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5 Channel Partner Updates: 4 November 2016

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, November 4, 2016.

Actually, there are 10 entries for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on. Take a look…

10. Splunk Partner Program: The fast-growing software company is preparing some key channel partner program moves. Stay tuned for Splunk details really, really soon.

9. Partner Program: Tyco Retail Solutions, part of Johnson Controls has launched its first globally managed channel partner program with nearly 200 distributors/resellers, Value Added Resellers, OEMs, Value Added Distributors, and Alliances, the company said. Among the key priorities: Accelerate the delivery of Tyco's Sensormatic Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) portfolio

8. Amazon Linux: Channel partners and DevOps teams can now download Amazon's Linux distribution to test applications on-premises before activating them atop Linux in Amazon's cloud...

7. Barracuda Outage: Barracuda Networks had an outage this week that apparently involved a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This is the latest in a growing list of U.S.-based businesses that have suffered DDoS attacks and associated outages in recent weeks...

6. HPE Raising Britain Prices: HP Enterprise is the latest technology company to raise prices in Britain. Apple and Microsoft have previously announced similar price increases, though Microsoft's won't activate until January 1, 2017. The increases are closely associated with Brexit -- Britain's decision to exit the European Union. The Brexit turmoil has harmed the British Pound, triggering a growing number of IT price increases. Still, some smaller and midsize technology companies supporting MSPs in Britain say they have no plans to raise prices.

5. SMB Job Growth Slows: That's the latest reality check from Paychex...

4. Security M&A: Sophos has acquired a security analytics startup in Ireland. Sophos has a growing focus on MSPs that support midmarket customers.

3. Backup Meets Analytics: StorageCraft has launched File Backup and Recovery with Backup Analyzer, which leverages analytics to identify the data that should be backed up and the data that should not. The result, StorageCraft claims, is "an intelligent tiered data architecture that provides rapid access to mission-critical information." The analytics technology is based on StorageCraft's recent Gillware Online Backup acquisition.

2. NetApp Layoffs: The storage company is cutting about 6 percent of its staff, and the cuts will be completed by about April 2017. Two rounds of earlier layoffs involved workforce cuts of about 14 percent, The Wall Street Journal estimated.

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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.