grew by 55% in the past 12 months, though actual revenue dollar figures were not disclosed.

3.  MSPs  and Multi-Cloud IaaS Management: CloudBlue, an Ingram Micro business, has launched CloudBlue PSA IaaS 360, an automation tool that allows MSPs to "streamline their multi-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) practices," the company said.

4. MSP Partner Program - SaaS and Data Management: AvePoint has enhanced its global partner program to help MSPs, VARs, cloud consultants and DevOps partners to "capitalize on collaboration security revenue opportunities," the company said.

5. MSP Security Options - Cloud Marketplace: Pax8's cloud marketplace in North America now includes WatchGuard's network security platform. The platform provides MSPs with network security, network visibility, SD-WAN, DNS filtering, policy management, threat detection, and more, the companies indicated.

6. MSP Partner Program - Ransomware Mitigation: Illumio has launched an MSP program "designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) reduce the risk of suffering from ransomware attacks and other breaches. Initial partners include FusionTek and Straight Edge Technology.  

7. Ransomware Mitigation Warranty: Rubrik's ransomware warranty now includes the company’s isolated cloud vault service for critical data. Customers using Rubrik Cloud Vault, built on Microsoft Azure, can "benefit from the assurance that Rubrik will pay up to 5 million dollars in recovery-related costs, in the event Rubrik is unable to recover secured data," the company indicated.

8. Cloud Software Container Protection: Redstor has launched a new service designed to help CSPs and MSPs protect Kubernetes environments in AWS.

9. European Cloud Partners: Twenty-eight companies and organizations have aligned with various standards to build out European cloud services while countering public cloud giants such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

10. Lenovo Quarterly Financial Results:  Third-quarter profit jumped 62% to an all-time high of $640 million at Lenovo Group, the world's biggest maker of personal computers said, according to Reuters.

11. Rackspace Quarterly Financial Results: Rackspace's latest financial forecast raised investor concerns about the multi-cloud MSP.

12. Investment - IT Consulting and Java Application Projects: Wipro has invested in vFunction, a Palo Alto-based startup that has developed a "scalable, AI-based technology platform for modernizing Java applications and accelerating migration to the cloud," the companies said. Financial terms were not disclosed.

13. Funding & Acquisitions - Cloud Service Provider: Pelican Capital has invested £10 million in, a UK-based Cloud Service Provider (CSP). The CSP is seeking to grow organically and through acquisitions. Follow-on funding also is available though specific amounts were not disclosed.

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

  1. Xchange Channel Partner and MSP Conference (February 27-March 1, Dallas, Texas)
  2. ChannelPro SMB Forum 2022: Northeast (March 8-9, New Jersey)
  3. HIMSS 2022 (March 14-18, Orlando, Florida)
  4. Global Telecom Data Exchange (March 17-18, Miami, Florida)
  5. IWCE Wireless Conference (March 21-24, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  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.