Channel News Briefs: Week of Nov. 9

By Gina Roos
news briefs

OpenDNS Delivers New Capabilities to MSPs

OpenDNS, a provider of cloud-delivered security, has unveiled new capabilities that allow managed service providers (MSPs) to automate common tasks associated with deploying and managing security across their customer base. The new "Centralized Settings" feature multiple new controls that enable MSPs to improve their operational efficiency and profitability.

Critical tasks such as applying and managing security policy settings across dozens or hundreds of customers can now be done in seconds, instead of minutes or hours, said the company. Other improvements include easier creation of branded block pages, customized security settings, and Web filtering bundles in the Umbrella MSP console.

Westcon Group Signs Agreement with SafeNet

Westcon Group has signed a North American distribution agreement with SafeNet. Under the agreement, Westcon's North American reseller partners have access to SafeNet's authentication, encryption and crypto-management product portfolio. There were 237 breaches that compromised more than 175 million customer records of personal and financial information worldwide in the second quarter of 2014, according to the SafeNet Break Level Index (BLI). During the first half of 2014, more than 375 million customer records were stolen or lost as a result of 558 breaches globally, according to SafeNet. As part of Westcon Group's Security Solutions Practice portfolio, SafeNet solutions are available immediately.

CMR Launches Partner Program

Computer Market Research (CMR), a provider of Web-based channel management solutions, has launched its CMR Partner Program for channel-focused agencies and consultants that are interested in a partnership with CMR. Approved partners get immediate access to an online portal that includes white-label agreements, referral agreements, product literature, white papers and marketing content.

The portal also offers an opportunity registration module that allows partners to register new leads and request Web-based training from CMR. The new program is hosted on PartnerPortal, an online hub for channel programs used by clients. PartnerPortal supports a variety of channel management modules such as co-op/MDF, deal registration, rebates and partner sign-up.

IndependenceIT Upgrades Cloud Workspace Suite

IndependenceIT, a software provider of IT management solutions for application and desktop-as-a service (DaaS) delivery, has released its next-generation Cloud Workspace Suite (CWS) with end-to-end automation for ease-of-use.  With the new release, the company claims the first automated virtual data center (VDC) deployment, delivering a fast and easy workspace-as-a-service platform.

Other new capabilities include the universal service broker that manages virtual VLAN deployments for the customer by creating rules that pertain to a specific customer instead of network layer rules, enhanced end-user self-support features including more granular controls, and a private application catalog for IT service providers that allows them to further personalize their own instances of CWS for customizable partner-managed application suites. IT service providers and administrators can select their preferred cloud infrastructure for globally accessible workspaces across single or multiple clouds.

NaviSite Expands Channel Partner Program

NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company and provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed applications, managed messaging and managed cloud services, has added 10 master agents to its partner network.

They are ChaseTek, CNSG, Connectivity Source, Glacier Communications,One Connect, Subsidium, Synnex, Telarus, Teledomani-MPG, Telegration and VGE. They join Avant, Intelisys, TBI and WTG to offer NaviSite's suite of managed services, as well as Time Warner Cable's telecommunications solutions, to agents, resellers and end users. New partner program enhancements provide greater resources to NaviSite's master agents including a partner portal content management system and enhanced training capabilities. The company also recently launched a sub-program that focuses on software-as-a-service providers.

D-Link Debuts New Resources, Tools for Resellers

D-Link has released a suite of tools, resources and evaluation units for VARs and customers that want to resell or integrate IP surveillance solutions. New resources include a free 36- by 24-inch IP Surveillance 101 poster, a Web-based bandwidth and storage calculator tool to calculate the bandwidth and storage capacity for surveillance projects, an interactive floor planner to help determine where cameras should be placed for optimal video surveillance coverage, and 30-day evaluation units for qualified end users and partners.

A competitive product comparison tool is available to authorized resellers, and an interactive product selector tool helps identify and recommend the right D-Link IP camera for a user's business security. D-Link offers 30 business-class IP camera models and three network video recorders, along with outdoor enclosures and video management software (VMS) options to meet the requirements of any size business, the company said.

Paragon Software Offers Data Protection Bundle for Windows Server Essential

Paragon Software Group, a provider of data protection, backup and disaster recovery (BDR) technology, has released the Paragon Server Essentials Bundle for Windows, targeting data protection and disk optimization needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The offering gives SMB customers who are purchasing a Microsoft Windows 2012 Server Essentials license a comprehensive solution that is currently being used in enterprise environments, the company said.

The bundle includes Hard Disk Manager 15 (HDM) server backup and disaster recovery software as well as 25 Windows-based workstation licenses configured with XP, Windows 8 or another operating system. The Hard Disk Manager also features a set of disk optimization utilities, including advanced partitioning, secure disk wiping, OS migrations, as well as imaging and system deployment functionality.  The bundle is available through Paragon reseller partners, including CDW, SHI, Newegg, En Pointe and Softmart.

RKON Partners With Druva

RKON Technologies, an IT consulting firm providing managed cloud solutions to Fortune 2000 companies, has announced a partnership with Druva, an endpoint data protection and governance provider. RKON provides technology-enabled solutions, including hosted virtual desktops, disaster recovery, managed security and managed virtualization. The partnership will allow for greater protection of endpoint devices, and help customers deal with security and compliance risks associated with the increase in workforce mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, reducing the loss of corporate information assets.

Nintex Names VP of Channels and Strategy

Nintex, a workflow automation company, has named Josh Waldo vice president of channel strategy and channel programs. Waldo will lead Nintex's partner and channel marketing strategy as the company expands its workflow automation platform. Waldo worked at Microsoft for eight years, most recently serving as senior director of cloud partner strategy within the Worldwide Partner Group.

Cirius Messaging Earns Parallels APS 2 Certification

Cirius Messaging has received Parallels APS 2 certification, becoming the first secure messaging solution to be certified with the APS 2 standard for the Parallels Automation environment. This allows Cirius Secure Messaging to be added to any Parallels solution provider's product portfolio.

Cirius Secure Messaging was designed for the cloud and channel distribution. It's leveraged by hosted solution providers looking for a secure cloud solution to increase monthly recurring revenue, and to help customers meet compliance and privacy requirements.

This article was originally published on 2014-11-12