Channel News Briefs: Week of Aug. 3By Gina Roos | Print
This week's briefs include Tech Data Mobile Solutions' enhanced cloud-based partner portal, Ingram Micro's new Expert Services for partners, and more news.
RGS Delivers 'Cold' Storage Offering in the Americas
RGS, a business unit of Avnet, has released its RGS Cold Storage offering, touted as the market's first fully integrated, certified and tested rack-level storage solution for "cold" or infrequently accessed data, archives, backups and big data analytics. Developed in conjunction with storage software provider Storiant, the new offering is available through RGS's channel of VARs, managed service providers (MSPs) and ISVs in the Americas.
The offering is designed to help end customers optimize and manage petabyte-scale data more efficiently and cost effectively to address the growing volume of data. Features include object storage software from Storiant, fully integrated rack-level appliance, petabyte-scale cold storage and long-term archival, on-demand cold storage or archival, and hot serviceable drives.
Vantage Data Centers Unveils Channel Partner Program
Vantage Data Centers, a provider of data center solutions in support of mission-critical applications, has unveiled a new channel partner program, AdVantage, with more than 20 initial partners signed. The AdVantage program is segmented into two tracks: one for agents and representatives who support Vantage throughout the sales process, and one for vendors and referral partners who provide leads to Vantage.
Referral partners include systems integrators, VARs and other service providers that focus on data center customers. AdVantage offers compensation and recognition programs for partners who drive lead generation and provide sales support.
Continuity Software Integrates ServiceNow Solutions
Continuity Software now offers full support and integration with the ServiceNow portfolio of cloud-based products. IT organizations that use ServiceNow can now use Continuity Software's AvailabilityGuard software to eliminate infrastructure outages. The automated daily verification of the entire IT infrastructure configuration will enable ServiceNow customers to proactively address issues before they cause downtime and data loss. To ensure ServiceNow issues are tracked to resolution, AvailabilityGuard automatically creates a ServiceNow incident. Ticket information includes a detailed description of the problem, the potential business impact and remediation recommendations.
Intronis Adds Bare Metal Restore for Faster Recovery
Intronis, a provider of backup and data protection solutions for the IT channel, offers a complete Bare Metal Restore (BMR) as part of its new Intronis ECHOplatform and flat-fee unlimited cloud and unlimited local storage pricing plan.
The new integrated functionality includes complete physical image restore and physical-to-virtual recovery at no additional charge. This eliminates the added expense channel partners have to bear to "rebuild, restore, reboot" while giving them access to a highly automated complete recovery process. Restore solutions include recover back to the original system, recover to a replacement machine, recover to a select point in time, restore physical images as virtual hard disks (VHD) to a local or network location, restore protected images as a virtual machine (VM) and mount recovered images as a drive to the same or different machine for file-level restore.
Partnership Cloud-Enables Fax Server Solution
Under a new partnership, etherFAX will cloud-enable Extracomm's ExtraFax fax server solution for IBM Domino and Microsoft Exchange environments. With etherFAX, which offers HTTPS-based transport, ExtraFax customers can securely send and receive business-critical fax communications via the Internet instead of public switched telephone networks (PSTNs), eliminating cost.
Through its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model, etherFAX hosts an array of virtual ports, making them available to send and receive high volumes of fax transmissions. By extending existing fax servers to the cloud, etherFAX eliminates the need for fax boards, media gateways and recurring telephony expenses.