WestconGroup Launches Tech Incubation ProgramBy Gina Roos | Print
NEWS BRIEFS: In addition to WestconGroup's news, this week's briefs cover StorageCraft's professional services program, StorMagic's partner program and more.
WestconGroup Launches Tech Incubation Program
WestconGroup launched an incubation program to identify emerging technology vendors in high-growth areas and develop global distribution relationships for their products and services. As part of the program, the distributor is looking to find vendors that have not previously used or considered distribution as a sales channel.
With budgeted funding and resources to help new technologies get into the hands of its solution providers, the program strengthens WestconGroup's overall ecosystem, enabling the distributor to offer more vendor solutions that solve complex business problems, the company said. WestconGroup will provide a scalable process for vendors to ramp up in each country and region, and enable them to leverage the distributor's specialized practice groups and services to target the solution providers and markets they want to reach.
The first vendor to emerge from incubation is WestconGroup partner FireMon. The two companies expanded their current North American and Asia-Pacific distribution relationship to include Latin America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). WestconGroup is the first distribution partner to carry FireMon's products worldwide.
StorageCraft Adds Professional Services Program
StorageCraft launched a new professional services program to help MSP and VAR partners enhance their IT backup and disaster recovery solutions and strategies for their customers. The StorageCraft Professional Services program includes full or on-demand consultation, design and/or implementation of backup and disaster recovery services.
The full-service option, including design and implementation services, allows partners to use StorageCraft expertise on-site to design and implement a custom backup and disaster recovery infrastructure. On-demand services include StorageCraft QuickAssist Design, StorageCraft QuickAssist Implementation and StorageCraft QuickAssist Assistance.
StorMagic Unveils Partner Program
StorMagic, a provider of enterprise-class software-defined storage for virtual server environments, launched a new global Preferred Partner Program to help drive the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure. The company also announced the introduction of the Champions Program that provides resellers who are driving the adoption of StorMagic's software-defined storage product, SvSAN, with increased margin and deal protection. The expanded channel program also provides comprehensive training, marketing, technical and sales support, including access to SvSAN software for testing and evaluation.
Faction Intros Cloud Marketplace
Faction, an enterprise-class infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offering hybrid, private and public cloud solutions, launched Faction Marketplace, a purchasing platform designed to connect customers and channel partners to cloud service and product suppliers. As a resource for its partners and resellers to purchase complementary cloud services, Faction Marketplace simplifies the cloud customization process and matches partners with suppliers by aggregating service options and price points.
The platform offers a variety of choices for managed services, software solutions and co-location services. All products are supplied by Faction's certified channel partners. The portfolio features services from Avnet, Data Storage Corp. and other Faction cloud reseller partners.
Leidos, RSA Deliver Managed Security Service Offerings
Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, and RSA, a division of EMC, are working together to deliver security solutions through managed security service offerings. Leidos' Managed Security Service (MSS) program will leverage the RSA Advanced Security Operations (ASOC) solution combined with its RSA Archer GRC expertise to help provide comprehensive security offerings for Leidos and RSA commercial and federal clients.
The Leidos MSS offerings leverage the Leidos Security Operations Center (SOC) and combine security capabilities that include threat intelligence, enterprise configuration and vulnerability management, and 24/7/365 managed network operations security center services.
Moogsoft, HCL Form Alliance
HCL Technologies, a global IT services provider, announced an alliance with Moogsoft, a provider of big data operations analytics and situation management for enterprise service assurance. The partnership will address the market opportunity to modernize IT service assurance for large enterprises for cloud, software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and the Internet of things.
Under the alliance, HCL will act both as a worldwide reseller of Incident.MOOG to global enterprises and telecom providers, as well as integrate the Moogsoft platform as the Manager of Managers (MoM) layer within HCL AUTOPS and deliver it as part of their MTaaS Platform.
CERT Offers Insider Threat Assessor Certificate
The CERT Insider Threat Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute offers a new Insider Threat Vulnerability Assessor (ITVA) Certificate to train individuals to meet upcoming federal government standards. Registration is now open for courses in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Arlington, Va.
Executive Order 13587 signed by President Obama in September 2011 requires federal agencies that operate or access classified computer networks to implement insider threat detection and prevention programs. Contractors that engage with federal agencies also must comply with the proposed changes. The center also offers a certificate program for insider threat program managers and plans to add a certificate for insider threat program evaluators.