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Tech Data, Peak 10 team to give partners access to Cisco Powered services

Tech Data channel partners will have access to a suite of Cisco Powered services as a result of a new agreement, says Tech Data and Peak 10.

Tech Data partners to have access to Peak 10 Cisco Powered services

Tech Data Corp. and Peak 10 announced this week that they have signed a distribution agreement that gives the distributor's channel partners access to Peak 10's suite of Cisco Powered cloud and managed services. Peak 10 is a designated Cisco Powered Cloud Provider.

Partners who qualify as Cisco Cloud Services Resellers can earn incremental rebates for selling Peak 10 services through Tech Data.

Qualifying partners will also receive Peak 10's Infrastucture as a Service (IaaS) cloud-bundling offers, including an engineering consultation on customer accounts.

The new services are available in the Solution Store of Tech Data's TDCloud business unit.

HP Anywhere Partner Program focuses on mobility

The HP Anywhere Partner Program that Hewlett Packard Co. announced this week is designed to help partners provide business mobility solutions to customers.

The new program, a complimentary initiative to the HP PartnerOne Program, offers a set of mobility software solutions and services that make it easier for partners to solve customer business problems, according to the company.

More program specifics include: Access to mobile-specific resources, such as tools, technical trainings, webinars and advisory boards; leverage opportunities via HP's PartnerOne Program; and the option to utilize HP marketing campaigns, marketing and sales tools.

N-Able by SolarWinds accelerates portfolio

N-Able by SolarWinds recently announced the N-central 9.4 platform and a new Help Desk Manager (HDM). N-able by SolarWinds provides remote monitoring and management (RMM) service automation solutions.

The new platform and HDM work together to help managed service providers (MSPs) automate IT services and help desk support. They also offer services such as email-to-ticket-to-email support; customer portals; issue/problem/request information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) alignment; automatic ticket assignment; time and material billing; an integrated knowledge base system; integrated survey engine; drag-and-drop and drill-down dashboards; and the option to run standalone or integrated with N-central, according to the vendor.

Several additions to the N-central 9.4 platform include usability and user interface enhancements; improved OS X support; enhanced monitoring support; patch management updates; new TeamViewer support; and automation manager enhancements.

Dice report sees uptick in IT consulting

The recently released Tech Trends first quarter report from Dice, an employment firm for IT professionals, showed that IT consultants are gaining momentum in the workforce.

According to the Dice report, which includes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT consultants are in higher demand today. Wages are up, also. In fact, tech consulting has set records recentlyin the number of jobs added (17,200 new positions), hourly rate paid ($42.17) and number of hours worked per week in February 2014 (38.8 hours).

According to Dice, tech consultants also scored in the 2014 Dice Salary Survey with a pay raise of 4% year over year, outpacing the tech population as a whole, which was up 3% year over year.

Rackspace names new partner executive

Rackspace Hosting announced this week that Will Knight is the new vice president of partner sales and responsible for building a strategic and competitive partner program and driving overall success. He joined Rackspace in December 2013.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Knight was with Microsoft since 1999, where he held a number of positions, including working with partners in the U.S., China and Singapore.

According to the company, Rackspace works with about 1,500 partners in North America and relaunched its partner program in September 2013.

CiRBA enhances partner program

CiRBA, a provider of automated capacity control software, announced this week that it has enhanced its partner programs to include streams and license options for both managed infrastructure (IT outsourcers) and cloud service providers (CSPs).

The move to enhance its partner program is a result of the shift in hosting and managed infrastructure business and the impact that the shift is having on delivery and contract models, according to the company.

The company's Powered Partners types include CiRBA Powered Cloud Providers, CiRBA Powered Outsourcers, CiRBA Powered Technology Providers, CiRBA Service Providers, and CiRBA Resellers.

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