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New CompTIA cloud certification announced; Synnex signs deal with Prenton

CompTIA launches its Cloud+ certification, which is aimed at IT professionals delivering cloud infrastructure; plus, news from Synnex and Cisco.

CompTIA launches cloud certification

This week, CompTIA launched CompTIA Cloud+, a certification for IT cloud professionals.

According to the IT industry organization, the new CompTIA cloud certification, which is available worldwide, provides education that emphasizes knowledge of cloud terminologies and methodologies; provides candidates an understanding of how to implement and maintain cloud technologies and infrastructure, i.e. server, network, storage and virtualization technologies; and covers relevant aspects of IT security and the use of industry best practices for cloud implementation and virtualization.

Although not required, having 24 to 36 months of work experience in networking, storage or data center administration is a nice-to-have for candidates of the new CompTIA Cloud+ certification.

The organization also noted that candidates should be certified for CompTIA Network+ and/or CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA and familiar with major hypervisor technologies for server virtualization.

Synnex to distribute print offering to MSPs

North American MSP partners of Synnex Corp. will be able to benefit from the distribution agreement that Synnex recently signed with printing cost reduction software vendor Prenton Ltd.

Synnex will be delivering advanced print management capabilities of Prenton’s PrentonSaver software through its PrintSolv platform.

Prenton software helps SMBs and enterprise businesses save money on toner, ink and paper consumption via its patent-pending Pixel Optimizer technology, which removes unnecessary pixels without impacting document quality, according to the vendor.

Synnex will combine the PrentonSaver capabilities with its PrintSolv platform to help MSPs provide their customers with more optimized and managed printing.

Other benefits for MSP PrintSolv customers include focused reporting data from networked and locally connected printers and print rules with policy enforcement capabilities to proactively manage users' printing behaviors.

Cisco announces CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi

Cisco announced Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi at Interop in New York this week, broadening partner opportunities to help their retail business customers customize applications and services to engage their clientele and help generate revenue.

CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi software is installed on a Wi-Fi router at the retail facility. Retail customers at that retail facility can check in with the business they’re visiting via free Wi-Fi just using their Facebook credentials. Businesses can then glean demographic data such as age, gender and geo-location from checked-in users, according to Cisco.

Cisco’s CMX is built upon the Cisco Unified Access infrastructure. Partners can utilize Cisco and its technology alliance partner applications to deliver location-aware guest access, device-based services, browser-based services, customized mobile applications, online and onsite analytics, social analytics, and ads and offers.

Microsoft partner MessageOps simplifies Web portal management

MessageOps this week announced new management features of 365 Command, its Web-based portal. 365 Command is a hosted service for companies that want to manage their Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

According to MessageOps, the latest feature upgrades include scheduled reports, mailbox templates, group membership modification, the ability to reset all user passwords, the ability to convert a shared mailbox to a licensed mailbox and integration with Command Archive.

According to the company, 365 Command provides managed service providers (MSPs) a cost-effective way to add Office 365 administration to their list of managed services.

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