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SAP channel gains new PartnerEdge program for app dev; more news

SAP adds a PartnerEdge Program for application development designed to help developers in mobile, cloud, database or high-performance in-memory.

SAP adds PartnerEdge program for application developers

SAP AG recently introduced the SAP PartnerEdge Program for Application Development. The announcement was made at the SAP Americas Partner Leadership Summit held in Orlando, Fla., July 29-30.

The new partner program is designed to help application developers build, market and sell applications in the mobile, cloud, database or high-performance in-memory areas that run on top of SAP technology platforms, including the SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud, SAP Mobile databases from SAP, and the SAP NetWeaver platform, according to the vendor.

Channel partners can sign up for the SAP PartnerEdge program for a fee of approximately $3,300. Then at a cost ranging from $665 to $2,000, partners can select from SAP platform-focused packages that contain technology licensing rights, resources and services. Also included in the membership fee is go-to-market support, including the SAP partner logo, free application reviews and a listing in the SAP Store online marketplace.

Other news from the conference was a report on the results of SAP-commissioned research by IDC, Worldwide Ecosystem Analytics & Big Data: Growth Opportunities for SAP Partners, which estimated SAP partners worldwide will earn $220 billion in revenue related to analytics and big data solutions over the next five years.

Revenue generated by SAP channel partners will come from product reselling, professional services, hardware, intellectual property, and solutions developed to run on top of SAP analytics solutions and the SAP HANA platform, according to the vendor.

SAP channel partners are expected to find these big data and analytics opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, government, communications and media, banking, professional services, retail, healthcare, utilities and insurance.

FireEye revamps its partner program

FireEye Inc., a next-generation cyberthreat protection product vendor, this week introduced its FireEye Fuel Partner Program, an overhaul of its three-year-old global partner program.

The revamped FireEye Fuel Partner Program builds on the previous program by formalizing some benefits, such as market development funds. The new program additionally addresses deal registration and education resources, and provides partners with the tools, resources, training and skills to sell their services as trusted advisors to their customers, according to the company.

The FireEye platform gives channel partners an opportunity to sell differentiated integration services, support and advisory capabilities. The FireEye Fuel network of partners built their offerings around the core FireEye threat protection platform, the Multi-Vector Virtual Execution engine, which provides dynamic, real-time analysis of advanced malware, according to FireEye.

Tech Data signs deal with Carbonite and AirVM for cloud solutions

U.S.-based SMB-focused reseller partners of Tech Data Corp. can now offer their customers a suite of cloud data protection solutions from Carbonite, Tech Data's latest cloud provider partner.

The deal, announced this week at the TDCloud Partner Summit in Tampa, Fla., means Tech Data partners now have access to Carbonite Business, Carbonite BusinessPremier and Carbonite BusinessPremier with Enhanced Server Backup for their customers.

Carbonite also provides its resellers with a Web-based dashboard to manage and monitor their clients' environment.

The distributor also announced a partnership with AirVM Inc., a provider of cloud infrastructure, and the availability of AirSembly -- a cloud infrastructure based on VMware vSphere -- for resellers that want to white-label, sell and manage their own customized catalog of cloud services through TDCloud.

According to Tech Data, it will offer AirVM's Cloud Delivery and Commercialization platform, which provides partners with a set of services under the Hosted AirSembly brand.

Tech Data's TDCloud business unit offers channel partners with a cloud practice -- or those building a cloud practice -- enablement tools, products and professional services. TDCloud is powered by the distributor's StreamOne platform.

CloudBerry enhances its cloud backup solution

CloudBerry Lab recently announced a new version of its Managed Backup Service featuring full remote management functionality for service providers.

Powered by Amazon Web Services, the enhanced CloudBerry Managed Backup allows service providers to manage their customers' backup jobs remotely using a Web-based control panel.

According to the Newport Beach, Calif.-based vendor, service providers can remotely create and modify backup plans, specify a plan name and backup source, create filters for different file types and folders, configure backup schedules, and specify compression and encryption options. Managed service providers can also monitor and manage any changes made by users.

The remote-management capability eliminates or reduces the need for on-site support.

Executive leadership promotions at independenceIT

Jim Lippie, former executive vice president of business development at software company independenceIT, was promoted to CEO, and Seth Bostock, formerly the executive vice president of corporate development at the company, was promoted to president and chief operations officer.

Lippie joined independenceIT in 2013 and Bostock has worked at the company since 2011.

IndependenceIT offers the Cloud Workspace Suite, a channel-only Desktop as a Service offering.

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