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!

RackWare: The cloud management vendor expanded its Channel Partner Program to service providers and VARs, adding IBM SoftLayer, CenturyLink, OnRamp and MBS Services to the program.

“We have had mutually profitable engagements with our existing Service Provider and VAR partners by helping their customers to easily migrate workloads to their cloud of choice,” said Sash Sunkara, CEO at RackWare, in a statement. “We are delighted to open our partner program to additional partners to help them dramatically reduce the complexity involved in cloud migrations.”

RackWare launched in 2009 and has since moved thousands of workloads between sites and clouds for its customers, according to the company. In July, the company released RMM 3.0, the latest version of its RackWare Management Module, which allows users to move their workloads between private, public or hybrid cloud environments and expand their cloud resources as needed.

Vormetric: Enterprise data security firm Vormetric is the latest company to join the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as a technology partner. Vormetric’s Data Security platform will extend the security controls of the Google Cloud Platform by adding data-at-rest encryption, access control and security intelligence audit log capabilities and other features within Google Cloud implementations, according to the company.

“The Google Cloud Platform Partner Program enables us to integrate our product offerings for securing and controlling data at rest so that users can further take advantage of the power of Google Cloud Platform,” said C.J. Radford, vice president of Cloud for Vormetric.  “With the combination of Google Cloud Platform and Vormetric data protection solutions, organizations are able to expand their usage of Google cloud resources to include sensitive data protected by compliance and regulatory requirements, or whose loss would jeopardize their business prospects or mission.”

Vormetric users can access the Google Cloud Platform’s products to develop cloud app solutions, cloud storage solutions, large-scale computing solutions and Big Data solutions, according to the company. Vormetric is one of the latest partners to join the program, which consists of ISVs, SaaS vendors, analytics providers and others who offer complementary technologies integrated into the cloud platform.

Appirio: Global cloud consultancy Appirio has joined the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem to help customers measure the effectiveness of their business intelligence operations and drive performance through data sharing insights. Appirio will use Salesforce’s Wave Analytics Cloud to provide end-to-end services for Salesforce Analytics deployments and help business users explore data and take action from any device, according to the press release.

"The convergence of mobile, social and cloud computing has sparked a data revolution, and companies today must leverage data-driven insights to connect with their customers in a whole new way," said Keith Bigelow, senior vice president and general manager, Salesforce Analytics Cloud at salesforce.com. "With partners such as Appirio, customers can benefit from best practices and industry expertise to extend analytics for every business need, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore and share data instantly, uncover new insights and take action from anywhere."

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