Monthly Archives: juni 2014

Asigra Delivers Software-Defined Data Protection

28 juni 2014

Asigra is offering software-defined data protection as a free download—in a move to help channel partners reduce cloud backup storage costs and deployment time.

Looking to help channel partners reduce cloud backup storage costs and deployment time, Asigra released its Software-Defined Data Protection (SDDP) technology.

The new offering uses commoditized infrastructure and vendor-agnostic technologies to provide scalable and lower-cost cloud backup storage for channel partners. The approach is an alternative to expensive monolithic systems and is expected to speed deployment of cloud-ready storage for service providers.

A key challenge cloud service providers face is the need to buy, manage and maintain more backup storage capacity as data volumes continue to increase.

The Asigra SDDP architecture—incorporating the Asigra software, operating system, file system, virtualization, database, monitoring and integration layers—is focused on engineering cost reduction for storage system complexities related to backup and recovery. This includes the problems of integration, troubleshooting, fixes, patches, installation setup time and the requirements for a highly skilled staff.

“We wanted to solve the problem in the data protection and recovery vertical specifically so we created a software-defined approach,” said Eran Farajun, executive vice president at Asigra. “Most of the partners use traditional monolithic disk arrays from the usual suspects, including EMC, HP and Netapp, Hitachi, and Dell.”

SDDP shifts control of the backup environment from hardware to software to remove physical cost limitations, said Asigra. Cost-savings benefits include reduced backup vault integration time from up to four days to one hour, faster time to market with auto-configuration and deployment, single-pane-of-glass management and redundant architecture for high availability.

The Asigra SDDP can be installed on commoditized hardware, an existing virtual farm (by allocating one virtual machine for the installation) or in a third-party cloud. Asigra provides full support for the backup software stack.

The company estimates the SDDP platform, when installed on commoditized servers and

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Channel News Briefs: Week of June 22

25 juni 2014

This week’s briefs cover Trend Micro’s new global partner program, AppNeta’s Application Performance Management partner program for MSPs and more news.

Trend Micro Rolls Out Global Partner Program

Trend Micro, a security software provider, has launched its global partner program, combining the best features of its regional and North American partner programs. The rollout of the Trend Micro Partner Program will be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

As part of the revamp, the education program has been simplified and provides two levels of training and certification. The Trend Micro Partner Portal has also been refreshed with new sales and marketing tools. Other updates include clearly defined partner segmentation, an enhanced compensation structure, and a referral partner program targeting “born-in-the-cloud” technology service providers and other trusted advisors.

IndependenceIT Integrates Cloud Workspace Suite on Google Compute Engine

IndependenceIT has integrated its Cloud Workspace Suite, a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) software platform, with Google Compute Engine infrastructure services. With the Google-enabled Cloud Workspace Suite (CWS), IT service providers will no longer require an experienced IT support team to deploy virtual desktop service/DaaS to deliver any time, anywhere application access for business customers, said the company.

CWS capabilities include a complete cloud workspace delivery such as desktops, applications, back office systems and directory/user management. The automated IndependenceIT solution deployed on Google’s cloud computing infrastructure is said to give service providers a more attractive price point than comparable DaaS platforms. Part of the reason is Google’s plan to reduce cloud infrastructure costs.

AppNeta Launches Partner Program for MSPs

AppNeta launched an Application Performance Management (APM) Partner Program targeting the managed service provider (MSP) market. AppNeta said it is the only vendor to offer full-stack APM in a software-as-a service (SaaS) offering, from the application through the network, and all the way to the end-user. 

N-able by SolarWinds, a global provider

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Mobile Computing Reaches Critical Mass in the Workplace

25 juni 2014

As mobile computing becomes a mainstream part of business culture, IT spending on related projects has increased dramatically, according to the findings of a global survey conducted by Aruba Networks of 964 IT professionals. Mobile computing clearly has a role, not just for remote workers, but also in the traditional workplace. That means that for solution providers in the channel, the mobile computing opportunity now goes well beyond the device, given that spending on both WiFi networks and security have gone way up. The survey also makes it apparent that with everyone inside and out of IT recognizing the business value of mobile computing, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is here to stay, and businesses are increasingly aware of its benefits and its challenges. While the channel has always found it challenging to be an innate part of the mobile-computing device purchasing process, enough critical mass has been attained that the downstream opportunities mobile computing creates for the channel are too compelling to ignore. Here’s a look at key takeaways from the study.

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ESET Goes on Offensive to Gain Share in Antivirus Space

23 juni 2014

When it comes to antivirus software, competition has never been fiercer. At a time when many are questioning the value of AV software, smaller vendors are becoming more aggressive in their efforts to encroach on the turf of companies such as Symantec and the McAfee unit of the Intel that have dominated the space for years.

Case in point is ESET, a provider of AV software that just signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro. While ESET has sold through the channel for years, it has never sold through distribution. Bill Mylchreest, ESET channel manager for strategic accounts, said it is a time when more end customers than ever are reconsidering their AV options.

