WestconGroup Launches Tech Incubation Program

By Gina Roos
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WestconGroup Launches Tech Incubation Program

WestconGroup launched an incubation program to identify emerging technology vendors in high-growth areas and develop global distribution relationships for their products and services. As part of the program, the distributor is looking to find vendors that have not previously used or considered distribution as a sales channel.

With budgeted funding and resources to help new technologies get into the hands of its solution providers, the program strengthens WestconGroup's overall ecosystem, enabling the distributor to offer more vendor solutions that solve complex business problems, the company said. WestconGroup will provide a scalable process for vendors to ramp up in each country and region, and enable them to leverage the distributor's specialized practice groups and services to target the solution providers and markets they want to reach.

The first vendor to emerge from incubation is WestconGroup partner FireMon. The two companies expanded their current North American and Asia-Pacific distribution relationship to include Latin America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). WestconGroup is the first distribution partner to carry FireMon's products worldwide.

StorageCraft Adds Professional Services Program

StorageCraft launched a new professional services program to help MSP and VAR partners enhance their IT backup and disaster recovery solutions and strategies for their customers. The StorageCraft Professional Services program includes full or on-demand consultation, design and/or implementation of backup and disaster recovery services.

The full-service option, including design and implementation services, allows partners to use StorageCraft expertise on-site to design and implement a custom backup and disaster recovery infrastructure. On-demand services include StorageCraft QuickAssist Design, StorageCraft QuickAssist Implementation and StorageCraft QuickAssist Assistance.

StorMagic Unveils Partner Program

StorMagic, a provider of enterprise-class software-defined storage for virtual server environments, launched a new global Preferred Partner Program to help drive the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure. The company also announced the introduction of the Champions Program that provides resellers who are driving the adoption of StorMagic's software-defined storage product, SvSAN, with increased margin and deal protection. The expanded channel program also provides comprehensive training, marketing, technical and sales support, including access to SvSAN software for testing and evaluation.

Faction Intros Cloud Marketplace

Faction, an enterprise-class infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider offering hybrid, private and public cloud solutions, launched Faction Marketplace, a purchasing platform designed to connect customers and channel partners to cloud service and product suppliers. As a resource for its partners and resellers to purchase complementary cloud services, Faction Marketplace simplifies the cloud customization process and matches partners with suppliers by aggregating service options and price points.

The platform offers a variety of choices for managed services, software solutions and co-location services. All products are supplied by Faction's certified channel partners. The portfolio features services from Avnet, Data Storage Corp. and other Faction cloud reseller partners.

Leidos, RSA Deliver Managed Security Service Offerings

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, and RSA, a division of EMC, are working together to deliver security solutions through managed security service offerings. Leidos' Managed Security Service (MSS) program will leverage the RSA Advanced Security Operations (ASOC) solution combined with its RSA Archer GRC expertise to help provide comprehensive security offerings for Leidos and RSA commercial and federal clients.

The Leidos MSS offerings leverage the Leidos Security Operations Center (SOC) and combine security capabilities that include threat intelligence, enterprise configuration and vulnerability management, and 24/7/365 managed network operations security center services.

Moogsoft, HCL Form Alliance

HCL Technologies, a global IT services provider, announced an alliance with Moogsoft, a provider of big data operations analytics and situation management for enterprise service assurance. The partnership will address the market opportunity to modernize IT service assurance for large enterprises for cloud, software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and the Internet of things.

Under the alliance, HCL will act both as a worldwide reseller of Incident.MOOG to global enterprises and telecom providers, as well as integrate the Moogsoft platform as the Manager of Managers (MoM) layer within HCL AUTOPS and deliver it as part of their MTaaS Platform.

CERT Offers Insider Threat Assessor Certificate

The CERT Insider Threat Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute offers a new Insider Threat Vulnerability Assessor (ITVA) Certificate to train individuals to meet upcoming federal government standards. Registration is now open for courses in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Arlington, Va.

