Zerto Revamps Partner Program to Address Partner Growth

Article Written by David Marshall

Disaster recovery solutions provider Zerto announced today that is has made some significant changes and updates to its Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Program. The updates have been put in place to better meet the needs of Zerto's partner network since experiencing extreme growth; from 33 partners in 2012 to more than 1,500 reseller, cloud service provider (CSP) and system integrator partners today. Looking at more recent figures, Zerto has seen 50 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in its partner network and 112 percent YoY growth in partner certifications. The program refresh, according to Zerto, is based directly on feedback they have received from partners as they've experienced this growth, and focuses on providing extra simplicity, an equal rewards approach regardless of partner type and a unique rewards-based training method Zerto calls "gamification." 

"The Zerto partner program is simple, far more simple than any other program we've been a part of -it just works," said Stephen Johnson, President, Corus360. "It's easy to get to the Zerto team and resources that we need, which allows us to focus on designing and deploying DR solutions and services in the field. The new Zerto partner program changes the way we do business and enables us to be more successful in growing our data recovery and business continuity opportunities." 

Citrix Acquires Norskale for User Environment Management (UEM). What's Next?

Article Written by David Marshall

Citrix quietly announced that it has acquired Norskale, a French-based startup with a proven track record of optimizing workspace performance, accelerating application delivery, and enhancing environment scalability.  The company has operated throughout the European, Asia-Pacific and Americas markets by providing a full-featured workspace and user environment management solution.  With more than 100 customers worldwide and enterprise deployments reaching up to 80,000 seats, Norskale brings a welcomed amount of performance and scalability value to the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop application and desktop virtualization solutions.

Demand for business mobility by end-users is creating far-reaching implications for how mission-critical applications are being delivered.  These businesses are increasingly searching for solutions that help simplify the management of end-users as they move from desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones due to the complexity of managing these assets in silos.

But in the last couple of years, Citrix has fallen behind in this area.  The company, which was once a market leader in this space, seemed to find itself playing catch up with competitors like VMware who in February of 2015 acquired Immidio to beat Citrix to the punch by offering its own Workspace Environment Management (WEM) solution.  With that acquisition, VMware gained a strong UEM solution which they have been integrating more and more into their existing product lines.


The $67 Billion Dell and EMC Deal Closed Today

Article Written by David Marshall

Nearly a year after it was first announced, Dell Inc. today closed its $67 billion deal to buy EMC Corporation; and with it, taking on a new name -- Dell Technologies.  With this transaction, Dell has closed the largest technology merger in history and has become the world's largest privately held technology company with $74 billion in revenues.

Dell Technologies will initially employ ~140,000 workers, making it the largest privately controlled technology company by the numbers according to Tom Sweet, Dell Technologies' CFO.

The new company also underscores a shift toward IT industry consolidation as leading players in servers like Dell and storage leaders like EMC search for synergies in order to meet enterprise demand for hybrid cloud and cloud-native offerings.

3 Problems Solved by Moving to the Cloud

Article Written by Autumn Salama, Senior Director of Cloud Services at Symmetry

SMBs tend to base cloud migration decisions on IT considerations - they move when it becomes too difficult, pricey or risky to continue hosting onsite. But the benefits of moving to the cloud go beyond the IT department. We looked at organizations from a variety of industries to learn what problems they've solved by moving to the cloud. 

1.     Moving to the cloud eases mergers and transitions. Mergers leave organizations with multiple technology stacks, hosted on separate hardware by different teams. This makes it very difficult to integrate the new company, and poses added security and compliance risks. Getting all the pieces to work together quickly is crucial to staying competitive and maintaining morale and investor confidence. Moving to the cloud with an experienced managed services partner is usually the most competitive way to do this.


Your Work in the Cloud Is Actually Pretty Secure

Grazed from Author: Kayla Matthews

Cloud computing is everywhere. Even industry leaders like Google and Apple store content in the cloud. One common misconception is that cloud computing - or the act of storing your data on remote servers - is not very secure. Many IT professionals adhere to the sentiment that cloud computing poses a significant security risk.

Strangely enough, with all the concern about security being lax, the IT industry has bulked up security for cloud computing. Let's take a closer look at why the public cloud is much more secure than a local data center.

Public Cloud Services Are Up-to-Date on Security

Due to the nature of computing, security is always shifting and evolving. When it boils down, most enterprises don't have the budget to stay on the frontline. They don't have the money to continuously deploy new and more advanced security measures or update their systems.

