AirVM Unveils New Cloud Management Platform

By Gina Roos
virtualization and cloud

AirVM Intros New Cloud Management Platform

Cloud management platform company AirVM unveiled AirSembly 2.0, a turnkey cloud management platform designed to enable cloud service providers to customize and integrate to speed delivery of VMware-based cloud services. Aimed at VMware vCloud Air Network Managed Service Providers (MSPs), AirSembly 2.0 features a new user interface (UI) and support for VMware vCloud Air.

AirVM said the new platform can enable MSPs to reduce time-to-revenue by an average of 60 percent while increasing operational efficiency. The company also announced Rackspace as a service provider partner to help expand Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware vCloud, and has closed $8 million in Series A funding.

OnApp Intros Portal for VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers

OnApp announced a new version of its Web and mobile portal for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers. The new portal, based on the new v4.1 of the OnApp Cloud platform, gives service providers a highly configurable, enterprise-grade front end for cloud services based on VMware vCloud Director 5.6 and 8.0, vCloud Air and vCenter. OnApp v4.1 improves cloud management, provisioning and billing for service providers running vCloud Director 5.6 and 8.0, vCloud Air and vCenter.

IBM Enhances Spectrum Storage Software Offerings

IBM is adding new cloud features to two IBM Spectrum Storage software offerings as part of the company's investment in software-defined storage. IBM Spectrum Protect adds new cloud backup to help companies reduce backup infrastructure costs, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate is now available as a service on IBM Cloud via SoftLayer. In the fourth quarter of 2015, IBM Spectrum Protect will be offered as an option on the IBM/Cisco VersaStack "data center in a box" solutions, adopted by MSPs for faster delivery and implementation.

Arrow Expands Chain-of-Custody Services for IT Asset Disposition

Arrow Electronics is now offering Retire-IT's certified chain-of-custody services to customers of Arrow's Value Recovery business. The business works with customers to securely refurbish electronic devices for additional use or to repurpose their parts for other uses.

Arrow said it has always provided secure chain-of-custody options to its customers. The Retire-IT collaboration provides Arrow's Value Recovery customers who need a highly secure chain-of-custody with the option of using a third-party provider to verify that all their IT assets are accounted for throughout the shipping and refurbishment processes.

Retire-IT provides proprietary tracking software that can instantly verify the custody of a specific IT asset, which automates the inventory-reconciliation process, the company said.

Cloud Cruiser Intros CloudSmart-Now

Cloud Cruiser, a provider of software solutions for hybrid cloud analytics, unveiled an offering designed to allow customers to track hybrid cloud usage by user and costs with built-in analytics. CloudSmart-Now is a set of out-of-the-box, preconfigured templates with built-in workflow to collect detailed usage and cost data from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Windows Azure Pack (WAP), VMware and Openstack.

Cloud Cruiser solves the same business problem for both enterprise users and the channel—those providing cloud services or reselling cloud services, said Cloud Cruiser. Cloud Cruiser is architected for multi-tenancy.

Jenne Adds Two Cloud Solutions Vendors

Jenne, a value-added distributor, expanded its cloud solutions portfolio by adding two cloud vendors—Alert Logic and Mitel. Jenne's resellers will be able to sell Alert Logic's security and compliance solutions for the cloud, including security-as-a-service solutions for on-premises, cloud and hybrid infrastructures, and Mitel's MiCloud hosted business communication portfolio.

SoftNAS Delivers Multi-Tenant NAS for Service Providers

SoftNAS, a provider of software-based NAS in the cloud, unveiled SoftNAS, a multi-tenant NAS for service providers. The offering provides full NAS functionality, security and performance while enabling the use of iSCSI and object storage to lower overall storage costs, said the company.

Service providers can deploy the product as a dedicated virtual NAS appliance for specific customers or as a multi-tenant appliance shared across many customers. Service providers pay only for storage used through consumption-based, metered licensing.

Paessler Debuts New Partner Program

Paessler AG, a network monitoring company, launched a new partner program that features an improved deal-registration process, rewards for marketing activities and an enhanced certification program. The company redesigned the program to provide more targeted marketing support at all levels and increased protection of deal registration.

Registered deals are valid for 90 days, compared with 30 days previously. The four-tier program—Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze—offers incentives for marketing programs, discounts on licenses, upgrades, renewals and certifications at all levels, with increasing deal-registration discounts as the levels progress.

Connected Data Expands Partner Program to Europe

Connected Data expanded its Excelerate Partner Program to Europe, and signed its first European strategic partnership agreement with Commtech, a value-added distributor. Commtech will distribute Connected Data's Transporter, private-cloud file sync and share (FSS) appliance solutions, to enterprise customers in the U.K. and Ireland through its channel of resellers and systems integrators.

Atlantis Expands SDS, Hyper-Converged Offerings

Atlantis Computing, a provider of software-defined storage (SDS), launched its third-generation SDS platform and factory integration of its Atlantis HyperScale appliances available on Cisco, HP, Lenovo and SuperMicro server platforms.

HyperScale appliances are available factory-configured through SuperMicro in North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and pre-integrated through Ingram Micro in North America. HyperScale appliances preintegrated on Cisco and Lenovo servers are available through Ingram Micro in North America as well as existing partners in EMEA.

Check Point Upgrades Malware Detection

Check Point Software Technologies, a pure-play security vendor, introduced SandBlast, an advanced threat prevention solution that uses CPU-level threat detection to uncover threats at the pre-infection level. The technology features evasion-resistant malware detection and threat extraction capability.

Check Point SandBlast is available as a cloud service or as an on-premise appliance solution through the company's global partners.

IndependenceIT Supports vCloud Air

IndependenceIT, an integrated workspace automation software platform provider for IT departments, service providers and ISVs, offers enhanced support for vCloud Air and vCloud Director to expand public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure options for partners. This means single and multi-tenant virtual data centers can be deployed on vCloud Air with the automation and workflow engine contained within Cloud Workspace Suite without requiring users to access, learn or support the vCloud Air/vCloud Director interface, said the company.

Cirrity Unveils Reseller Success Portal

Cirrity, a channel-only secure cloud solutions provider, launched its new Reseller Success Portal designed to improve reseller enablement. The company created the marketing and sales support portal in partnership with Revenew, a through-channel marketing automation (TCMA) platform, to provide resellers with access to a custom-developed go-to-market tools and marketing materials.

New capabilities include Campaign-in-a-Box (multi-channel, digital marketing campaigns), Brand Machine (Cirrity-developed, preformatted, professional marketing assets), BrandBox (a repository of sales, marketing and technical tools and assets), and Marketing Development Fund Management (a mechanism for resellers to request funds for campaigns and activities supported by Cirrity).

Impartner Releases Partner Portal Health Check

Impartner (formerly known as TreeHouse Interactive), a turnkey SaaS Partner Relationship Management (PRM) solutions provider, announced a new 11-point Partner Portal Health Check to help companies evaluate whether their portal is an asset or a liability in helping them accelerate indirect sales.

This article was originally published on 2015-09-02