ABI Forecasts Growth for Managed Security Services

By Gina Roos
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ABI Forecasts Growth for Managed Security Services

Driven by increasing complexity of security requirements, the global managed security services market is forecast to reach $15.4 billion in 2015, and climb to $32.9 billion in 2020, according to new research from ABI Research. More businesses are turning to managed security service providers (MSSPs) that offer expertise and dedicated security personal as they face a lack of internal resources, rising threats and government regulations.

In 2014, there was a 49 percent increase in data breaches and a 78 percent increase in the number of data records stolen or lost compared to 2013, and cyber-criminals are not discriminating between large and small companies, reported ABI Research.

The report also finds that security as a service is gaining in popularity, thanks to its cost and flexibility. Cloud-based security services include Web application security services, identity and access management, and security information and event management.

Arrow to Acquire immixGroup

Arrow Electronics has signed a definitive agreement to acquire immixGroup, a value-added distributor that supports more than 800 value-added resellers, solution providers, service providers, and other public-sector channel partners with specialized resources to accelerate their government sales.

ImmixGroup offers IT solutions from more than 250 leading technology suppliers in addition to services that help IT companies conduct business with the government in the channel. The acquisition will expand Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions' public-sector IT presence.

Tech Data Launches Mobility Solutions and Retail Division

Tech Data has launched its new Mobility Solutions and Retail division. Tech Data's Consumer Technology Sales team, formerly part of the company's Integrated Supply Chain Solutions (ISCS) division, will also move to the new Mobility Solutions and Retail division.

The changes are designed to better serve the IT distributor's vendor partners, solution providers and retail partners. The division will be led by Patrick Stokes, who has been promoted to senior vice president, Mobility Solutions and Retail.

Ingram Micro Invests in Vertical Market Strategy

Ingram Micro is making investments in key vertical markets, including education, federal, finance, health care, retail, as well as state and local government. The IT distributor also expanded its team to support the company's growing vertical markets business.

As part of these investments, Ingram Micro plans to unveil a new Healthcare community in the second quarter, as well as launch a series of education tracks and enablement resources that will build expertise and speed up time-to-market for channel partners, said the company.

To support this growth, Ingram Micro named Anthony Vottima as the new executive director and general manager of its Vertical Markets business.

In separate news, Ingram Micro announced that it has acquired ANOVO, a provider of device lifecycle services, which will strengthen its position as a global repairs and regeneration services provider. ANOVO is a European-based provider of repair and regeneration solutions for high-tech products, such as smartphones and set-top boxes for customers in Europe and Latin America.

F5 Unveils Partner Training Program

F5 Networks has launched its Guardian Fast Start partner training program. The new global channel program is focused on technical enablement and services revenue opportunities for its F5 UNITY Partners. The program provides a post-sales technical development roadmap focused on four key elements: training on F5 products and solutions, technical certification, professional shadowing and delivery.

F5 also offers incentives to increase the short-term return on investment for the time spent in training. Partners who complete the program will gain increased services revenue, higher margins, and improved customer satisfaction and engagement through selling F5's full suite of products and solutions, including post-sale professional services, said the company.

Wind River Expands Its NFV Ecosystem

In a move to accelerate service provider deployments of its network-functions virtualization (NFV) platform, Wind River has added several new members to its Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem. Through the Titanium Cloud program, partners validate and preintegrate their hardware and software offerings with Wind River Titanium Server and deliver solutions ready for deployment in live NFV networks, said the company.

Partners also provide solutions at all levels of the end-to-end architecture, including OSS/BSS, orchestration, VNFs and hardware server platforms. The latest members include Check Point Software Technologies, ConteXtream, Cyan, Intel Security, Ixia, Qosmos and Spirent. They join existing partners Artesyn, ASTRI, Brocade, Genband, HP, Kontron, Metaswitch, Nakina and Overture.

