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Microsoft To Shut Out P-Seller Partners from Corporate Network

Microsoft's exclusive P-Seller partner community in the United States on Monday received 28 days' notice that they would be shut out of the Microsoft corporate network and moved to a new area of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) portal, leading some partners to fear that many of the resources they regularly use to sell Microsoft solutions and escalate customer issues will be unavailable.

Partner Sellers, or P-Sellers, are among Microsoft's closest partners, and they help Microsoft drive significant revenue through co-selling engagements. In the United States, the invitation-only program includes 1,139 individuals from 289 managed partner organizations. Those individuals carry the P-SSP (Partner Solution Sales Professional) or P-TSP (Partner Technology Solutions Professional) designations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 22, 2017 at 9:32 AM0 comments

LabTech Founder Takes Strategy Role at eFolder

Managed services entrepreneur Matt Nachtrab says he's getting the same feeling of disruptive possibility about eFolder's backup technology that he had about remote monitoring and management (RMM) back when he started LabTech Software.

The LabTech founder, who sold that company to ConnectWise and stayed at the professional services automation (PSA) giant until the LabTech integration was completed early last year, is officially joining eFolder this week as chief strategy officer. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 21, 2017 at 9:55 AM0 comments

Veeam Hoping Cloud Backup Giveaway Amounts to Million of Dollars

In an effort to boost demand for its cloud-based backup and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) technologies, Veeam Software and participating partners are offering up to $1,000 per customer worth of cloud product usage.

Spread across the company's base of 230,000 customers, Veeam executives say, the credits could amount to up to a $200 million giveaway. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM0 comments

Rackspace Doubles Down on Microsoft Competencies

Hosting and managed cloud services provider Rackspace is doubling down on its Microsoft commitments, at least in terms of earning Microsoft competencies.

Rackspace announced Thursday that it went from five Microsoft competencies a year ago to 10 competencies now. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 16, 2017 at 10:44 AM0 comments

Tech Partnerships Bolster Nintex Workflow Cloud

During its annual customer and partner conference this week, workflow and content automation platform vendor Nintex unveiled extended relationships with six key technology partners.

"Nintex is pleased to recognize our expanded partnerships with Adobe, Box, DocuSign, Dropbox, Microsoft and Salesforce -- all technology innovators driving digital transformation," said Nintex CEO John Burton in a statement. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 15, 2017 at 2:56 PM0 comments

Struggling To Navigate IBM PartnerWorld? Turn to Watson

When it comes to partnering with a tech giant like IBM, the options and programs can be overwhelming.

Which is why it makes sense that when IBM is trying to nudge its partners into the "cognitive era," the company would turn to Watson, its question-answering computer system. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 14, 2017 at 3:58 PM0 comments

Microsoft Says Access Problems with the Partner Center Fixed

Access problems with Microsoft's online partner resources, noted by several partners Tuesday morning, have been fixed, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.

"Some partners may have experienced difficulties accessing the Microsoft Partner Center, and this has been fully resolved," the spokesperson said in an e-mail exchange. The spokesperson declined to respond to follow-up questions about what caused the problems, which Microsoft resources were affected or how long any problems lasted. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 14, 2017 at 10:53 AM0 comments

Microsoft's Smith Shines Spotlight on Cyberwar's Effect on Civilians

Brad Smith sometimes uses his perch as Microsoft president and chief legal officer to draw disparate strands of tech, security, privacy, law and international relations together to make a larger point about emerging realities in the world.

He was at it again Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, advancing a novel argument about the way cyberwar shuffles the responsibilities of nations, citizens, companies and soldiers. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 14, 2017 at 12:46 PM0 comments

Microsoft Azure Survey: Architects Are the Most Expensive Cloud Employees

Architects are the most expensive employee type for Microsoft Azure partners in most regions of the world, according to new Microsoft partner research.

Microsoft this month released details of a survey conducted in November of more than 1,100 Azure partners with active cloud practices worldwide. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM0 comments

Acronis Bundles Office 365 Backup into Acronis 12

Acronis is refreshing its comprehensive backup suite, Acronis Backup 12, with support for Microsoft Office 365 backups and some new VMware-related functionality.

The Office 365 backup is the main element of the new release and addresses a market opening that backup and recovery vendors have been scrambling over one another to fill. In fact, Acronis itself released a point solution addressing Office 365 backups in its Acronis Backup Cloud product in July as part of a cloud-first approach to product releases. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 08, 2017 at 9:57 AM0 comments

ThreatTrack Breaks Out Partner Program for VIPRE Endpoint Security

ThreatTrack Security Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a new partner program specifically for those SMB partners representing its VIPRE endpoint security product. The VIPRE Partner Program has more aggressive margins, three partner tiers and new dedicated channel employees.

The VIPRE program represents a new channel program for Clearwater, Fla.-based ThreatTrack, which previously lumped its VIPRE-selling partners within an umbrella partner program that also covers higher-end advanced threat solutions for enterprise and federal government customers, according to the company. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 08, 2017 at 12:21 PM0 comments

Google Setback Shows the Microsoft Ireland Datacenter Case May Not Be Over

Google's recent legal setback requiring the cloud giant to hand over customer e-mails stored on servers outside the United States suggests that the U.S. Department of Justice will fight a recent decision by a higher federal court in a similar case involving Microsoft and its datacenter in Ireland.

In the Microsoft case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, in New York City, in late January declined to re-hear a case in which the Appeals Court previously ruled that Microsoft did not have to turn over e-mails that the government demanded that were stored in Microsoft's datacenter facilities in Ireland. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 06, 2017 at 12:11 PM0 comments