Happy Thursday, folks, and welcome to the Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly hoedown of all things channel-related. This week we’ve got a passel of news from Juniper Networks (JNPR), VMware (VMW) and Cisco Systems (CSCO), so saddle up and let’s ride.

Juniper Networks: Network discovery, visualization and network leak detection solutions vendor Lumeta has joined Juniper’s SDN Technology Partner Program. The partnership will allow for the  integration of Lumeta’s IPsonar ESI (Enterprise Security Intelligence) solution for network discovery and visibility with Juniper Contrail, a standards-based, highly scalable network virtualization and intelligence solution for software-defined networks.

Contrail’s network virtualization solution, in operation with the OpenStack or CloudStack orchestrators, includes an open, standards-based SDN controller that virtualizes the network to enable faster automation and orchestration of hybrid cloud environments, as well as elastic service chaining of IP-based network and security services.

VMware: Diablo Technologies, an advanced memory system interface vendor, has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program as an Elite level partner. Elite members of the TAP program collaborate with VMware to integrate and validate their products with VMware solutions to drive transformative business outcomes for customers.

"Being an Elite member of the TAP program allows Diablo to provide certified drivers to our customers to be released with market availability of our Memory Channel Storage,” said Riccardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies CEO. “VMware support is required for enterprise applications. Diablo is committed to strong support for VMware vSphere, including future storage virtualization technologies.”

Cisco: Global IT solutions provider Dimension Data has achieved the Cisco Systems Master Cloud Builder Specialization. The specialization recognizes Dimension Data as having the capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and technology ecosystem partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management and virtual desktop.

The Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is granted to a specific group of partners that possess in-depth technology and architecture skills. These partners also have demonstrated customer success in providing sophisticated, value-added Cisco Data Center and Cloud solutions including sales, deployment and services. Partners with a qualified data center and cloud practice can achieve a Master Cloud Builder Specialization regardless of certification level.

And that’s the roundup for this week. We hope you’ll join us on the trail next week. Until then, stay safe.