Avnet Launches Converged Infrastructure Program
Avnet Launches FSA One Frameworks
Avnet introduced FSA (FlexPod Services by Avnet) One Frameworks, co-developed with Cisco and NetApp to drive the adoption of converged infrastructure solutions. The offering is available to solution provider partners in the United States and Canada.
The new program is a "value-added extension" of the FlexPod Services by Avnet program introduced in May 2011. The FSA One Frameworks is a family of preconfigured and packaged integrated infrastructure racks that combine products and services from Cisco, NetApp and Avnet based on popular customer configurations.
The offering helps simplify sales, speed quoting and speed shipping, and provides an easier purchase request, simpler pricing via automatic price variance requirements and complete solution registration for partners, according to Avnet.
In other Avnet news, the distributor is partnering with NetApp to provide migration services to the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP operating system. Available to U.S. and Canadian partners, Avnet's clustered Data ONTAP turnkey migration program provides complete upgrade and support. It also offers a "baseline" migration program as a lower-cost option for customers that have internal technical capabilities to perform some of the migration.
Ingram Micro to Buy DOCdata
Ingram Micro plans to acquire DOCdata Nederland B.V. and DOCdata International B.V., the e-commerce fulfillment business of Netherlands-based, DOCDATA N.V. for approximately $175 million. Docdata is one of the leading European providers of order fulfilment, returns logistics and online payment services. The acquisition is expected to significantly expand the global distributor's commerce and fulfillment services footprint in Europe.
Dell Expands Partnership With CDW
Dell expanded its partnership with CDW to include all Dell products and solutions in CDW's catalog in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. CDW will offer all Dell products and solutions in the United States and Canada, starting Oct. 13, and offer Dell solutions through its acquisition of Kelway in the United Kingdom, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. The distributor also will provide ProSupport services, including pre-configured IT solutions. Dell's channel partner business now represents more than 40 percent of the company's overall revenue.
CompTIA Launches New Certification Website
CompTIA launched a new Web platform to support its certification program. The new website (http://certification.comptia.org) has been redesigned to make it easier for visitors to find resources, including information about CompTIA certifications, IT career opportunities, as well as education and training options. Training options and learning materials from CompTIA authorized partners are also accessible, as are certification exam objectives and sample test questions.
In other CompTIA news, the IT association created a new LinkedIn community, the CompTIA Instructor Network, to provide instructors, teachers and trainers with resources, support and training in a peer-to-peer setting. The community is open to all instructors who deliver training or intend to train students on CompTIA certification courses.
MobileIron Launches Authorized Training Partner Program
MobileIron, a provider of mobile enterprise security, launched the Authorized Training Partner Program, expanding its educational resources. With the new program, MobileIron partners can now deliver product training to customers through live classes and hands-on labs in their native languages.
Previously, training was delivered primarily through MobileIron University, the company's online training and accreditation portal. Instructors are trained on MobileIron's advanced solutions and have passed audits for location, content and training ability. The training partner program includes reseller partners Exclusive Networks (U.K.), Logis IT (Spain), Macnica (Japan), mITE (Netherlands), Mobco (Belgium) and PaRaBal (U.S.).
Starcom Selects Zadara VPSA Storage
Starcom, a supplier of integrated business systems for the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors, selected Zadara Storage's Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) platform to replace its EMC VNX and NetApp FAS storage arrays in the United States and the United Kingdom. The move is said to support Starcom's global managed services business, including its ERP, CRM, business intelligence and e-commerce, hosting and managed services businesses. The VPSA solution will support the company's VMware- and Microsoft-based applications in data centers located in Europe and North America.
StratoKey Updates Cloud Data Protection
StratoKey expanded its use of behavioral analytics combined with defensive countermeasures, as part of an update to the core StratoKey Cloud Access and Security Broker (CASB) platform. The integrated behavioral analysis with automated countermeasures combined with StratoKey cloud encryption adds protection against stolen user credentials, insider attacks and security anomalies previously unseen in cloud encryption gateways, the company said. Stratokey's solution offers encryption, monitoring, analytics and automated countermeasures for cloud data protection.
Carbonite Enhances Disaster Recovery Portfolio
Carbonite, a provider of cloud and hybrid business continuity solutions for small and midsize businesses, launched an enhanced portfolio of software and hardware disaster-recovery solutions featuring server image backup and bare-metal recovery. The offering includes five new backup appliances ranging in size from 4 to 8 terabytes, and a new version of Carbonite Server Backup—Carbonite Server Advanced. The Carbonite backup appliances are available exclusively through channel partners, distributors and national service providers.
Data Dynamics Intros New Partner Program
Data Dynamics, a provider of storage management solutions for unstructured data, introduced its Data Dynamics Advantage Partner Program to meet demand for partner solutions using the StorageX platform. The program enables channel partners to accelerate NAS hardware sales and increase margins on consulting and professional services.
The program also provides special discounts to partners that invest in training on the StorageX platform. VARs, system integrators and service providers can get up to speed at no cost, and increase their revenues and profitability as volume increases over time, the company said. The three-tiered program (Bronze, Silver and Gold) scales with benefits and discounts.
Infoblox Appoints New VP of Worldwide Channels
Infoblox, a network control company, appointed Ricardo Moreno vice president of worldwide channels. Moreno is responsible for channel partner recruiting, development and programs across all routes to market. Prior to joining Infoblox, Moreno worked at Cisco for 18 years, most recently serving as Cisco's vice president for the United States and Latin America field partner organization.
Unitrends Names CMO
Enterprise-level cloud recovery specialist Unitrends named Steve Muddiman chief marketing officer. With experience in corporate sales, as well as channel and marketing for global enterprise technology brands, Muddiman's responsibilities will include advancing Unitrends' international expansion, increasing market awareness and establishing the company as the leading provider of comprehensive data protection solutions.