Avnet Cloud Marketplace Makes Its Debut

By Gina Roos
Avnet Cloud Marketplace

Avnet Launches Cloud Marketplace

Avnet rolled out Avnet Cloud Marketplace, which is designed to be a one-stop shop offering a wide range of solutions from leading cloud service providers, flexible payment models and a cloud management toolset. The marketplace enables U.S. and Canadian partners to offer cloud-based services through consumption- and subscription-based models and "create branded storefronts to offer complete solutions to customers," the company said.

The marketplace has tools to help partners and their customers manage the cloud services they purchase.

According to the distributor, the Avnet Cloud Marketplace offers functionality for VARs, ISVs, MSPs, SIs, technology manufacturers and end users.  

Veeam Unveils Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers

Veeam Software introduced the Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers, which enables them to launch new services and build new cloud revenue streams. The new portal, available through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, streamlines the delivery of Veeam backup services (including backup-as-a service) for service providers, including resellers that are interested in launching a service provider business. It will be generally available in the first quarter of 2016.

The portal, which provides a "business-in-a-box," offers remote monitoring and management of customer backups via a service provider portal for administrative and billing purposes, and a customer portal for basic self-service monitoring and configuration. Established and new service providers can use the offering as a foundation to deliver value-added services, Veeam said.

Metalogix Expands Web-Based Training and Certification Program

Metalogix, a provider of unified management software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms in the cloud and on-premises, has expanded its Metalogix Academy Web-based training and certification program, which is available for free to Metalogix clients. Designed for customers and partners, the program further enhances the user experience with discussion threads and "ask the instructor" sessions that offer live class interaction for each technical course.

Program participants are eligible to earn "certificates" for each course they complete. Clients are entitled to a 20 percent transferrable discount on any additional Metalogix software product when they complete a full series of Metalogix Academy. 

SkyKick Offers Microsoft Partners Free Backup of Cloud Data

SkyKick, a global provider of cloud management software for IT solution partners, is offering its Cloud Backup application as a free benefit through Microsoft's Internal Use Rights (IUR) program until June 2016. SkyKick's Cloud Backup application provides cloud-to-cloud backup, unlimited storage and instantaneous recovery of Office 365 data, including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Microsoft SharePoint.

With the new IUR benefit, Microsoft Action Pack, Silver and Gold Competency partners can back up their cloud data using SkyKick technology and store that data on Azure for free. The benefit for channel partners is additional recurring revenue opportunities. SkyKick's Office 365 Migration Suites also are available for free through the Microsoft Office 365 IUR program through June 2016.

Continuum Adds Webroot Security Dashboard

Continuum, a channel-exclusive provider of integrated managed IT services solutions, has integrated Webroot's SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection with its ITSupport Portal to create a security dashboard in a single pane of glass that simplifies the management process for managed service providers (MSPs). From the dashboard, MSPs can see all sites at a glance, enabling them to better protect desktops and servers by addressing antivirus issues immediately.

Continuum bundles Webroot into its intelligent remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform, offering problem resolution backed by the company's Network Operations Center and Help Desk.

Enmotus, Ingram Micro Sign Distribution Agreement

Enmotus inked a distribution deal with Ingram Micro to distribute Enmotus' FuzeDrive Server software. The distribution agreement targets resellers and system integrators in the United States. A 30-day trial version of FuzeDrive Server for Windows and Linux is available on the Enmotus Website.

VeloCloud and MetTel Forge Partnership

MetTel, a communications solutions provider for enterprises, and VeloCloud Networks, announced a partnership that adds VeloCloud SD-WAN capabilities to MetTel's managed communications offerings. The joint offering provides enterprise-grade performance, security and reliability as part of the MetTel managed SD-WAN and bonded Internet solution, said the companies.

FPX and ECENTA Ink Partnership Agreement

FPX, an independent software vendor, signed a partnership agreement with ECENTA, an SAP partner and consulting firm specializing in SAP's Customer Engagement and Commerce application suite. Under the agreement, ECENTA is certified to resell and implement FPX's Smart CPQ (configure-price-quote) solution within the SAP market.

Smart CPQ optimizes and automates quote-to-order business processes across direct, indirect and commerce channels from a single, unified application on-premise or in the cloud. Features include guided selling, quote generation, contract management, e-signature, and renewal management.

ExaGrid, OffsiteDataSync Partner to Offer DRaaS

ExaGrid, a provider of disk-based backup storage, and OffsiteDataSync, a provider of data retention, disaster recovery (DR) and hosted cloud computing services, entered into a partnership to deliver disaster recovery as a cloud service and DR as a service (DRaaS). The new disaster recovery solution leverages ExaGrid's backup storage appliances, and supports Veeam Availability Suite software at either the customer's on-site data center or at OffsiteDataSync's Tier IV data centers in the United States.

Rackspace Cloud Services Available Via Equinix Data Centers

Equinix and Rackspace are collaborating to offer private access to Rackspace cloud services from Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in North America. Equinix will offer direct access to Rackspace dedicated data centers via direct cross connects, as well as through Equinix Cloud Exchange, the interconnection solution that provides direct access to leading cloud providers from a single port. The collaboration also allows existing Equinix customers to add Rackspace managed services to their hybrid or multi-cloud deployments. Initially, access will only be available to Microsoft Azure via Rackspace. The company may add other cloud service providers.

This article was originally published on 2015-11-04