News Briefs

AVG announces first stage of remote management integration with Level Platforms Managed WorkPlace

Luke Walling AVG’s Vice President of SMB Sales and Operations for North America AVG has announced the availability of the first AVG CloudCare service module integrated within AVG Managed WorkPlace since AVG acquired the business of LPI Level Platforms on June 28. It represents a substantial upgrade over the original AVG CloudCare Remote IT remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. And ... Read More »

New Websense channel chief outlines plans to transition, enhance partners

Shawn Pearson Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales Websense Security vendor Websense was a fairly late newcomer to the channel. But in the second half of the last decade it aggressively expanded its channel presence and programs. Now the company is transitioning its channel model to better fit the requirements of its TRITON unified security architecture, that is at the core ... Read More »

Brocade names new channel chief, pledges continuity and fine-tuning

Bill Lipsin Vice President of Worldwide Channel and Global Systems Integrator Sales Brocade Brocade has announced the appointment of Bill Lipsin to the position of Vice President of Worldwide Channel and Global Systems Integrator Sales. He will report directly to Brocade’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Jeff Lindholm. Regan McGrath, Lipsin’s predecessor as worldwide channel chief, has been shifted ... Read More »

Tech Data adds MessageOps’ 365 Command to TD Cloud offerings

Bharath Natarajan Director, Product Marketing, TDCloud and Software Services Tech Data Tech Data has announced a new partnership with MessageOps through which MessageOps’ hosted tool for management of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions, 365 Command, will be available through the TDCloud business unit. “This is a very popular tool, and is seen as the de facto leader in Office 365 management,” said Bharath Natarajan, director, Product ... Read More »

EMC unveils next-gen VNX systems

Michael Kerr, director of channels for EMC Canada EMC has made a series of major announcements which not only announce new products, but significant new technological advancements which underlay them. And for the channel, the real heart of the announcement is the launch of a completely new range of midrange-focused VNX unified storage systems that represent a quantum technology leap over ... Read More »

EMC unveils next-gen VNX systems

Michael Kerr, director of channels for EMC Canada EMC has made a series of major announcements which not only announce new products, but significant new technological advancements which underlay them. And for the channel, the real heart of the announcement is the launch of a completely new range of midrange-focused VNX unified storage systems that represent a quantum technology leap over ... Read More »

Microsoft doubles down on smartphones with Nokia smartphone acquisition

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO Microsoft  has announced it will spend nearly $7.2 billion U.S. to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and obtain a license of Nokia’s patents, which Nokia retains. The transaction, which Microsoft says will be funded by overseas cash resources, so as not to impact on dividends, should close in the first quarter of 2014, subject ... Read More »

Dell formally announces software PartnerDirect competencies

Marvin Blough, Executive Director of Worldwide Channels and Alliances Dell Software It’s not exactly breaking news – Dell has made this next step in its software strategy publicly known for months. But today, Dell is officially announcing the expansion of its PartnerDirect program to include software. It is also announcing four new competencies within PartnerDirect. And it is also announcing a ... Read More »

Nimble Storage signs first North American distribution agreement with Avnet

Kristin Carnes, Director of Worldwide Channel Sales at Nimble Storage. San Jose-based  Nimble Storage, which makes flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions, has announced its first North American distribution agreement, with Avnet Technology Solutions. The deal will see  Nimble’s SmartStack converged infrastructure solutions made available to Avnet solution providers in the U.S. and Canada. The two companies are also discussing possible distribution of ... Read More »

New Ultrabook series highlights major Dell commercial notebook refresh

The new Dell Latitude 7000 series Ultrabook Dell has announced revisions and additions to its Latitude commercial PC lineup. They include a new Ultrabook line, the Latitude 7000 series, and refreshes of two other lines, the Latitude 5000 and Latitude 3000 series. The Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks come in 12 and 14 inch models, and weigh 1.3 kilograms (2.99 pounds). ... Read More »