Channel News Briefs: Week of Sept. 21

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This week's briefs cover Avnet's new converged infrastructure offerings, Ingram Micro's technology and vertical market expansions, and more news.

IndependenceIT Adds AWS

IndependenceIT has expanded its cloud infrastructure options for enterprises and service providers with the integration of the company's Cloud Workspace Suite (CWS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This enables the hypervisor/cloud platform-agnostic CWS to operate seamlessly with AWS, simplifying the deployment of full-featured workspace-as-a-service environments by enterprises and service providers for anytime, anywhere application and desktop access, said the company.

The AWS integration also helps enterprises support user mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to increase productivity. In addition to AWS, CWS interfaces with a variety of cloud infrastructure options, including Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure and Artisan Infrastructure. These options give enterprises and CWS service provider partners the option of federating data centers with outsourced cloud infrastructure based on scalability, efficiency and cost, while speeding up their time to revenue, said IndependenceIT.

Continuum Creates Online Forum for MSPs

Continuum, touted as the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed IT services solutions, has created a new private forum, called Collaborate, for its 3,500 managed service provider (MSP) partners. The new forum was driven by Continuum's partners that called for a secure online platform where they could share key updates, insights, thought leadership and business ideas beyond public social media sites, said the company.

The community site replaces the company's current partner support portal, offering more support features. In addition, by offering resources for the entire partner community, Continuum expects it to be a useful online destination for all job types, including owners, sales, marketing and tech support.

CompTIA CertMaster App Available through Spiceworks

CompTIA has teamed with Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, to expand access to CompTIA CertMaster, its online learning solution for IT skills. A free CompTIA CertMaster app is available for CertMaster clients through the new Spiceworks App Center. CompTIA CertMaster courses are available for the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Strata IT Fundamentals certification exams.