Google's Preemptible Cloud VMs Just Got Cheaper

Article Written by David Marshall

This week, Google announced that it is lowering prices on its preemptible virtual machines (VMs) to help businesses gain even more affordable options within the Google Compute Engine.  Although the market rate for using Google Compute Engine is by many measures already a fair price, it still may not be practical for some smaller organizations. 

Companies looking to gain entry into the Google Compute Engine but who don't have the budget or don't need the full power of Google’s cloud infrastructure now have a better choice.  They can go with Google's preemptible VMs, a much cheaper alternative to Google's typical cloud platform.  And now, they can do so even cheaper.  Thirty-three percent cheaper to be exact!

Preemptible VMs are like any other Google Compute Engine VM, with two big caveats: They cannot run for more than 24 hours and Google can preemptively shut down the VMs if they need the capacity for other purposes. 

LogMeIn Merging with Citrix's GoTo Business - A Deal Valued at $1.8 Billion

Article Written by David Marshall

LogMeIn and Citrix Systems announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for LogMeIn to combine with Citrix's GoTo business in a deal valued at approximately $1.8 billion.  The deal will enable Citrix to focus on its other products, including XenDesktop and XenApps.

Back in November, Citrix announced that it would spin off its GoTo family of products as a separate company.  By combining the spinoff with a merger, the transfer will be tax free for Citrix in a move known as a "Reverse Morris Trust."

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.  According to officials with both companies, the deal, expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, will create a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business with a diverse product portfolio and greater resources to drive innovation. 

HOSTING Beefs Up its DRaaS Solution with Zerto

Article Written by David Marshall

Managed cloud services provider HOSTING has reinforced the HIPAA and PCI capabilities of its DRaaS solution with business continuity and disaster recovery software from Zerto. The Zerto Virtual Replication software is expected to help protect HOSTING’s mission critical workloads and applications with multi-cloud, single-team support on VMWare, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

HOSTING CTO Darrell Hyde said the Zerto software will help HOSTING build, migrate, and manage compliance-mandated environments for their managed services customers.

“The new HOSTING DRaaS solution offers customers the flexibility, control and support they need to protect their important applications and data from the ordinary such as human error, to the catastrophic such as natural disasters and even ransomware attacks,” he said “Recognized as one of the largest VMware partners in North America, we replaced Site Recovery Manager with Zerto to increase our customers’ confidence knowing their workloads – no matter the type, size or scope – will be protected and quickly recovered with minimal impact on operations.” 

The HOSTING DRaaS solution provides replication between multiple hypervisor types, self-service capabilities through a secure portal, detailed reporting, non-disruptive testing and point-in-time recovery. The DRaaS solution is powered by Zerto to support migration integration between HOSTING’s own cloud service and third-party cloud providers such as Amazon and Azure, to reduce engineering development cycles. 

HOSTING hopes the improved compliance and service level agreement capabilities will help differentiate it from large telecommunications providers that do not provide high-end support service.


About the Author

David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a seven time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 16 years.  To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient and Hyper9 and also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.

David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center."  He was also the Technical Editor on Wiley's "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books.  David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget.  And in 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site,, which he still operates today.

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Why Online Gambling is a Private Cloud Early Adopter

Article Written by Mario Blandini, VP Product Marketing, SwiftStack

As the global online gambling market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of nearly 11 percent between now and 2020 (Technavio), the amount of data associated with online gambling is also rapidly rising, entering the world of mind-boggling numbers.

This is an immediate problem for data-intensive companies like bet365 and others in the media and entertainment, life sciences and financial services industries. As data continues to grow worldwide in all facets of life and industry, organization as a whole are looking to these fast-moving companies as examples of how to solve their own data growth challenges.

Who's Leading the Storage Startup Landscape?

Article Written by David Marshall

Tape Storage

Just last week, Red Herring announced the winners of its 2016 Top 100 North America award, which recognizes the leading private companies in the region, celebrating startups' innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

It's interesting to see that many of the winners fall in the IT space, and three in particular fall specifically in the storage category: SwiftStackZadara and Igneous. Virtualization, public cloud and other relatively recent changes in the datacenter have turned the storage world upside down, creating a market for fresh, new, innovative solutions that save time, money and resources. Many new companies have formed over the past several years, jumping on the opportunity presented by the need for better, more modern storage. But what is it about certain solutions and vendors that make them stand out amongst the others?