CompTIA Unveils Cloud Accreditation Program

By Gina Roos
cloud certification

CompTIA Unveils Cloud Trustmark+ for the Channel

CompTIA has claimed the IT industry's first formal accreditation program for cloud-focused IT vendors and distributors. The new CompTIA Cloud Trustmark+ is a business-level credential designed to accredit and identify best-practice cloud vendors and distributors. Businesses that earn the Cloud Trustmark+ will demonstrate a commitment to providing IT channel partners with best-in-class technology, integrations, support and enablement resources, said the association.

To obtain the CompTIA Cloud Trustmark+, vendors and distributors are required to pass a third-party review that includes several business and technology criteria. Several documents will also be required in five categories including corporate and product review, go to market strategy, partner/channel strategy, security and infrastructure, and internal operations and support.

CompTIA also announced that it has updated its CompTIA Network+ certification exam that addresses the growth of software-defined networks and increased security preparedness. The new exam (N10-006) covers five areas of networks: architecture, operations, security, troubleshooting and industry standards, practices and network theory. New and updated areas include cloud and virtualization, network segmentation using physical and virtual solutions, digital forensics techniques for preserving and securing data, as well as wireless and mobile support, mobile-device management and device security.

Ingram Micro Bolsters Cloud Offering

Ingram Micro has made several announcements at its annual Cloud Summit this week that boosts its cloud portfolio for channel partners in the United States and Canada. These include the availability of Microsoft Office 365 on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, an expanded Cloud Marketplace portfolio, and a new partner-loyalty program.

Other new offerings include Ingram Micro Service Desk to help channel partners support their customers; Cloud Ignite Services, which supports Ingram Micro's channel partners; and a Healthcare Suite.

Through the marketplace, partners can directly provision and offer unique Office 365 bundles, set their own price and invoice monthly, said Ingram Micro. They also can leverage the marketplace to bundle the Ingram Micro Service Desk for 7/24/365 support and SkyKick Migration Suites to help customers move to Office 365. Others offerings added to the marketplace portfolio include Acronis, Cirius, McAfee, Nomadesk, RingCentral, SkyKick and TrendMicro.

The new partner loyalty program, Cloud Elevate, provides rewards and enablement services to help channel partners accelerate their cloud sales and profitability, said Ingram Micro. Channel partners that participate in the program receive exclusive go-to-market services, as well as discounted education, marketing and business transformation services from third-party vendors.

Computer Systems Institute Adds Cisco Training

Computer Systems Institute (CSI), a provider of 32-week career training programs at multiple Chicago-area campuses, has added two Networking Career Program options that include preparation for key Cisco certification exams. The program now offers three different tracks enabling students to select their areas of IT specialization.

The new training options include the Cisco/MCSA track and the CompTIA A+/Cisco track. A CompTIA/MCSA track is also available. All three tracks include hands-on experience in the school's computer labs, can be completed in 32 weeks and offer morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. CSI said it pays for certification exams for all students who successfully complete any of the school's certificate programs.

Snom Expands Partnership With ABP Tech

Snom Technology, a developer of IP desktop and mobile DECT business phones, has expanded its distribution presence in Canada through a partnership with its long-time U.S. distributor ABP Technology, which specializes in IP telephony solutions. Under the agreement, the complete Snom IP business phone portfolio, including the new D715 and D725 business desktop phones, the M65 wireless IP DECT phone and M700 multicell base station, are now available throughout ABP Tech's distributor network in the United States and Canada. ABP Tech's offices in Toronto and Edmonton provide technical, project and business support to the entire Canadian territory.

Cirius Signs Distribution Agreement With Ingram Micro

Cirius Messaging has increased the reach of its cloud-based secure messaging solution through a North American distribution alliance with Ingram Micro. Cirius' secure messaging enables regulated and non-regulated businesses to protect, control and manage their email communications, even after content has been sent, said the company. Under the agreement, Cirius is now available in the United States and Canada to channel partners through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace. Cirius Messaging's offering is only sold through the channel.

Pulse Inks Distribution Deal With Ingram Micro

Pulse Secure, a provider of access and mobile security solutions to enterprise and service providers, announced its first distribution partnership in North America with Ingram Micro. Under the agreement, Ingram Micro will market, sell and support Pulse Secure's line of virtual private network, network access control and mobile security products to its network of channel partners in North America.

Intronis Aims to Simplify Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery

Intronis, a provider of backup and data-protection solutions for the IT channel, has introduced the Winter Release '15 of its Intronis ECHOplatform that includes several new business-building features and core functionalities.

The enhancements are designed to help channel partners better support more complex cloud, virtualized and physical IT environments. New features include Hyper-V Rapid Recovery, Imaging Rapid Recovery, Object-Level Restore and VMware 6.0 Ready. The Intronis ECHOplatform is built exclusively for channel partners and sells for a fixed monthly cost.

SPS Buys ExtraTeam

Strategic Products and Services (SPS), a systems integrator and managed service provider, has acquired ExtraTeam, an IT solution provider with expertise in networking and data centers, unified communications, collaboration, video, cloud and managed services. ExtraTeam works with clients to optimize, enhance and extend technology solutions and improve business outcomes, said SPS.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-11