Channel News Briefs: Week of July 6

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This week's briefs cover CommVault's enhanced channel partner program, Tech Data's agreement to offer Cisco Meraki cloud and managed services, and more news

F5 Revamps Partner Accreditation Program

F5 Networks has unveiled new sales and technical sales accreditation programs that are designed to improve the application services skills of its channel partners. This introduction is the latest in a series of projects to provide F5 partners with the tools and skills needed to offer differentiated application delivery solutions and services to customers, said the company.

The new programs are designed to help partners articulate the value of F5's solutions in data center and cloud environments. The programs focus on clear differentiation with F5 solutions, the Unified F5 Synthesis architectural approach, full understanding of Software Defined Application Services (SDAS) and F5's growing technology partner ecosystem.

SimpliVity Unveils Global Partner Program

SimpliVity, a provider of hyperconverged infrastructure for the software-defined data center, has announced its SimpliVity PartnerAdvantage program that delivers resources, support and incentives to technology resellers and integrators. The three-tier partner program offers an incentive to partners to expand sales of SimpliVity's OmniCube converged infrastructure platform and provide support, training and marketing materials to drive business, the company said.

The OmniCube technology platform enables partners to offer additional products and services that deliver value to enterprises working to manage data growth and gain full efficiencies in a virtualized data center.

Capgemini, Cloudera Team on Big Data

Capgemini, which offers consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has extended its partnership with Cloudera, a provider of enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, to help enterprises accelerate their big data initiatives. Through the launch of two new offerings that combine Cloudera's data management platform, Cloudera Enterprise, with Capgemini's service and support, including Data Science and Analytics capabilities, organizations will be able to gain greater value from their data assets more quickly using the Cloudera Big Data Platform, said the company.

A new "Enterprise Data Hub Accelerator" offering will help organizations execute their first big data projects by providing a complete road map on how to scale data governance, analytics and data platforms to become part of a full enterprise-wide big data strategy. The second new offering, "Data Science-as-a-Service," on the Cloudera platform provides intelligence services such as supply chain risk monitoring, fraud and anti-money laundering, brand reputation monitoring and key influencers intelligence.

Avnet Launches Security and Networking Solutions Division

Avnet Technology Solutions has launched its Avnet Security & Networking Solutions (ASNS) division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to help further support its portfolio of security and networking solutions and services. The division will be supported by several specialist technical and commercial ASNS Competence Centres, starting with the first center launch in the Netherlands this quarter.

The center will act as an EMEA hub for delivering security and networking services and solutions across the region, and will be further supported by Avnet's local expertise in the field. The new division will enable Avnet's EMEA partners to leverage its resources, value-added services and expertise to help them either expand or enter this marketplace, while accelerating their time to market, the company said.