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Vortex 6 enhances compliance management tool for Cisco partners

This week, Vortex 6 released a tool to manage Cisco partner program compliance requirements; Avnet Technology Solutions signed a distribution deal to provide HP ConvergedSystem 700; and more.

Technical training and consulting specialist Vortex 6 has launched the latest version of V6 Fusion, a Web-based, automated planning and management application to help Cisco partners meet compliance requirements of the Cisco partner program.

New features of V6 Fusion include an executive dashboard that displays a Cisco partner's current compliance status, required actions to correct compliance issues and the costs involved, and deadlines. "What our software does is that it brings all of the information that the partner needs into one place," said Peter Olive, managing director of Vortex 6. "It has all of the rules of the partner program. It has all of their information about how many certified individuals they've got. It's got all of the training in it [and] all of the exams that are required."

V6 Fusion functions as a planning tool to help partners rapidly migrate from the old Cisco partner program to the new program that Cisco announced in March, Olive said. Partners can select the partner tier they would like to migrate to in the new Cisco program, in addition to the specializations or architectures, and Vortex 6 will provide planning information for meeting migration requirements.

Additionally, V6 Fusion also allows partners to sign up for training and exams; generate reports, including reports required for a Cisco audit; and obtain information about expiring certifications.

While V6 Fusion is currently offered as a Cisco partner program management and planning tool, Olive said the company will announce versions of the software for two to three additional large vendor partner programs in 2015.

V6 Fusion is offered to Cisco partners on an annual-license fee basis or as a managed service.

Avnet Technology Solutions launches HP ConvergedSystem 700 initiative

Distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has signed an agreement with HP to offer HP ConvergedSystem 700 to its solution provider partners and help bring the new HP system to market in the U.S.

To accelerate the go-to-market process, Avnet said it will integrate and configure the HP ConvergedSystem 700 and provide partners with the HP product fully tested, validated and integrated for fast delivery and implementation in their customers' data centers. Additionally, the Avnet Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Ariz., will be available to partners to integrate and assemble the HP ConvergedSystem 700. The facility offers services that include hardware and software factory installation and integration.

Avnet said it also will offer a range of services, such as final hardware installation, network attachment and initial virtualization and storage setup, to help partners develop their converged infrastructure capabilities. Access to the Avnet Technical army, a team that provides partners with in-depth technical knowledge on HP software and technology, is available to partners that participate in the pilot.

ConnectWise rolls out updated platform

ConnectWise has released the latest version of its business management platform, ConnectWise API V2.0. The updated ConnectWise platform includes new reporting dashboards and ConnectWise Central, a feature which provides quick access of materials and information within the application. ConnectWise API V2.0 also features a more intuitive user interface, the company said.

CloudBerry Lab integrates with ConnectWise, Autotask

Backup and management technology vendor CloudBerry Lab has completed integrations with ConnectWise and Autotask.

CloudBerry Lab's integration of its managed backup service with the ConnectWise platform provides an online backup offering for managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers and system integrators. ConnectWise users can now import contacts into the CloudBerry Managed Backup and receive notifications automatically of any backup or restore failures. Solution providers can also obtain backup billing details in a centralized location, in addition to data from the ConnectWise platform to offer customers unified billing.

The integration of CloudBerry's cloud backup offering with the Autotask platform allows joint customers to automate customer management of backup services, including user lists, billing and support tickets.

CloudBerry 3.8 with the new ConnectWise and Autotask integrations is available now.

Violin Memory appoints worldwide president of channel sales

All-flash storage arrays and appliances provider Violin Memory has named Jeff Nollette as its worldwide vice president of channel sales.

Nollette aims to expand Violin's channel program and go-to-market strategy, providing strategic counsel to the sales and channel teams to increase distribution through Global System Integrators. As worldwide vice president of channel sales, Nollette will also provide partners with information about revenue opportunities through the Violin Global Partner Program, as well as market growth prospects through all-flash data center technology.

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