Michael Cusanelli

Associate Editor,
The VAR Guy
Microsoft Smartwatch Rumored for Holiday Season Release

New rumors have hinted at the possibility of Microsoft’s (MSFT) new smartwatch hitting store shelves in time for the holiday season, according to Forbes—which, if true, would put Microsoft well ahead of Apple's (APPL) iWatch launch next year.

CompTIA: More Companies Taking Ownership of Branding, Marketing

IT channel companies are becoming more self-reliant on their own branding, marketing and sales activities, according to a new study by CompTIA.

CompTIA Brings New IT Fundamentals Certification to Users

CompTIA’s new IT Fundamentals certification exam is now available, the company announced, covering a range of IT topics and provide a solid understanding in the technology concepts and practices organizations use today.

Study: App Testing Essential to Performance, Profitability

Perfecto Mobile recently released a survey on why certain mobile apps fail, and found nearly half of the bugs and errors found in consumer apps were discovered via user feedback. The study also found that most developers lack the resources and time needed to properly test their apps before putting them on the market, which often leads to unhappy customers.

VMware, NVIDIA Reveal First Participants in GRID vGPU Preview

Airbus Group, CH2MHILL and MetroHealth are the first to join VMware's (VMW) and NVIDIA's early access program for their GRID vGPU preview. The three companies are among the first to test and provide feedback for the new GPU virtualization and virtual application and desktop infrastructure before its general release.

Meet the Chiefs: Dan Miller, Juniper Networks

In this edition of Meet the Chiefs we introduce you to Dan Miller, senior vice president of Worldwide Alliances and Partners at Juniper Networks. Miller, who formerly served as senior vice president of Industries, Solutions and Partners at Juniper, recently stepped in to the channel chief role.

Distribution Watch: GTDC, Ingram Micro, Avnet

Thanks for celebrating Friday with us, Distribution Watchers! This week we’ve got hot new stories from the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), Ingram Micro (IM) and Avnet (AVT). Let’s get started.

HP Rolls Out New Network Virtualization Solution

Hewlett Packard (HPQ) is expanding its network virtualization portfolio with a new Distributed Cloud Networking (DCN) solution designed to enable users to control their distributed networking environment via a single pane of glass for private, public and hybrid data centers.

Acronis Builds Partner Expertise with New Programs

Data protection solutions provider Acronis launched its Acronis Academy eLearning Platform and the Acronis Partner application to help partners improve their sales and technical expertise, preparing them to sell Acronis solutions and stay up to date with the latest company news and product information, according to the company.

Scality Cements Global Agreement with HP

Software-defined storage provider Scality signed a global reseller agreement with Hewlett Packard (HPQ) to allow HP to offer data storage solutions combining Scality’s RING storage software with its server hardware technology.

Channel Partner Program Roundup: Rackware, Vormetric, Appirio

Welcome back, Roundup fans! This week we’re serving up hot channel news from your favorite partners, including RackWare, Vormetric and Appirio. Let’s dig in!

Lenovo, VMware Partner on SDN Data Center Solutions

Lenovo is partnering with VMware (VMW) to help customers adopt software-defined data center (SDDC) technology through new IT infrastructure solutions for private and hybrid cloud, end user computing and virtualization. The agreement extends VMware’s existing 16-year relationship with System X, which Lenovo recently acquired from IBM.

Webroot Introduces BrightCloud Service to HP Portfolio

Webroot will offer its Webroot BrightCloud IP Reputation Service as part of the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Enterprise Security Products portfolio, the company announced this week. The cloud-based Internet threat detection provider said its solution will allow HP enterprise users to increase their visibility into potential threats to their customer networks by corporate and employee-owned mobile devices.

Lancope Introduces Global Technology Partner Program

Lancope launched its global Technology Partner Program Oct. 14, designed to help partners provide best-of-breed network protection to its customers and establish a formal method for expanding its partner network.

VMware Partners with HP to Expand Enterprise Mobility Services

AirWatch by VMware (VMW) will partner with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to develop new methods for enabling a more mobile workforce, according to VMware. The virtualization giant announced the collaboration during VMworld Europe, and said the partnership will benefit customers by decreasing deployment and return on investment timelines for mobile devices in the workplace.

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