The NSA Takes Center Stage on a Microsoft Patch

The U.S. National Security Agency discovered, reported and was publicly credited by Microsoft for a significant vulnerability that is included in the first Patch Tuesday release of the year.

The NSA's public cooperation with Microsoft in defending users of the operating system marks a change from the agency's well-documented past practice of quietly collecting and weaponizing serious OS flaws that are discovered by its researchers. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 14, 2020 at 9:39 AM0 comments


Feds Warn of Potential Iranian Cyberattacks

The U.S. agency in charge of cybersecurity is urging organizations in the United States to prepare for potential attacks from Iran in response to the American drone killing of General Qassim Suleimani.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued its warning, "Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad," on Monday afternoon. CISA is a federal agency created in 2018 to coordinate with other government entities and the private sector on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

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Posted by Scott Bekker on January 06, 2020 at 11:20 AM0 comments


Top 5 Microsoft Partner Stories of 2019

This year was as eventful for Microsoft partners as any in this decade.

As the year draws to a close, here's a look at some of the biggest stories that happened in 2019. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 31, 2019 at 11:17 AM0 comments


Microsoft Gives Wunderlist an End Date

Microsoft set an official date for shutting down Wunderlist -- May 6, 2020.

The announcement presumably brings to a close the drama surrounding the task list app and service, which Microsoft acquired in 2015. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 10, 2019 at 10:51 AM0 comments


Amazon Formally Challenges Microsoft's JEDI Contract Win

The other shoe has officially dropped in the JEDI cloud contract dispute.

After signaling last month that it would challenge the U.S. Department of Defense's process for awarding the massive contract to Microsoft, Amazon formally filed suit on Monday. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 10, 2019 at 10:05 AM0 comments


Microsoft Launches First Rev of Azure Cost Management for Partners (with a Caveat)

Sticker shock is one of the main customer objections to signing up for Microsoft Azure services. The flexibility of the cloud service makes Azure highly scalable but can lead to highly, er, scalable bills, as well.

While Microsoft has been pushing partners hard to sell Azure services to their customers for years, the company is finally also beginning to deliver the specialized tools that partners need to manage those costs across and on behalf of their customers. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 03, 2019 at 11:07 AM0 comments


Seismic Week in Acquisitions: Tech Data, Docker Enterprise, Carbonite

It has been a huge week for acquisitions in tech, with announcements of definitive agreements for Tech Data Corp. to go private, Mirantis to pick up Docker's Enterprise Platform business and OpenText to buy Carbonite Inc.

The deal impacting the most channel companies is Tech Data. Loosely speaking, Apollo Global Management Inc. is buying Tech Data for $5.4 billion, a 24.5 percent premium to Tech Data's share price as of mid-October. Technically, the acquisition is being engineered by "an affiliate of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo." More

Posted by Scott Bekker on November 14, 2019 at 12:05 PM0 comments


ConnectWise-Continuum: Big Merger, Modest Ripple in the MSP Tools Market

There was a gigantic deal in the managed service provider (MSP) tools market this week that changes, well, not that much in the short run.

ConnectWise is acquiring Continuum. Both are major players in the MSP market. ConnectWise has a long legacy in the professional services automation end of the space, which it has been increasingly building into a full-stack MSP solution that includes remote monitoring and management (RMM), quote tools and various other business and technology pieces. Continuum is a younger company, born out of a partial Zenith Infotech acquisition, that focused heavily on providing turnkey MSP technology tools and operations center-provided services to MSPs with fewer technicians on staff. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 31, 2019 at 11:31 AM0 comments


Microsoft Builds Partner Enhancements into IoT Central

Microsoft's Internet of Things (IoT) platform for solution-building partners, known as Azure IoT Central, is being overhauled with a number of major feature updates intended primarily for OEMs, independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs).

The company released details of the IoT Central changes on Monday as part of a raft of IoT announcements timed to coincide with the IoT Solutions World Congress taking place this week in Barcelona. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 28, 2019 at 12:48 PM0 comments


How Permanent Is Microsoft's Shocking JEDI Win?

The conventional wisdom was that the massive Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract was Amazon Web Services' to lose.

Then Microsoft was named on Friday as the winner of the contract to be the sole cloud contractor for the Pentagon -- a deal valued at up to $10 billion over 10 years if all the options are exercised. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 28, 2019 at 3:34 PM0 comments


Intelligent Cloud Stands Out in Microsoft Q1 Results

Of Microsoft's three main business units, Intelligent Cloud accounted for slightly less revenue than either of the other two units, but still generated some of the most interesting activity this quarter.

Microsoft on Wednesday reported results for the first quarter (July-September) of its fiscal 2020. The company beat Wall Street expectations on both earnings and revenues, although the stock barely moved. Compared to the year-ago quarter, revenues were up 14% to $33 billion and earnings per share were up 21% to $1.38. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 23, 2019 at 6:16 PM0 comments


SherWeb Urges Partners To Focus on Security in 2020

SherWeb is urging its partners to go after the managed security services opportunity aggressively in 2020.

The Sherbrooke, Quebec-based cloud distributor, one of the indirect providers in Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, held its annual partner conference late last week in Montreal. SherWeb has thousands of partners who resell Microsoft and other cloud services through SherWeb as part of their primarily SMB-focused managed service provider (MSP) practices. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM0 comments


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