Driving much of the dissatisfaction at the customer level is the significant frustration with signature-based approaches to AV. By the time many security vendors first identify a threat and then develop a signature that enables AV software to combat that threat, a massive amount of potential damage can be done. While ESET incorporates signatures, Mylchreest said its primary differentiation comes in the form of a heuristics engine that identifies threats based on anomalies in how a particular piece of code is behaving.

Mylchreest said that in addition to sensing a demand for change in the marketplace, ESET sees Ingram Micro as a means to increase the number of partners selling not just its AV software, but also a variety of other security products that make up an expanding ESET portfolio.

At a time when many AV products are free, that expanded portfolio is likely to prove critical for the channel. While many organizations still see value in paying for AV software, the amount of money they are willing to part with is not as great as it once was. As such, if solution providers in the channel

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Red Hat koopt eNovance voor OpenStack

19 juni 2014

Open source-leverancier Red Hat neemt leverancier van open source-clouddiensten eNovance over. Via de overname vergroot Red Hat de technische kennis en het aanbod van OpenStack-clouddiensten. Red Hat lijft eNovance in om tegemoed te komen aan de groeiende vraag naar adviesdiensten, ontwerp en de implementatie van clouddiensten op basis van open source-technologie. Red Hat telt voor de overname vijftig miljoen euro in contanten plus twintig miljoen euro in aandelen neer.

Door de overname van eNovance breidt Red Hat de mogelijkheden uit om clouddienstverleners en bedrijven te ondersteunen in het opzetten van grote OpenStack-clouds. eNovance is in 2008 opgericht door Raphaël Ferreira, Nicolas Marchal en Pierre Molin. Het bedrijf helpt service providers en grote zelfstandige organisaties bij het ontwerp en de implementatie van cloudinfrastructuren. Daarnaast helpt het bedrijf organisaties bij het beheren van webapplicaties op publieke clouds.

Red Hat licht in een bericht over de overname toe: ‘eNovance bevindt zich net als ons in de voorhoede van de OpenStack-community. Het bedrijf behoort tot de top-tien van bedrijven die bijdragen aan het OpenStack-project en het is het enige Europese Gold Member-bedrijf van de OpenStack Foundation. eNovance heeft meer dan 150 klanten wereldwijd, waaronder Alcatel-Lucent, AXA, Cisco, Cloudwatt en Ericsson. Het bedrijf heeft kantoren in Parijs, Montreal en Bangalore.

De eerste samenwerking tussen Red Hat en eNovance stamt uit 2013 waarbij ze gezamenlijke klanten implementatie- en integratiediensten voor OpenStack leverden om zo de adoptie van Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform te stimuleren. In mei 2014 kondigden de twee bedrijven een uitgebreide samenwerking aan om Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) en telecommunicatie-innovaties voor OpenStack te stimuleren.

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Channel News Briefs: Week of June 15

18 juni 2014

This week’s briefs cover the FalconStor and Acolyst federal partner program, DLT’s new cloud computing initiative and more news.

FalconStor, Acolyst Launch Federal Partner Program

Acolyst, the newly appointed federal distributor of global data storage provider FalconStor Software, has launched the Acolyst/FalconStor Federal Partner Program. Under the agreement, Acolyst will manage the program and recruit a limited number of solution providers.

Partners and solution providers who are selected to participate in the program will have access to FalconStor’s products and solutions and Acolyst’s support for new business opportunities. Partners will receive support in marketing, proposal writing, joint trade shows, events, training, as well as technical and contract support. 

DLT Initiative Aims to Simplify Public-Sector Access to Cloud

DLT Solutions, a VAR focusing on government IT software and services, has released the DLT Cloud Navigator, designed to simplify access to cloud computing products, services, contracts, tools and expertise for public-sector customers. The DLT Cloud Navigator combines offerings from cloud vendors, architectural and managed services, procurement through a variety of different contracts, pay-as-you-go billing, account management and back-office support.

The new initiative takes the expertise built by the DLT Cloud Advisory Group, formed in 2011, to help public-sector customers better understand cloud computing, even further by offering cloud procurement expertise, professional service capabilities and back-office support under one roof.

CompTIA Unveils Mobile-Optimized Website

CompTIA has launched a mobile-optimized Website,, that offers content, connections and credentials to help IT channel professionals and businesses grow. The site is open to visitors, registered users and CompTIA premier members. It has been revamped to support the IT industry association’s new open-access model for IT channel business tools, insights and training. The redesign includes simpler navigation with fewer menus, a new download interface, and an improved search engine that leverages a Google Search Appliance.

Trend Micro Enhances Security for VMware vCloud

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As MDM Gains Ground, Security Remains Paramount

18 juni 2014

As business use of smartphones and tablets escalates, demand for mobile-device management (MDM) continues to gain momentum. Internal IT organizations are increasingly gaining control over their mobile computing environments, according to data collected from 15,000 mobile applications tracked by the Fiberlink unit of IBM over 14 months. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the organizations studied have 25 or more mobile applications under management; they consist of a healthy mix of publicly available and custom apps. As a result, the next big mobile opportunity for the channel could be in the realm of security for solution providers. Security concerns include challenges with remote removal of apps when a device is misplaced, stolen or an employee leaves, and organizations’ dependence on legacy approaches to VPNs. Perhaps, most surprising of all, is the fact that Apple clearly dominates when it comes to platforms, but the most popular browser on mobile computing devices is Google Chrome. Channel Insider looks at the study findings.