Dell Services Inks Deal With ServiceNow

Dell has signed an agreement with ServiceNow to provide its customers with enhanced IT service management (ITSM) platforms to deliver IT services more efficiently. ServiceNow extends Dell's managed service portfolio with added standardization, automation and predictive analytics. The agreement also will advance Dell's mature ITSM processes and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Management through greater operational flexibility while focusing on entitlement, mobility and multi-partner environments, said the company.

Vology Buys MSP Offsite Technology Solutions

Vology, a North American technology solutions provider, has acquired Offsite Technology Solutions of Tampa, Fla., a provider of technical IT services to businesses in west central Florida.

Offsite is a regional managed service provider (MSP) that serves the growing segment of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) looking to outsource up to 100 percent of IT network management, which enables them to focus on their core business, said the company.

AirHop Debuts New Partner Program

AirHop Communications, a provider of self-organizing network (SON) solutions for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), has launched the eSONify Partner Program, to help operators accelerate SON deployments for HetNets. The program provides partners with a process to use and test eSON features as well as resources that enable them to access a complete eSON-ready lab network.

AirHop also announced the launch of its next-generation eSON software with new dynamic SON features together with traditional SON and analytics. The new version allows service providers to coordinate traditional SON and real-time SON features in all classes of small cells and macro cells

Masergy Offers Advanced Threat Capabilities

Masergy Communications, a global provider of managed networking and cloud services, has introduced advanced threat management capabilities for its managed cloud firewall service, Intelligent Internet Management (IIM).  The new software-based sensor technology is integrated with Masergy's Unified Enterprise Security (UES) managed security service and provides customers with added protection against advanced cyber-security threats. The UES system architecture identifies advanced threats throughout customers' networks both on-premise and in the cloud.

Corporate IT Solutions Delivers New DaaS Offering

Corporate IT Solutions has announced the availability of pCloud Workspace, a new desktop-as-a-service offering. The pCloud Workspace offers a fixed fee structure, on-site hosting and management, and public and private cloud options for any size organization.

The service includes comprehensive system management and automated software upgrades. The application is hosted and managed by the company in its data centers in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. 

Gigamon, Empirix Provide Enhanced Data Filtering Capabilities for Service Providers

Gigamon, a provider of traffic visibility solutions, has teamed with Empirix to extend the analytical capabilities of the Empirix IntelliSight customer experience and performance management platform. The partnership leverages the Gigamon Visibility Fabric and the IntelliSight platform to enable Empirix service providers to improve customer experience for data-intense applications, such as video, voice and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. This real-time understanding of user experiences allows service providers to increase service levels and profitability, said the company.

Continuity Software Upgrades Risk Detection Software

Continuity Software, a provider of service availability risk management solutions, has released version 6.4 (v6.4) of its AvailabilityGuard software, providing enhanced risk detection across software-defined data centers with broader support for VMware, EMC VPLEX, VCE Vbloc, Zerto and other cloud technologies.

The new version provides insights into customers' private cloud infrastructures and an early warning system that proactively identifies and mitigates hidden data loss and downtime risks, such as single-points-of-failure across the entire infrastructure, said the company.

AVG Adds Secure Sign-On for Service Providers and SMBs

AVG Technologies has introduced AVG Business Secure Sign-On (SSO) for service providers and small businesses. Supported by technology from identity-management provider Centrify, AVG Business SSO provides AVG partners and business owners with a simple way to control company data on employees' mobile devices and cloud applications, said the company.

AVG also added several feature updates to AVG Business CloudCare. These include a new customer drop-down box that allows IT providers to adjust the settings of one or all their customers with a single click, a central view of sales alerts, support for HTML5 and simpler access to customized reporting.

Asigra Partners With UK Backup

Asigra, a cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider, is partnering with UK Backup, a U.K.-based backup solutions provider, to deliver a recovery performance-based cloud backup pricing option through G-Cloud. The benefits of the service include lower up-front and long-term costs and end-to-end protection of customer data across physical, virtual, cloud and mobile computing platforms, said the company. G-Cloud is an online marketplace where U.K. public sector bodies can review and buy IT services on the Digital Marketplace.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-04