Big Switch Networks Unveils Global Partner ProgramBy Gina Roos | Print
NEWS BRIEFS: In addition to Big Switch's partner program, this week's briefs cover a Tech Data agreement with AT&T, CompTIA's security training program and more.
MSPAlliance, Kaseya Team Up to Drive MSP Profitability
The International Association of Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance) and Kaseya, a provider of cloud-based IT management software, have entered into a strategic partnership for 2015. The partnership will focus on helping existing and new MSPs grow their businesses and drive profitability.
Kaseya has been designated as a gold vendor member of the MSPAlliance for 2015. As a gold vendor member, Kaseya will work with the MSPAlliance to offer education and resources to the global MSP community.
The two enterprises also will work together to offer services to help MSPs deliver profitable, efficient managed services and to leverage technology to drive business growth. Joint activities will include educational webcasts, online content, white papers, complementary service and technology offerings.
Naverisk, Vorex Deliver Business Productivity for MSPs
Naverisk, a provider of unified remote monitoring and management (RMM) and Service Desk software for IT service providers and MSPs, and Vorex, a provider of cloud-based professional services automation (PSA) software for the small and midsize business (SMB) market, have forged an alliance. The new partnership integrates Naverisk's RMM and Service Desk platform and the Vorex PSA software to create a business productivity and managed services solution purpose-built for IT channel partners.
The new business relationship aims to simplify and optimize managed IT services and customer service for MSPs, said the company. The technical integration between Naverisk and Vorex PSA will be available as part of the Naverisk 2015 R1 release in April 2015.
CloudBerry Adds OpenStack
CloudBerry Lab, a vendor of backup and management solutions for public cloud storage services, now allows MSPs to use OpenStack with its managed backup service. The company announced OpenStack support for CloudBerry Managed Backup, enabling MSPs to leverage OpenStack technology for customer cloud backup. This means service providers can either run their own OpenStack deployments or use any OpenStack-compatible storage provider such as Rackspace, HP Helion or IBM SoftLayer with the option of running cloud backup via CloudBerry's Managed Backup offering.
The new update to CloudBerry Managed Backup also includes several features for MSPs, such as multiple cloud storage accounts support, backup history management from the control panel and granular administrative permissions.
Biamp Systems Launches VOIP Certification Training Program
Biamp Systems, a provider of networked media systems, has launched its latest training program for voice over IP (VOIP) certification. Targeting AV industry professionals, the new training program is designed to help participants build a foundation in VOIP technology and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) that will help them better design and troubleshoot VOIP installations, said Biamp.
The program will provide the tools and knowledge to design, integrate and troubleshoot Biamp products with VOIP telephony systems. The certification training series is available via self-paced online videos, which can be accessed at any time. All sessions are available for free. VOIP certification training will count toward InfoComm CTS requirements for annual renewal units (RUs).
Cloudnexa Expands Its Partner Network
Cloudnexa, a cloud MSP, has announced partnerships with Racemi, Arcweb and Cloudly as a part of the company's plan to expand its network of partner services. As a Premier Consulting Partner and authorized reseller of Amazon Web Services, the expanded network offers migration and modernization services to AWS customers.
Blue Box, Alliance to Offer Managed On-Prem Private Cloud
Blue Box and Alliance Technology Group announced a joint development program that will deliver an on-prem version of Blue Box Cloud in the second quarter of 2015. Development of the on-prem version is driven by growing customer interest for an OpenStack-powered private cloud solution that runs in the data center or via co-location (on-prem) but is deployed, configured and managed by a single vendor with infrastructure operations experience, said the companies. They are offering an early adopter program for enterprises and service providers.
TAMCO Unveils Profit-Sharing Partner Program
TAMCO launched a new partner program for telecommunications, unified communications (UC), and related technology solution providers. The new TAMCOnnect Plus partner program includes profit sharing and profit enhancement features that will reward partner principals and their sales teams for incorporating leasing in technology solution sales.
The company claims participating partners can increase margins by 50 percent. A key part of the program is the multi-year maintenance bundle opportunity. Other program features include TAMCO Premise Shield and TAMCO Cloud Shield operating expense leases exclusive to partners, a variety of funding options, access to financial and technology expertise to advance sales opportunities, and a free continuing education program.