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Mobile Apps Raise Issues of Data Collection, Monetization

17 juni 2014

There are growing concerns over what is being done with the user information collected and where the line should be drawn, a Gartner report found.

By 2015, most mobile apps will sync, collect and analyze deep data about users and their social graphs, but most IT leaders will fail to consider the impact mobile apps have on their information infrastructure, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner.

Data from mobile apps, whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud, is not currently managed as part of an organization’s information infrastructure, and data collected from mobile apps is often siloed.

The report noted using integration-platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities for cloud service integration can complement existing data integration strategies by moving data from the cloud to the premises, or from cloud to cloud as needed.

There are also growing concerns over what is being done with the user information collected and where the line should be drawn.

Some use-location data offer contextually relevant information, and some also collect other information about their users — such as gender and age group — to further refine the interaction.

“IT leaders should ensure they have infrastructure in place that takes into account data collected, not only via mobile apps, but also from apps running on wearable devices,” Roxane Edjlali, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.

With wearable devices expected to drive half of total app interactions, including desktop-based app interactions and mobile apps, with mobile apps making up the majority of these interactions, the line between acceptable and unacceptable use of user data is thinning.

“Personal data is often collected solely in support of a mobile app’s requirements and not considered an asset within an organization’s overall information infrastructure,” Edjlali said. “Consequently, although this data is accessed and potentially stored in support of an app, it is not managed as a

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Data Analytics, Cloud and Mobile to Boost Tech Vendor Sales

13 juni 2014

Today’s technology disrupters are turning out to be far more than mere buzzwords. Cloud and mobile revenues are outpacing expectations, and data and analytics are predicted to continue to pick up steam in the next two years, according to technology executives surveyed for KPMG’s June 2014 Technology Industry Outlook. Nearly all vendors surveyed foresee revenue increases, and many will step up their mergers and acquisitions plans to access new technologies and expand their customer base, the study findings revealed. “Reflecting the critical importance of positioning their companies for the next wave of emerging technologies, tech leaders cited competitive differentiation and anticipating customer ‘wants’ as leading innovation drivers,” the report said. Additionally, “the tech sector’s emphasis is shifting to helping customers apply growing volumes of data, sensor connectivity and predictive analytics to create new business models in consumer and enterprise markets.” A total of 100 tech industry executives, primarily C-suite and senior leadership, took part in the KPMG study. Take a look at key findings.

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Vier misvattingen over het mainframe

13 juni 2014

Het mainframe bestaat vijftig jaar en wordt nog steeds volop gebruikt door bedrijven wereldwijd waaronder banken en retailers. De kans is groot dat veel mensen dagelijks, ongemerkt, gebruikmaken van het mainframe door bijvoorbeeld geld op te nemen of de creditcard te gebruiken. De vijftigjarige kampt echter met enkele hardnekkige misvattingen als hoge kosten en problemen met achterhaalde applicaties. Hoog tijd om deze misvattingen uit de weg te ruimen en de kracht van het mainframe te laten zien.

Misvatting 1:Het mainframe is ouderwets

Snelle technologische ontwikkelingen verplichten organisaties te innoveren om competitief te blijven. Daarin is het mainframe volgens sommige organisaties een obstakel voor innovatie, omdat het te oubollig zou zijn. En dat terwijl net als bij auto’s, die een goede honderd jaar bestaan, zijn de exemplaren van vijftig jaar geleden niet te vergelijken met die van nu.

Inmiddels bestaan er twintig generaties mainframes, waarbij elke generatie betrouwbaarder is dan de voorgaande. Zo zijn verschillende eigenschappen ontwikkeld die bij vele andere systemen missen. Eigenschappen zoals fouttolerantie en zelfherstellende mogelijkheden. Maar ook het snel en eenvoudig uitvoeren van onderhoud door de mogelijkheid om partities te maken, zijn gevolgen van de vijftig jaar lange ontwikkeling. Het mainframe is daardoor bij uitstek geschikt om een rol te spelen in de initiatieven die nu sterk in de schijnwerpers staan, zoals Linux, cloud, big data en analytics, mobile en security.

Misvatting 2:Het mainframe draait met achterhaalde applicaties

Applicaties en gegevens staan tegenwoordig steeds vaker in de cloud. Mainframes zijn op dit gebied enorm vooruitstrevend en kunnen beschouwd worden als private clouds. Concepten als infrastructure as a service, platform as a service of software as a service zijn geen onbekende en stabiliteit en betrouwbaarheid van het mainframe is hierbij de enorme kracht. Maar stabiliteit en betrouwbaarheid betekent niet dat het

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