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Ingram Micro to sell Veeam; other news

Veeam signs Ingram Micro; Google Apps sync with BlackBerry.

IT Channel News in brief for August 24, 2009

Veeam signs Ingram Micro

As of this week, Ingram Micro is Veeam Software's second distributor in the Americas. The broad line distributor will handle all of Veeam's virtualization data protection and systems management products in North and South America.

Veeam already uses Lifeboat Distribution as a U.S. distributor and has existing global distribution deals with Lifeboat, Soft Select, Tech Data and others.

The Columbus, Ohio-based vendor is also expanding its Alliance Affiliate program, adding 10% partner margins on the sale of Veeam Essentials and Veeam Acceleration Kits. Next month, it plans to launch an updated ProPartner Portal that will have custom views by region and partner level and additional sales and marketing tools. As virtualization takes off, tools to monitor and manage VM activity are in high demand. The news comes a week before the annual VMWorld show kicks off in San Francisco.

Google Apps now in sync with BlackBerry

Google Apps -- at least the paid versions -- now work with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. That means users can now access email with their beloved handheld devices. Messages sent to their Gmail inboxes are pushed to the BlackBerry within a minute and messages that are read or deleted on the BlackBerry are marked as such in Gmail and vice versa, according to the Google Enterprise Blog. The Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry is free to Google Apps Premier and Education users and can be downloaded here.

Paragon adds new channel manager

Paragon Software Group, a maker of backup and disaster recovery software, has a new channel manager. Koka Sexton, who had been with Acronis Inc., joined Paragon in June to build its channel partner program. Paragon touts a channel-only distribution model and now fields 28 Elite partners and 77 Premium partners.

Premium-level partners get a 25% discount, with an additional 10% discount through deal registration. Elite-level partners can get up to a 45% discount, according to SearchStorageChannel .com.

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