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StrataCloud Aims to Make Converged Infrastructure Configuration Easy for VARs

3 hours 33 min ago

Converged infrastructure (CI) systems, which combine compute, storage and networking functions for greater efficiency, scalability and flexibility in the data center, are exploding in popularity in the data center. Some estimates project that the CI market will grow to a $33 billion opportunity by 2019.

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Distribution Watch: Synnex, Arrow Electronics, D&H Distributing

3 hours 38 min ago

Howdy folks, and welcome to Distribution Watch. This week we wrangled up the latest news from Synnex (SNX), Arrow Electronics (ARW) and D&H Distributing for your reading pleasure.

Synnex:

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Westcon-Comstor Names Ken Bast as Global Channel Chief

5 hours 38 min ago

Westcon-Comstor has named Ken Bast as its latest global channel chief, responsible for helping the company to bring its portfolio of security, collaboration, cloud and data center services to new customers.

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Are APIs Code, and Does It Matter? What the Google-Oracle Case Misses

6 hours 8 min ago

The legal battle between Oracle and Google over Java and Android code could have huge ramifications for open source software. But the biggest lesson it highlights is the inexorable difficulty of defining what code actually is -- and what it is not.

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Nine Hybrid Cloud Security Threats to Avoid

Mon, 2016-05-23 17:45
As adoption rates of hybrid cloud deployments increase, IT administrators should take care to avoid these security pitfalls.

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Lenovo Ups the Ante on SAP Partnership

Mon, 2016-05-23 15:20

Lenovo is wasting no time on furthering its budding relationship with SAP following the recent announcement of several new solutions for the SAP HANA platform, including data warehousing and expanded memory capabilities.

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Avaya Sale Rumors Spark Questions About Company Future

Mon, 2016-05-23 14:00

Reuters first reported talks of a potential sale of Avaya last week, following alleged talks between the company’s current owners, Silver Lake Partners and TPG Capital LP. Although Reuter’s sources refused to be identified by name, they said the two companies valued Avaya between $6 billion and $10 billion.

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F12 Acquires XCEL, Strengthens Offerings for Canadian Customers

Mon, 2016-05-23 12:08

Edmonton, Calgary-based IT service provider F12.Net Inc. has acquired managed services provider (MSP) XCEL Professional Services, Inc. The deal will expand F12’s presence in the Alberta and Calgary markets, as well as bringing XCEL’s cloud-based password and identity management innovator, Passportal, into the F12 portfolio.

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Tech Data Debuts Security and Information Management Business Unit

Mon, 2016-05-23 11:28

Tech Data (TECD) is expanding its list of available services with the launch of the Security and Information Management business unit, the distributor announced on Monday.

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Meet the Chiefs: Alvin DaCosta, Nimble Storage

Mon, 2016-05-23 11:00

This week, we sat down with Alvin DaCosta, the senior director of Field and Channel Marketing at Nimble Storage

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Salesforce Surges as Big Money Deals Help Drive Sales Growth

Mon, 2016-05-23 09:55
By Brian Womack | Bloomberg

Salesforce.com Inc. is targeting the biggest of customers to get big itself.

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Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers

Mon, 2016-05-23 09:40
The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week.

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Channel Surfing with Kris & Mike – May 20, 2016

Fri, 2016-05-20 17:00
Every Friday, The VAR Guy Editor-in-Chief Kris Blackmon and Associate Editor Michael Cusanelli point their snark cannons squarely at the channel in an roundup of the week's news they didn't get to write.

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Strategic Channel Alliance: An Emerging Partnership Type in the Channel

Fri, 2016-05-20 14:45

As channel partnerships continue to deepen and evolve, we see the continuum of partnership types expand. Years ago we could clearly delineate a channel partner from a strategic alliance. Today, those lines are blurring. Datapipe and Equinix represent a classic example of this.

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Security Central: Google Chrome Benches Flash, Political Arena Battles Cyber Security Woes

Fri, 2016-05-20 12:15
By Gretha Loubser

Let's start this week on a positive note with an important update from Google: Adobe Flash Player is losing its default status on Google Chrome. A recently published proposal reveals that HTML5 will replace Flash Player as the default experience on the browser, although users will still be able to activate Flash for specific sites as needed.

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5 Products That Are Good for the Channel, Week of May 20

Fri, 2016-05-20 11:45
This week we're featuring new product and solutions from SnapLogic, Dell, Intel and more.

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Avnet Co-Founds Innovation Lab at Arizona State University

Fri, 2016-05-20 10:15

Avnet (AVT) is looking to drive technological innovation in its home state of Arizona with the creation of the Avnet Innovation Lab, a new program designed to provide engineers with the financial and consultation they need to develop new technology.

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Google’s Android and Chrome Operating Systems Get Closer

Fri, 2016-05-20 09:32
By Alistair Barr | Bloomberg

Google said its Android mobile app store will run on the Internet giant’s Chrome OS for personal computers, the latest sign of the two operating systems slowly converging.

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MSP Best Practices to Protect Clients from Ransomware

Fri, 2016-05-20 09:05
Ransomware attacks can have a devastating effect on your clients, so it’s vital that you understand this threat, explain it to customers, and introduce them to the technologies and policies that can stop it. To help, we’ve listed the key best practices MSPs should follow to protect clients against ransomware.

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Welcome to the 2016 MSP 501

Thu, 2016-05-19 16:07

After months of research, data collection and analysis, MSPmentor is proud to offer the latest iteration of our annual ranking, which has roots dating to 2007.

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