Dell, CloudRunner Deliver MSP Cloud Services Platform

By Gina Roos
cloud partnership

Dell, CloudRunner Team Up to Deliver MSP Cloud Services Platform

Dell and CloudRunner, a desktop-as-a-service vendor, forged a partnership to deliver cloud services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Expanding its IT-as-a-service enabled offerings for managed service providers (MSPs), Dell launched the CloudRunner cloud service platform in North America; Europe Middle East and Africa; and the Asia-Pacific region. Offering a turnkey platform enables MSPs to expand into cloud services.

The turnkey platform delivers cloud services via a pay-as-you-go model to accelerate cloud adoption. The platform, which runs on a variety of Microsoft and Dell products, allows SMB customers to access all their applications and data "in a consumer-like experience" through a familiar Windows desktop on any device. They can access their applications and data from any laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.

The CloudRunner platform automates IT-as-a-service management and billing; offers a variety of line-of-business and productivity applications, and can scale quickly to add capacity for growth. Dell also provides turnkey partner go-to-market and enablement content and campaigns.

Avnet Expands Distribution Agreement With Veeam

In a move that enhances its data center availability capabilities, Avnet Technology Solutions expanded its distribution agreement with Veeam Software. Under the new agreement, Avnet will offer Veeam availability solutions to its solution provider partners in the United States and Canada. This expands the existing distribution relationship between Avnet and Veeam in Europe.

Veeam, which provides backup, disaster recovery and virtualization management capabilities, is one of the primary virtual machine backup and replication solutions for VMware. Avnet is the only Veeam distributor to offer Cisco, EMC, HP, NetApp and VMware together on its line card.

Vaultize Enhances Partner Program With Profitability Plans

Vaultize, an enterprise file security provider, introduced new and enhanced programs as part of the IMPACT Partner Program, strengthening its commitment to its 100 percent channel-focused sales strategy. These enhancements include an improved incentive plan consisting of a partner-driven customer reference program, certification program, sales incentive program and significant discounts on products differentiated by partner tier. The Vaultize IMPACT Partner Program includes Silver, Gold, and Platinum membership levels.

CorasCloud Launches Partner Program

CorasCloud recently announced the launch of its partner incentive program. The new program, backed by a $2.6 million investment, provides partners with a comprehensive set of tools, licenses, technical training and support. With CorasCloud built on Microsoft Azure, users can select and implement apps from app stores, or design and build their own apps using the Visual Application Builder. The CorasCloud Partner Program supports partners that are delivering services for a customer consulting on app strategies, building apps or bringing new technology services to the market.

Security Mentor Adds Game-Based Learning

Security Mentor, a provider of security awareness training, expanded its gamification technology across its cloud-based security awareness training programs. The new features enable employees to earn rewards and compete as groups. This is designed to enhance the overall user experience and drive greater engagement through achievement and friendly competition, said the company.

Barracuda Adds New Training

Barracuda Networks is offering new training courses and Public Cloud Certification through Barracuda University to enable partners and integrators to configure and deploy Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda NG Firewall in public cloud environments. The courses and certification provide training on the deployment of Barracuda security solutions on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud Air. The public cloud courses include BTN320–Barracuda NG Firewall Public Cloud Security Engineer and BTW320–Barracuda Web Application Firewall Public Cloud Security Engineer.

VeriStor Forms Partnership With Pivot3

VeriStor Systems, an advanced IT solutions provider specializing in virtual infrastructure and enterprise private, public and hybrid cloud services and solutions, announced a partnership with Pivot3, a provider of hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. The two companies will deliver high-efficiency hyperconverged data center solutions that target virtual desktop infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery applications and general IT workloads. The offering consists of software-defined storage and all-flash appliances that feature Pivot3's patented vSTAC OS using Scalar Erasure Coding global hyper-converged architecture.

Broadsmart Joins Panasonic's SIP Preferred Partner Program

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a provider of business telephone systems, announced that Broadsmart, a telecom service provider of business-class Session Initiation Protocol/Internet Protocol (SIP/IP) trunking, cloud unified communications and data solutions, has joined Panasonic's SIP Preferred partner program.

The alliance will provide a new, complete hosted PBX solution with a focus on the enterprise business market. The partnership leverages Panasonic's SIP phone hardware with communications service and support from Broadsmart to provide cloud-based business phone solutions that are scalable and can accommodate growth. End users receive on-site assistance during installation as well as local support and expertise for ongoing business telephone requirements through Panasonics' network of authorized resellers.

Microsoft Selects Viju as a Global Surface Hub Partner

Viju, a global visual communications and collaboration specialist, entered into a reseller partnership with Microsoft to provide Microsoft's Surface Hub Technology for collaborative workspaces. The company has been selected as a tier 1 elite partner in the Microsoft Surface Hub partner program.

Microsoft Surface Hub is an interactive display technology that leverages Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver a productivity offering optimized for groups. The collaboration devices are available for businesses to pre-order in 24 markets, including the United States.

Broadview Names Sales Exec to Lead Agent Program

Broadview Networks, a nationwide cloud-based provider of communications and IT services, announced that David Dickson, vice president of channel sales for the Western and Central regions, will lead the company's ongoing initiative to expand its agent distribution program. Dickson will work directly with channel partners across the country.

SPS Named Microsoft National Solution Provider

Strategic Products and Services (SPS), a unified communications system integrator and MSP, has been named a Microsoft National Solution Provider (NSP). SPS, which designs, implements and supports solutions across Microsoft products, is one of fewer than 40 Microsoft NSP partners. SPS holds multiple Microsoft Gold competencies and technical certifications, including Gold Cloud Productivity, Gold Communications, Gold Messaging, Silver Cloud Platform, Silver Datacenter and Silver Midmarket Solution Provider.

This article was originally published on 2015-07-22