New private cloud opportunity takes shape for HP partners; more news

HP releases Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector; Citrix plans to retire two virtualization certifications and expire others; more news.

Systems integrators looking for infrastructure partners to address the private cloud requirements of their public sector customers can now turn to Hewlett Packard. This week, the vendor released Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector, a dedicated cloud platform to help HP partners meet specific agency requirements and a full range of workloads.

The new cloud platform from HP Enterprise Services offers HP partners a managed, dedicated private cloud for federal, state and local governments that enables implementation of a shared service model across multiple departments.

The system is pre-engineered, pre-integrated, pre-automated and pre-tested for accelerated deployment of a secure cloud environment from HP, client-owned or third-party data centers.

The Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector addresses certification and regulatory compliance needs of the federal government, including the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) moderate impact level, FISMA high, HIPAA, and the Defense Information System Agency Enterprise Cloud Service Broker (DISA ECSB) impact level 5.

The new cloud offering provides ongoing management services in support of complete, open cloud platforms, and leverages HP cloud technology to provide a common architectural foundation across traditional IT as well as private, managed and public clouds, according to the vendor.

HP Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector is the latest addition to HP's Cloud Services for US Public Sector solutions.

Citrix to retire some certifications, expire others

On Nov. 28, Citrix plans to retire its Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) and Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) for Virtualization certifications, as well as terminate a number of previously retired certifications. According to the company blog, Citrix has offered the CCIA and CCEE for Virtualization certifications since 2010, but will retire them as a result of the IT landscape undergoing "numerous material changes requiring broader skill sets."

Although partners can no longer attain CCIA and CCEE for Virtualization certifications after Nov. 28, Citrix said these certifications will remain valid until they expire. As three-year, term-based certifications, the CCIA and CCEE certifications will remain valid for three years from the date they were attained, the blog said.  

Citrix currently offers CCIA and CCEE credential holders update paths to attain the new CCP-V or CCE-V certifications by passing one exam. The company blog did not specify how long Citrix will make this update-path exam available, but said once Citrix discontinues it, CCIAs and CCEEs will be required to take and pass multiple exams in order to attain CCP-V or CCE-V certification.

Citrix will expire nine Citrix Certified Adminstrator certifications: Citrix Certified Administrator for Citrix Access Gateway 8 Enterprise Edition, Application Firewall 8, WANScaler 4, XenDesktop Enterprise Edition 2, Provisioning Server 4, EdgeSight 4, MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows, MetaFrame for Unix 1.1 and MetaFrame XP for Windows.

Individuals holding any of the above certifications have the option to update to a newer certification recommended by Citrix.

Tech Data releases SMB-targeted integrated data protection solution

Distributor Tech Data Corp. this week launched an integrated data protection system designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Built on IBM technology, the Tech Data Integrated Data Protection Solution packages PowerLinux and V3700 Storwize products together with the new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Software Entry for midsize organizations, Tech Data said. The Tech Data-integrated product is offered on a single SKU.

Tech Data said the Integrated Protection Solution allows partners to pay only for the Tivoli Storage Manager components that are deployed in a customized solution. The Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center provides a view of backup health from any browser-enabled device and allows administrators to monitor backups using VMware tools. The system can reduce backup storage space requirements by up to 95% andbackup infrastructure costs by up to 38%. Advanced agents are available as needed to enhance online backups and restores for virtualized environments, email systems, databases and SAP applications.

The Integrated Data Protection Solution is available for Tech Data partners through the distributor's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division and requires no additional IBM certifications for use.

Ingram Micro and ESET ink U.S. distribution agreement

Bratislava, Slovakia-based digital protection provider ESET signed a distribution agreement this week with distributor Ingram Micro Inc. that will provide U.S. channel partners with access to ESET's full suite of endpoint security solutions for businesses.

ESET said the agreement with Ingram Micro allows ESET to offer a combination of products and services, in addition to a volume incentive program, greater flexibility for resellers in securing credit, as well as an improved process for securing quotes and placing orders.

Global Convergence to broaden its North American sales field presence

Distributor Global Convergence Inc. (GCI), parent to specialty distribution company Interlink Communication Systems, is in the process of expanding its field sales reach in the West Central, Northeast and West Coast regions.

According to GCI, the expanded in-field sales resources will help strengthen partner relationships, provide an improved level of service, and bring new opportunities for its reseller and vendor partners. Additionally, the expansion will enable GCI to gain more insight into the requirements of its customer base of solution providers, the distributor said.

Arrow Electronics names a new channel chief

Arrow Electronics Inc. this week made IT channel veteran Howard Goldberg the president of its North American enterprise computing solutions business.

Since 2012, Goldberg has served as vice president of sales and business development for the North American enterprise computing solutions business at Arrow. Prior to joining Arrow, Goldberg co-founded Canadian distributor Skydata and served as the company's CEO. Arrow Electronics bought Skydata in 2006.

Goldberg's new position at Arrow went into effect this week.

Additional reporting by Lynn Haber

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