News in brief: Dell unveils new PartnerDirect 2.0

Brita Van Fossen and Pat Ouellette, Editors

Dell launches new PartnerDirect 2.0
Aiming to bolster its commitment to VARs, Dell Inc. released its new PartnerDirect 2.0 program. Based on customer feedback,

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Dell revamped the program to include improved services in areas such as data management and desktop virtualization and better sales tools for customers.

The new rendition of the PartnerDirect program also provides increased rewards for certification and training, including Premier partner rebates, extended deals and other financial incentives.

HP opens more Cloud Centers of Excellence
HP is expected to open 19 more Cloud Centers of Excellence across the country by the end of October.

There are already 21 of these facilities giving partners live demonstrations of HP cloud solutions and other products such as HP storage and networking. They also feature cloud discovery workshops, which provide discussion and recommendations for partners assisting customers that are exploring the possibility of a cloud-based environment.

N-able now offers N-central 8.1
Late last week, N-able Technologies Inc. made available to the general public the newest version of its remote monitoring and management (RMM) and managed services platform, N-central 8.1.

N-central 8.1 is VMware compatible and offers VMware ESX and ESXi server hardware monitoring and mobile support through a Google Android application. The platform is free to current N-able partners who already have maintenance and support plans.

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