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Channel Partner Program Roundup: OWC, AppRiver, Lua

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:30

Happy Thursday, and thanks for joining us for Channel Partner Program Roundup! In honor of Halloween, we’ve got a particularly ghoulish lineup of spooky partner news this week, including updates from OWC, AppRiver and Lua. Grab your candy corn and costumes, and let’s begin.

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Cut Through the Marketing Noise

Thu, 2014-10-30 08:51

When content marketing and social media first became relevant sales and marketing channels in the mid-2000s, it was relatively easy to stand out. By publishing a few well-written blog posts, engaging with prospects and customers on social channels, and sending out a monthly email newsletter, you were considered a forward-thinking thought leader.

But today, everyone in the market is doing these things.

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Microsoft Lays Off 3,000 Workers in Last Stage of Firings

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:30

Microsoft (MSFT) has laid off another 3,000 workers worldwide in what the vendor said was the last stage of an 18,000 workforce reduction it initiated in July when it cut some 13,000 staffers from its payroll.

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Server Upheaval? Microsoft Testing Arm-based Windows Server OS

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:00

Microsoft (MSFT) reportedly has built and is testing a version of its Windows Server operating system to run on ARM-based systems, a Bloomberg report said.

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Security Provider RSA Elevates Yoran to President

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:00

RSA, storage giant EMC’s (EMC) security unit, has promoted Amit Yoran, its products senior vice president, to president and tasked him with delivering a unified customer experience across the division’s products and services and its marketing and sales initiatives.

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A10 Networks Hires Former Ericsson Exec in Convergence Play

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:00

Application networking solution provider A10 Networks (ATEN) has hired Gunter Reiss, a 21-year Ericsson veteran versed in business development, strategic alliances, business partnerships and OEM relationships, to oversee its activities in those areas.

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Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

Thu, 2014-10-30 06:30

Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hosting OpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution.

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Looking for a Few (250) Smart People in Managed Services

Thu, 2014-10-30 06:30
MSPmentor has opened its annual survey to identify the top executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, coaches and influencers in the managed services market for 2014. Please take a few minutes to let us know who you think deserves to be recognized.

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Ensuring Small-Business Data Security: A Valuable MSP Opportunity

Wed, 2014-10-29 14:30
Earlier this year, security vendor CSID carried out a survey that revealed worrying details as to how little effort some smaller businesses put into securing their customers’ confidential data. Only 43 percent of the small businesses surveyed said that they were happy with the security measures they have in place. Furthermore, only 12 percent reported having a plan in place for how they would deal with a security breach. Despite this, 80 percent store customer email addresses and telephone numbers on internal systems, and 70 percent store the home addresses of staff and customers.

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Windows Server 2003: What Are Your Migration Plans?

Wed, 2014-10-29 10:15

Unless you're a Mac person or you've been living in some sort of IT paradise where nothing ever breaks or is discontinued, you know Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support is coming July 14, 2015. After that date, Microsoft will not provide security patches, and any remaining Windows Server 2003 systems on your network will be at risk.

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Wireless 2.0: Are You Overlooking the SME Market Opportunity?

Wed, 2014-10-29 09:59

One of the leading industry research firms, Dell’Oro Group, sized the U.S. wireless LAN opportunity at approximately $1.3 billion within the small-to-midsized enterprise (SME) segment, defined as 50-250 employees or users. With such a strong market opportunity, why is there not more focus by solution providers? Is it not profitable enough? Do they not have the resources to properly cover it? Is there not a need for incremental professional services?

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Voting Doesn’t Have to be Political, It’s Good For Business

Wed, 2014-10-29 09:35

The mid-term elections are less than a week away and it’s time for Americans to exercise their rights, make their voices heard and cast their votes. Even though this election year doesn’t have the grandeur of a presidential election, it’s extremely important nonetheless, and for many reasons.

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ClearOne Channel Program Targets VoIP, Telecom Agents, MSPs

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:30

Audio and visual communication solution provider ClearOne (CLRO) has launched its ClearOne Connections Partner Program for VoIP, telecom agents and managed service provider partners. ClearOne partners will be able to sell the company’s Spontania cloud service and take advantage of a number of traditional channel program offerings.

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Meru Networks Unveils App Store, Software Platform

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:30

Wi-Fi networking provider Meru Networks (MERU) has unveiled Meru Center, a new software platform that provides a central networked application provisioning engine and management dashboard to customers. A new Meru App Store is also expected to provide customers with access to a host of software-defined networking applications.

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CTERA Launches Cloud Accelerator Channel Program

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:30

Cloud Storage Service Platform provider CTERA Networks launched a new global partner program this week for its MSP, VAR and distribution partners. Like all reseller programs worth their salt, the CTERA Cloud Accelerator Channel Program is expected to help partners drive their cloud businesses and provide ways to boost sales and awareness of the CTERA portfolio of cloud storage gateways, secure file-sharing and endpoint-backup solutions.

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Tech Data TechSelect Fall 2014: Sounding off with Partners

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:30

The VAR Guy was hiding in plain site at last week's Tech Data (TECD) TechSelect Partner Conference in Henderson, Nevada, where more than 400 Tech Data partners showed up to learn more about the distributor's plans for fiscal year 2015 and hear its new initiatives surrounding collaboration and communication. As usual, we hit the exhibition floor at to chat with partners and see what they thought about working with Tech Data for all youfolks who couldn't make it out there yourselves.

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VAR Guy Poll: Integrated, Disaggregated Systems Equally Important

Tue, 2014-10-28 06:30

There’s no doubt that we live in a world of integrated cloud networks with hundreds and thousands of individual systems working together to form some of the largest and most powerful enterprise computing solutions. But there still remains a market for machines that enable users to build their own systems from scratch.

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Apple Pay: MCX Consortium Underestimating Apple Users’ Loyalty?

Tue, 2014-10-28 06:30

Every channel partner knows of the legendary passion and devotion of Apple (AAPL) users for their iPhones, iPads and Macs. Some of the nation’s largest retailers may soon be learning about it as well.

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McAfee Overhauls Partner Program

Mon, 2014-10-27 15:25

McAfee is giving its aging partner program an overhaul to better reflect its partners’ purchasing behaviors and trends in the security industry, the company announced this week. The new Intel Security Partner Program will begin Jan. 1 and will feature simplified solution competencies, expanded training opportunities and additional specialization programs for partners.

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HP, Symantec Splits: Good Moves for the Channel?

Mon, 2014-10-27 11:39

Hewlett-Packard and Symantec both recently announced their plans to split their companies into two separate entities to better serve their customers and, ostensibly, their channel partners. Do you think these moves will be good for the channel?

Yes, no doubt in my mind Yes, but it may take a while to see any positive difference No, I don't think there will be any improvements Wait, HP and Symantec split their companies?
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