Channel News Briefs: Week of Sept. 28

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This week's briefs include Arrow's cloud deal with Rackspace, a new alliance between Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent, and more news.

Progress Adds New IT Training Partner

Progress is expanding its Partner+ Program with the addition of IT training partner Fast Lane to offer greater support to its members in Latin America. Brazil-based Fast Lane will translate classroom-based IT training modules into Portuguese and Spanish and offer them to 14 Latin American countries.

The Partner+ Program consists of more than 2,000 partners and covers five key areas: marketing, empowerment, enablement, technical and business. Fast Lane focuses on enablement, bringing a catalog of e-learning and classroom training to support Progress partners in both technical and sales practices.

Toshiba Designs Laptop for SMBs

Toshiba's Business Solutions Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, designed a new laptop series for small and midsize businesses. The 15.6-inch Tecra C50 offers the performance of an enterprise-class PC, along with productivity and security features.

In addition, Toshiba is introducing the Toshiba Quality Guarantee8 for Tecra C50 laptops. If the LCD panel, hard drive, memory or system board fails within the first six months of ownership, Toshiba will replace the unit.

The new laptop will be sold exclusively in the United States through Ingram Micro's reseller and solution provider network, which includes CDW, PC Connection and Zones Inc.

Voxox Promotes Channel Executives

Voxox, a provider of cloud-based communication service for consumers and businesses, has promoted three of its channel partner program members. Voxox's Joann Farrar, formerly senior channel manager, has been named vice president, agent channel; Joe Schiavone, formerly national channel manager, is now vice president, dealer channel; and channel program executive, Tad Nikolich, formerly vice president of business sales, is now senior vice president business sales.

Farrar will focus on the company's master agents and sub-agents. Schiavone will support dealers who work with installations and tier-one support, and Nikolich will oversee the business and wholesale sales effort. The Voxox channel partner program focuses on business cloud services, including hosted IP-PBX, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking, wholesale services, and the company's new virtual PBX service, Cloud Phone.