Avnet First Distributor to Offer HP ConvergedSystem 700

By Gina Roos

Avnet to Offer HP ConvergedSystem 700

Avnet Technology Solutions has been selected as the first distributor in the United States to offer HP ConvergedSystem 700 to its solution provider partners. The product delivers a software-defined environment to help customers adopt an open hybrid model with converged infrastructure, better positioning customers to move to cloud-based models.

As part of HP's "New Style of IT" strategy, the new offering is designed to help businesses increase revenue, cut costs and reduce risks. Avnet will integrate and configure HP ConvergedSystem 700 to help solution provider partners bring the next-generation converged management offering to market quickly. The customizable HP offering is fully tested, validated and integrated, which will allow for faster delivery and implementation in customers' data centers, said Avnet.

The HP ConvergedSystem 700 incorporates converged management with automation to simplify daily tasks, mitigate project risk, reduce operational expenses, and improve efficiency and agility. Powered by HPOneView, it provides a single tool to manage the entire infrastructure, including support for workloads, such as cloud, big data, mobility, virtualization, analytics/business intelligence or database transformation, the companies said.

Partners also can leverage the Avnet Global Solutions Center to integrate and assemble the HP ConvergedSystem 700. Other services include final hardware installation, network attachment and initial virtualization and storage setup.

Ingram Micro Adds VMware to GSA Schedule

Ingram Micro has added VMware to Promark Technology's General Services Administration (GSA) schedule. (Promark is a subsidiary of Ingram Micro.) The IT distributor also introduced its Public Sector Rewards Club, which was developed with VMware.

The new program is offered at no cost to mutual Ingram Micro and VMware channel partners in the United States. Participants receive priority access to Ingram Micro's more than 140 dedicated VMware team members, business intelligence to identify new opportunities, on-site sales and technical solution workshops, free competency training vouchers, demand-generation funds, and access to Ingram Micro/Promark GSA and state contract vehicles.

TBI, Telegistics Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement

TBI, a third-party technology distributor, has signed an exclusive agreement with Teligistics, a telecommunications services sourcing firm. The agreement allows TBI to offer Teligistics lifecycle management offerings exclusively through its nationwide network of more than 2,000 independent partners that sell a range of IT, network and communications services.

The services available to TBI partners under the agreement include four enterprise models. These are Telibid, an eProcurement tool for sourcing global telecommunications services via "best-in-class" RFPs; Strategic Sourcing, contracts that cover all areas of the service provider negotiation process; Telecom Expense & Asset Management (TEAM), a Web-based portal that simplifies the service procurement, management and billing audit processes, and Enterprise Mobility Management (eMobileGistics), a dynamic tool that addresses the costs of supporting wireless and mobile employees, including device fulfillment, plan changes and trouble tickets.

Aria Systems Releases Recurring Revenue Guide

Aria Systems has launched a free guide for organizations looking to launch or expand a business with a recurring revenue model. The "No BS Guide to Recurring Revenue Success," written by billing expert Bob Harden incorporates lessons learned from actual recurring revenue implementations, programs and initiatives launched at enterprise companies.

The guide provides trade-offs and questions that should be asked before launching or expanding a recurring revenue business model. Issues covered include what business and system capabilities are needed to support the new business model, practical steps to get started and what elements are necessary for success in a recurring revenue implementation program.

Spectra Logic, Veeam Software Partner on Data Centers

Spectra Logic teamed up with Veeam Software to offer customers and partners an alternative to their backup and data protection needs. Together, the companies will provide an archival storage with backup and recovery service offering that combines Spectra Logic T-Series tape libraries, Spectra nTier Verde disk appliance and the Veeam Availability Suite v8.

The new offering "supports the 3-2-1 Backup Rule by keeping three copies of your data on two types of media and one copy offsite for disaster recovery purposes," said the companies. The offering is designed to help businesses avoid data loss by enabling recovery time and point objectives of less than 15 minutes for all data and applications and facilitating offsite data protection.

PerfectCloud, Orion SAS Ink Distribution Deal 

Orion Software & Services (SAS), a cyber-security specialist, formed a partnership with PerfectCloud, a specialist in identity and access management (IAM) and cloud storage security software, to offer a complete security suite.

Under the distribution agreement, Orion SAS will resell PerfectCloud's offerings to its customer base in the United Kingdom. Offerings include PerfectCloud's SmartSignin, which helps businesses of all sizes manage their online identities and log in automatically to multiple services, and SmartCryptor, which provides users with an extra layer of strong encryption to prepare files for secure cloud storage. As part of the launch in the U.K., the first 50 registrations for PerfectCloud's services via Orion SAS will receive a three-month free trial for the software.

Easy Solutions Signs Global Reseller Agreement With A3Sec

Security vendor Easy Solutions has signed a reseller agreement with A3Sec, a provider of security products and services in Europe and Latin America. As part of the agreement, A3Sec is authorized to resell the entire Easy Solutions' Total Fraud Protection platform, including the DetectID, DetectTA, Detect Safe Browsing and Detect Monitoring Service anti-fraud offerings.

SageNet Earns Fortinet Platinum MSSP Status

SageNet, a provider of cloud-based and CPE-based multifunction firewall offerings, has achieved the Platinum Status as a Fortinet managed security service provider (MSSP) by demonstrating proficiency in network security and completing stringent Platinum-level certification, training and audit requirements, according to SageNet. Fortinet is a worldwide provider of network security appliances.

Continuity Software Launches Infrastructure Mania Contest

Continuity Software has launched its Infrastructure Mania contest for IT professionals. The contest tests an IT professional's ability via a data center infrastructure diagram to find the (at least) 21 misconfigurations and best practices violations that would put service availability and disaster recoverability at risk.  The IT professional that correctly identifies the most risks or violations will be awarded an Apple iPad Air 2. Entry deadline is Dec. 21, 2014.

This article was originally published on 2014-12-03