Cisco Plans to Acquire Piston Cloud Computing

By Gina Roos
cloud acquisition

Cisco to Acquire Piston Cloud Computing

Cisco plans to acquire Piston Cloud Computing to help boost the product, delivery and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services. The Intercloud is a globally connected network of clouds, designed to deliver secure cloud services and built by Cisco and its partners.

In a company blog post, Hilton Romanski, Cisco senior vice president of business development, said: "The acquisition of Piston will complement our Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud. Additionally, Piston's deep knowledge of distributed systems and automated deployment will help further enhance our delivery capabilities for customers and partners."

Building on Cisco's recent acquisition of Metacloud, the addition of Piston's distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent is expected to enhance Cisco's capabilities around cloud automation, availability and scale, while improving the delivery capabilities for customers and partners. Piston will join Cisco's Cloud Services team, which headed by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services Organization.

Vijilan Delivers White-Label Security Services

Vijilan Security launched its ThreatDetect, ThreatAnalyze and ThreatRespond security services aimed at helping protect small and midsize businesses (SMBs) from cyber-attacks.  The company's advanced security services are sold exclusively through the Vijilan Partner Program, a white-label channel sales model that includes IT solutions providers and managed security providers.

To take advantage of growing demand for managed security services, managed security providers and IT service providers must extend their services to include 24/7 security operations, security threat detection and mitigation services, which traditionally require specific expertise and a large capital outlay, the company said. Vijilan's offering provides detection, monitoring and incident-response guidance from the company's 24/7 security operations center, which monitors more than 600,000 worldwide hosts, and processes more than 6 billion security events daily.

Partners can white-label the security services with no capital infrastructure or resource costs. Vijilan is 100-percent channel-focused and only offers services through qualified service provider partners, according to company officials.

Tech Data, Saratoga Speed Ink Deal

Tech Data announced an exclusive agreement with Saratoga Speed to provide its full portfolio of products to the company's channel of solution providers in the United States, helping them capture and monetize opportunities around big data. Available through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division, Saratoga Speed's all-flash storage arrays can replace or complement existing storage deployments. The arrays are designed to process and store hundreds of terabytes of data at speeds of tens of gigabytes per second within two or three rack-unit (RU) chassis.

Juniper Networks Unveils New Network Design Training

Juniper Networks announced a new network design and training curriculum and certification program aimed at meeting changing network demands. The Juniper Design Training and Certification curriculum teaches best practices and new techniques across network design, including software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV).

The design curriculum includes the latest approaches, resources and tools that enable companies to build, expand, secure and automate their networks.

Juniper offers training on the full network lifecycle—from initial design through ongoing maintenance. The new program is available to current customers, partners and IT professionals. Three levels of certifications are available: design associate, specialist and professional.

SANS Institute Launches New Security Training Course

SANS Institute, a provider of information security training, announced the addition of a new course that aims to give security professionals the tools and skills needed to provide active defense, offensive countermeasures and cyber-deception to catch cyber-attackers.

The Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures and Cyber Deception course is designed to teach security professionals how to force an attacker to make moves that may increase a defender's ability to detect that attacker, how to gain better attribution about the attacker and how to gain access to the attacker's system—and learn how to do this legally.

PKWARE Refocuses Channel Program

PKWARE, a provider of smart encryption solutions, has named Rick Hofmann vice president of North American Channels and Alliances to lead its relaunched channel program. Hofmann will lead the company's strategy for partners in North America across all routes to market, including solution providers, service providers, distributors, OEMs, systems integrators and outsourcers and independent software vendors (ISVs). Part of the strategy includes the recruitment of security-focused resellers and systems integrators. The company also announced a partnership with data-protection specialist Intuitive Technology Group, the first in a series of channel partnerships.

Avnet Expands Integrated Infrastructure Offerings

Avnet Technology Solutions now offers Cisco and IBM's new VersaStack solution in Latin America. VersaStack combines the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure—consisting of the Cisco Unified Computing System, "ACI-Ready" Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS switches, and UCS Director—with the IBM Storwize storage system.

The integrated system will help partners accelerate cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments. VersaStack is backed by Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference architectures, which partners can use to design and deliver solutions specifically tailored to their customers' requirements faster and with less risk, said Avnet.

Y Soft Offers New Reward Program

Y Soft, an enterprise office solutions provider, introduced a new reward program for managed print services partners. The Y Soft Partner Reward Program offers a set of discounts, incentives and rewards for Y Soft's global community of channel partners and adds a new partner level, Y Soft Authorized Reseller. As an authorized reseller, partners sell and deliver the YSoft SafeQ solution and Y Soft provides ongoing support and service directly to the customer. The program provides rewards and incentives on business development activities, such as promotions, customer references and event participation. The program is effective July 1, 2015.

Coveo Teams Up With New Salesforce System Integrators

Coveo expanded its systems integrator (SI) ecosystem with several leading Salesforce system integrators, including Appirio, BlueWolf, Cloud Sherpas, Etherios, NTT Data Cloud Services and Vertiba, thanks to marketplace adoption of Coveo for Salesforce applications. Coveo's subscription revenue bookings increased more than 300 percent in the first quarter of 2015, led by its Coveo for Salesforce Service Cloud and Communities apps. The offerings available to SIs include Coveo for Salesforce-Communities Edition and Coveo for Salesforce-Service Cloud Edition.

Security Mentor Adds Policy Tracking and Management Service

Security Mentor introduced the Security Mentor Policy Tracking and Management Service, a cloud-based service offering that enables customers to track and manage their security policies on Security Mentor's security awareness training platform. This service provides a way for businesses to ensure employee compliance with security awareness training and internal security policies in a single location. Program administrators can view, customize and export reports to track compliance with policies.

Cloud Technology Partners Debuts CTP Labs for Google Cloud Platform

Cloud Technology Partners launched Cloud Technology Partners (CTP) Labs for Google Cloud platform. CTP Labs for Google enables enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop software on the Google Cloud platform. Although CTP Labs is platform-independent, Cloud Technology Partners has leveraged Google Cloud platform, which provides the tools and capabilities necessary to develop and operate the high-performance applications that enterprise customers need, said the company.

Pricing for CTP Labs is on a per-project basis. Engagements generally range from three months to one year.

This article was originally published on 2015-06-03