Michael Cusanelli

Associate Editor,
The VAR Guy
8X8, RingCentral Leaders in UCaaS Market

Unified communications (UC) providers 8x8 and RingCentral are the two companies dominating the UC-as-a-service (USaaS) market in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new study by Synergy Research Group. 8x8 and RingCentral each own a market share of just under 13 percent, cementing them as the twin 800-pound gorillas in the UCaaS market.

ADTRAN ProCloud Aims to Help VARs Become MSPs 

ADTRAN (ADTN) is helping its resellers become managed services providers through a new managed Wi-Fi offering. ProCloud, ADTRAN's managed Wi-Fi platform, is billed as a way for VARs to transition to managed service providers by utilizing the company's turnkey model.

Distribution Watch: Accu-Tech, Synnex, Tech Data

Hello there, and thanks for stopping by Distribution Watch. This week we’ve got exciting updates from Accu-Tech, Synnex (SNX) and Tech Data (TECD). Let’s get started.

MacStadium Releases VMware-Powered Mac Hosting, Cloud Service

Mac hosting, cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service provider MacStadium has launched its Enterprise Solutions Suite, a VMware (VMW)-powered dedicated Mac server hosting and managed cloud service offering.

Meet the Chiefs: Theresa Caragol, Extreme Networks

Theresa Caragol is the vice president of Worldwide Channels for Extreme Networks, a company that specializes in wired and wireless LAN network solutions. In her current role, Caragol is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of Extreme's worldwide channels, which includes 1,500 partners spanning more than 50 countries.

Channel Partner Program Roundup: Insight, Consuro, Tools4Ever

It’s Thursday, and that means we’ve compiled some of the best channel partner stories for you in one convenient place in the one and only Channel Partner Program Roundup. This week, we’ll delve into the latest updates from our friends at Insight (NSIT), Consuro Managed Technology and Tools4Ever.

SUSE Throws Support Behind SAP Startup Focus Program

SUSE announced its support of SAP Startup Focus, a global program designed to help big data, predictive and real-time analytics startups to develop new applications using the SAP HANA platform.

Centrify: One Third of Americans Victims of Identity Theft

About one out of every three Americans has likely been the victim of identity theft, according to a recent study from Centrify, a unified identity management solution provider.

Verizon Launches Cloud Marketplace

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has announced the launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace, the company’s online storefront for cloud-based services. As of the launch, the Cloud Marketplace features pre-built cloud services from several partner companies, including AppDynamics, Hitachi Data Systems, Juniper Networks (JNPR), pfSense and Tervela.

Nexenta Announces NexentaConnect for VMware vSAN

Software-defined storage solution provider Nexenta announced the global availability of its NexentaConnect for VMware (VMW) Virtual SAN this week, which promises to provide clients with a way of streamlining the provisioning and management of file services on top of VMware vSAN. The solution also allows users to create hyper-converged solutions without the need for external storage arrays, according to the company.

SUSECon 2014: Day One Highlights

SUSE kicked off its third annual SUSECon conference in Orlando this week, with the enterprise Linux distributor showing off several new product announcements and sales figures for the first half of fiscal year 2015.

SUSE Lets Customers 'Bring Your Own Subscription' to the Cloud

Enterprise Linux vendor SUSE is allowing existing customers to utilize their own SUSE subscriptions within the public cloud through a new “bring your own subscription” (BYOS) program, which it said will allow users to easily move new and existing workloads between their data centers and the cloud.

SUSE Announces Storage Beta Program

Enterprise Linux users can now begin using the beta version of SUSE Storage, the company’s new self-healing, self-managing software-based solution. The company announced the release of its beta software during this week’s SUSECon 2014 conference in Orlando.

Slowing Tablet Sales Buoyed by Sub-$250 Tablets

While tablet sales overall continue to decline, smaller and less flashy tablets retailing for less than $250 are buoying the market as price-conscious consumers gravitate toward savings over processing power and high-end screen technology.

BlackBerry Expands Global Partner Agreement with ISEC7

Enterprise mobility management platform provider ISEC7 Group announced an expanded global reseller agreement with BlackBerry (BBRY), which will allow the company to sell ISEC7’s EMM solution directly through its enterprise ISV channel.

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