Executive Order 13587 signed by President Obama in September 2011 requires federal agencies that operate or access classified computer networks to implement insider threat detection and prevention programs. Contractors that engage with federal agencies also must comply with the proposed changes. The center also offers a certificate program for insider threat program managers and plans to add a certificate for insider threat program evaluators.

CBT Nuggets Forms Partnership With Google

CBT Nuggets, an e-learning company that creates on-demand online IT training, is partnering with Google to provide training for Google Cloud Platform, a suite of cloud-based services that enables users to create a range of programs from Websites to applications.  CBT Nuggets, an official Google Cloud Platform training partner, provides self-paced online training for Google Cloud Platform services.

The company currently offers five training courses: Google App Engine: Qualified Developer, Google Cloud Storage: Qualified Developer, Google Cloud SQL: Qualified Developer, Google Compute Engine: Qualified Developer, and  Google BigQuery: Qualified Developer.

Quick Heal Announces New Loyalty Program

Security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies announced Quick Rewards, a new loyalty program for qualified North American reseller partners. The program is designed to provide financial benefits to active channel partners that refer fellow VARs/resellers.

Quick Rewards allows authorized channel partners to receive rewards credits, representing up to 6 percent of a referred partner's first-year Quick Heal SEQRITE product line sales and 4 percent of the second year's sales. The company also appointed two key executives to help drive the expansion of its North American channel program.

GetCloudServices Joins Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program

GetCloudServices (GCS), a provider of cloud server and desktop-as-a-service hosting, joined the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program. The move allows the company to provide direct billing, sell combined offers and services, as well as directly provision, manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings.

As a partner, GCS owns the complete customer lifecycle allowing the company to sell and support Office 365 and Windows Intune subscriptions and help customers leverage cloud services by owning the entire billing cycle and directly managing support. GCS' value-added services include Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, daily backup, security and encryption for email, and 24/7 professional support.

ScienceLogic Claims First Comprehensive Multicloud IT Monitoring Platform

ScienceLogic announced complete monitoring and dependency mapping for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud Air as well as on-premises IT elements. The consolidated multicloud coverage is said to enable enterprises to discover, assess, run and operate their IT resources in multiple clouds, helping them proactively detect performance across all clouds from a single pane of glass.

Key functionality includes support for all major multicloud environments, including private cloud, from the same software installation; visual mapping of dependencies across technologies, regardless of where they reside (public or private cloud); and a single hybrid IT monitoring platform for the entire IT stack, including networks, systems, storage, applications and cloud elements. Other features include dashboarding, multi-tenancy, high security, reporting, event management, runbook automation and asset tracking across multiple clouds, from a single code base.

CipherCloud, Cloud Security Alliance Form Partnership

CipherCloud, a provider in cloud visibility and data protection, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are forming a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security as a part of the cloud access security broker (CASB) framework. Deloitte, InfoSys, Intel Security, SAP and other technology leaders will also contribute. The new working group will provide guidance on vendor-neutral data-security implementation to help drive cloud services adoption.

ViaWest Earns Compliance Renewals

ViaWest, a hybrid colocation provider in North America, announced its KINECTed PCI Compliant Cloud and KINECTed Health Cloud portfolios have achieved compliance environment audit renewals for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulation and HIPAA, respectively. KINECTed PCI Compliant Cloud was created for companies that accept, store, process or transmit credit card data, and comes with a fully audited infrastructure and 24/7 customer support.  The KINECTed Health Cloud was designed to help companies that manage electronic Protected Health Information meet their compliance and IT security requirements.

Kordia Joins Asigra Partner Ecosystem

Asigra, a cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider, announced that Kordia, a telecommunications provider based in New Zealand, has joined the Asigra partner ecosystem to deliver backup and recovery services powered by the Asigra Cloud Backup software platform.

This article was originally published on 2015-07-01