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Trusted Advisors: Partners for Success

Fri, 2016-06-24 10:11
Brought to you by The WHIR

The notion that CEOs and Executives are the sole visionaries who can lead and drive a company to success with no outside help is long gone. Leaders who leverage outside help go farther faster and research shows they are significantly more successful in both the short and long term.

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Channel Surfing with Kris & Mike – June 24, 2016

Fri, 2016-06-24 10:00

This week, Kris Blackmon and Michael Cusanelli share their thoughts on new FAA drone rules, Sean Parker's quest to cure cancer and more.

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Security Central: Microsoft Catches and Patches Security Bug, Hacker Ends Virtual Currency Project Journey – June 24, 2016

Fri, 2016-06-24 09:41
Allison Francis This week in Security Central, The VAR Guy goes inside Microsoft’s just-discovered but decades-old security “BadTunnel” bug, and explores the world of cryptocurrencies and the Decentralized Autonomous Organization hacking.

A crucial catch by a researcher in China this week may have saved Microsoft from a potential massive security breach. Yang Yu, director of Xuanwu Lab of Tencent in Beijing, discovered an error in the security design that affects all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, a potentially disastrous flaw that has gone undetected for the past 20 years. To give you an idea how far back that is, think Windows 95.

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Twilio IPO Exceeds Expectations

Thu, 2016-06-23 12:00

Twilio (TWLO), the cloud communications startup that is one of the few tech companies taking the IPO plunge so far this year, set its initial price at a whopping $150 million. The company reported on Wednesday that it sold 10 million shares for $15 apiece, higher than the $12 to $14 range it had marketed to investors.

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MSPs Still Not Scaling their Businesses

Thu, 2016-06-23 09:12

From working with MSPs for several years, I have learned that most businesses start with an inner desire to change the world of IT. Sometimes it’s a couple of tech-savvy friends teaming up and offering their services. In other cases, an MSP is born out of internal layoffs: The CIO tells the IT admin that they can no longer afford to keep him on in a full-time role. The MSP starts out with the owner’s old company as its first client.

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Channel Partner Roundup: Telin Systems, MapR Technologies, Jazz

Thu, 2016-06-23 09:00

This week we're featuring the latest news from Telin Systems, MapR Technologies and Jazz.

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MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics

Thu, 2016-06-23 09:00
Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform. MapR, whose data processing and analytics technology is built on top of open source solutions that include Hadoop and Spark, already has a sizable channel presence. The new offering, which MapR announced Thursday, extends it further.

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Tech Talk: The Future of The Channel is Awesome

Wed, 2016-06-22 13:00

Today is my last day as the Associate Editor at the VAR Guy, which is definitely a bittersweet moment for me. But at the same time, I can’t help but be excited not just for myself, but for the future of the IT channel as a whole. After all, what’s not to be excited about?

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6 Things We Learned From Dell Channel Chief Cheryl Cook

Wed, 2016-06-22 12:12

As usual, The VAR Guy caught up with Dell channel chief Cheryl Cook to take a peek at the company’s Q1 2016 stats and see what progress the company has made in regard to its channel partner programs and incentives. Here are the top six things we took away from our latest conversation.

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Heard Around the Web: DattoCon '16

Wed, 2016-06-22 10:57
The VAR Guy didn't get make it to DattoCon this year, but we're with them in spirit! Here's the news coming out of Datto's annual conference in New Orleans.

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Fedora 24 Debuts with Red Hat OpenShift Origin for Easier Containers

Wed, 2016-06-22 09:00
Red Hat (RHT) is pushing its container software stack hard in Fedora 24, the latest version of the open source, Linux-based OS that the company uses as a proving ground for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

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DaaS to WaaS and the Numbers Behind the Adoption

Tue, 2016-06-21 13:45
Jim Lippie Brought to you by The WHIR

An industry that started with the moniker Desktop as a Service (DaaS), that many now call itself Workspace as a Service (WaaS), has become commonplace in the world of IT management. But, what’s with the different names and how many inroads has the technology really made?

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Distribution Watch: Avnet, Tech Data, Cloud Harmonics and Pax8

Tue, 2016-06-21 13:00

Welcome back to Distribution Watch, where we bring you highlights from distributors over the last week. Today we rounded up news from Avnet (AVT), Tech Data (TECD), Cloud Harmonics and Pax8.

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Amazon Web Services Launches Partner Competencies For Sensitive Government Data

Tue, 2016-06-21 11:10
Aldrin Brown Brought to you by MSPmentor

Amazon Web Services today unveiled new competencies for partners that demonstrate proficiency working with civilian and military agencies, and managing government workloads in the AWS GovCloud.

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Veeam Debuts Alliance Program for Technology Partners

Tue, 2016-06-21 10:45

Veeam has created a framework to enable technology partners to move up the ranks of its ecosystem with the recent launch of the company’s Alliance Partner Program.

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Power and Cooling Managed Services Best Sold as Part of a Package

Tue, 2016-06-21 10:36
From a technical standpoint, adding APC by Schneider Electric power and cooling managed services to your offerings is a straightforward process. That’s because we’ve integrated with remote management and monitoring (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) vendors to add plugins to their platforms for our service.

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Docker 1.12 Orchestration Features Mean Fewer Channel Partner Options

Tue, 2016-06-21 09:00
Docker's partner relationships are likely to change following the announcement this week of Docker Engine 1.12, which builds more orchestration features into the core Docker container platform.

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Awareness and Best Practices on Security and Ramsomware Prevention

Mon, 2016-06-20 19:21
In this FastChat, sponsored by Carbonite, Chris Doggett, Senior VP of Global Sales sits down with Penton Technology Contributing Editor Ryan Morris to discuss the state of Ransomware, vulnerabilities in IT infrastructure, and how to prevent Ransomware from infiltrating your company.

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Dell Sells Software Unit to Francisco Partners, Elliott

Mon, 2016-06-20 17:00
Selina Wang and Beth Jinks | Bloomberg

Dell Inc. agreed to sell its software unit to buyout firm Francisco Partners Management LLC and the new private equity arm of hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., streamlining the company ahead of its planned merger with EMC Corp.

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Meet the Chiefs: Charles Bass, Tegile Systems

Mon, 2016-06-20 14:30
This week we sat down with Charles Bass, vice president of channel sales at Tegile Systems, a high-growth storage startup.

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