IndependenceIT Upgrades Its Cloud Workspace Suite

By Gina Roos
cloud services

IndependenceIT Upgrades Its Cloud Workspace Suite

IndependenceIT enhanced its Cloud Workspace Suite (CWS) with new workflow management enhancements. With version 4.0, IT service providers and enterprises can centralize and automate multi-data-center administration from a single interface. The Workspace-as-a-Service platform is designed to eliminate the need to manually configure large, distributed deployments.

CWS allows IT administrators to orchestrate and provision automated, multi-platform, hypervisor/device-agnostic workspaces, apps and desktops as a service. IT service providers and administrators can select their preferred cloud infrastructure for globally accessible workspaces across single or multiple clouds. The software also offers an API set for ease of integration with existing customer infrastructure and business support tools.

Aimed at global IT service providers managing their own service provider channel or enterprise IT teams with distributed computing environments, CWS version 4.0 offers features that consolidate remotely managed environments into a single smart management interface, providing simple application and desktop delivery. The capability provides faster request acknowledgement in meeting business objectives and service-level agreements (SLAs), said IndependenceIT. The automated approach is said to deliver significant savings.

Scrum Alliance Adds New Qualifications Program

Scrum Alliance, a professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community, has launched its new Added Qualifications program to the global community of more than 350,000 members. Added Qualifications is a certificate-based training program designed to help members learn more about advanced Scrum topics.

The new program will begin by offering courses in Scaling Scrum Fundamentals. Participants interested in earning an Added Qualification in Scaling Scrum Fundamentals will need to hold at least one of two foundational certifications, Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Global Knowledge Readies for Cisco Collaboration Training

Global Knowledge, an IT and business skills training provider, has announced learning support for Cisco's new CCNA Collaboration and CCNP Collaboration certification programs. These programs provide IT professionals with the latest in voice and video implementation, troubleshooting and configuration skills. These curricula will replace CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice and CCNA Video certifications.

Global Knowledge expert instructors and training specialists are working on courseware and labs to help IT professionals achieve and maintain the latest Cisco certifications. The new courses will be available soon. In the meantime, IT professionals can continue to pursue the existing CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice and CCNA Video certifications, which will remain active for three years after completion. The CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice and CCNA video exams will retire Aug. 14, 2015.

Ingram Micro Joins Verizon Partner Program

Ingram Micro Mobility joined Verizon's partner program, giving IT resellers access to Verizon's machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobility products that include hardware, software and accessories, as well as device-activation capabilities. The benefits for IT resellers include a shortened sales cycle and greater simplicity in the delivery of multi-vendor products, making it easier for resellers to enhance or add a new line of business.

The product lineup is suited for several channel verticals including health care, education, retail and transportation distribution industries. As a member of Verizon's partner program, Ingram Micro Mobility can also leverage Verizon account teams for pricing, engineering support and the highest level of customer care.

Tech Data Adds Springpath Software

Tech Data inked an exclusive agreement with Springpath to offer its data platform software to solution providers in the United States. The deal enhances the distributor's data center infrastructure product portfolio.

The Springpath offering is available through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions division. Under the agreement, solution providers have access to preloaded software and can provide end users with a fully integrated solution for lower operations costs.

Soonr Enhances Partner Portal Capabilities

Soonr, a provider of secure file-sharing and collaboration services for businesses, introduced new partner portal capabilities designed for managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud resellers. The new capabilities enable channel partners to manage multiple customers from a single central location. This enables service providers to directly manage service, device and other team policies within the partner portal without having to separately log-in or require a separate user account per customer team, the company said.

Zadara Storage Delivers New Functionality for Service Providers

Zadara Storage, a provider of enterprise storage-as-a-service (STaaS), has released new functionality for its Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA), making the service a seamless part of a provider's portfolio.

Aimed at telcos, MSPs and cloud providers, the service offers consumption-based pricing with full remote management, 100 percent data availability SLA and 24/7 support. Advanced capabilities include multi-tenancy, customer self-service, and non-disruptive hardware and software upgrades.

New service provider-centric features include the ability to custom-brand the self-service screens, access system status via a Web-based dashboard, export billing data for invoicing, and language and currency localization.

Paragon Software Group Unveils New Affiliate Program

Paragon Software Group's new affiliate program is commission-based and designed to reward and incentivize software resellers who sell Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Suite and other Paragon Home products, including Backup & Recovery Home 15, Partition Manager 14 Home and NTFS for Mac 12. The program, now managed via a new easy-to-use online platform, offers commission rates ranging from 15 percent for a reseller's first sale, up to 50 percent as the number of software licenses sold increases.

Corvisa, PlanetOne Forge Alliance

Corvisa, a single source provider of cloud communications solutions, announced an alliance with connectivity partner and telecom master agency, PlanetOne Communications. The new relationship will play a key role in Corvisa's recently launched channel partner program and expanded go-to-market strategy, said the company.

Under the agreement, PlanetOne will provide Corvisa's product portfolio to its nationwide network of partners, giving them greater opportunities to increase their cloud-based revenue. Supported by Corvisa's carrier-grade network and cloud architecture, PlanetOne partners will be able to create customized solutions for customers of all sizes.

FalconStor Unveils Horizontal Converged Data Services Platform

FalconStor Software claimed the industry's first horizontal, software-defined storage platform for unified data services with the launch of Freestor. This unified platform provides migration, continuity, protection, recovery and optimization for any storage environment through a single management interface at a single price based on managed capacity across arrays, servers, hypervisors, data centers, and the cloud.

The solution incorporates FalconStor's Intelligent Abstraction core, which provides a massively scalable storage hypervisor, together with a data services engine and automation, to ease the provisioning and management of storage resources. FreeStor will be available for purchase in May through FalconStor channel partners and direct for service providers and OEMs.

Metanautix Joins VMware Partner Program

Metanautix, a big data analytics company, has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program. This enables the company to collaborate with VMware on solutions for virtualization and cloud computing. 

Customers can access information about Metanautix's products, collateral and other assets at VMware's online marketplace, VMware Solution Exchange (VSX). The VSX virtualization and cloud infrastructure marketplace also allows customers to evaluate and rate business solutions.

TCG Partners With Broadview

Broadview Networks, a cloud-based provider of communications and information technology services, has formed a partnership with Telecom Consulting Group (TCG), a telecommunications master agency. TCG will offer Broadview's OfficeSuite product portfolio of cloud products and services to partners and agents nationwide. The portfolio offers business customers cloud-based services that allow them to move infrastructure and software to the cloud for secure any time, any place access.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-25