Channel News Briefs: Week of Oct. 19By Gina Roos | Print
This week's briefs include Avnet's global distribution agreement with Lenovo, a new DDoS attack mitigation appliance for MSPs from NSFocus, and more news.
Avnet Distributes Lenovo Enterprise Products
Avnet Technology Solutions is now an authorized global distributor of Lenovo enterprise products. Under the agreement, Avnet is distributing Lenovo's System x (x86) servers and related solutions, following the transition of IBM's System x server business to Lenovo effective Oct. 1. Lenovo products include System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking, and maintenance operations. Avnet's channel partners in more than 40 countries throughout Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and North America will have access to the Lenovo products to develop and expand their enterprise businesses. Avnet will continue providing traditional service offerings to its channel partners, including logistics, sales, marketing, finance, and technical services, together with business, IT, lifecycle and education services.
NSFocus Launches Anti-DDoS for Providers
NSFocus has launched an active distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack mitigation appliance that defends against known and unknown attacks. The ADS 8000 series is designed for hosting service providers, Internet data centers (IDCs), telecom carriers and managed security service providers (MSSPs). These providers are high-value targets for DDoS attacks because of the "massive Websites and other diversified applications that they host," the company said.
An emerging strategy is to incorporate DDoS appliances into the network to protect brand reputation and provide end users with a security-as-a-service product that can be added to go-to-market strategies, which will help increase business benefits and return-on-investment.
Arrow Signs Hitachi Data Systems
Arrow Electronics has added Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving to its cloud service portfolio and ArrowSphere cloud marketplace in the United States. The cloud storage solution is provided by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and is designed as a HDS hybrid content cloud that uses the same proven HDS infrastructure products that support private infrastructure cloud solutions for customers and cloud service providers globally.
Available to Arrow solution providers, the Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving addresses the lifecycle needs of the distributed enterprise in terms of fast-growing and aging data assets. The cloud storage service allows customers to completely outsource the management of unstructured data, which is available as a pay-as-you-grow subscription, according to the companies.
Cleversafe, HP Ink Distribution Agreement
Cleversafe, an object-based storage provider, and HP have signed a distribution agreement that enables HP to resell Cleversafe's object-based storage software platform. Under the agreement, HP and its qualified channel partners can now sell the Cleversafe platform with the HP ProLiant Server family.
The Cleversafe/HP object-storage solution addresses the Hyperscale storage needs of enterprise and service providers. It also includes service and support.
Exact Expands Distribution Channel
Exact, a provider of business software solutions for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), has added Baesis, a VAR in the ERP space, to its Exact Macola channel partner community. Exact expects Baesis, "as one of the largest domestic resellers in the ERP market," to lead the company's expansion in the Northeast and market share growth for the new Exact Macola 10 solution. Channel partners are key to Exact's expansion strategy, which is focused on an indirect sales model, said the company.