Wow, did someone hit the fast-forward button on life this week? Once again, we find ourselves on the cusp of another weekend (yay!) but unfortunately there were lots of stories that fell by the wayside as a result (bummer). Here are some of the top stories this week that we wish we had time to write about in greater detail, but didn’t.
Pivot3 Acquires NexGen Storage: Hyper-converged infrastructure developer Pivot3 announced it plans to acquire NexGen Storage, a provider of hybrid storage appliances and all-flash arrays. The acquisition is expected to boost Pivot3’s ability to deliver hyper-converged solutions to its enterprise and mid-market customers, according to the announcement. Pivot3 will continue to market NexGen’s current and planned products.
“With the addition of NexGen’s capabilities, Pivot3 is now the only company in the market that broadly and deeply addresses this central data center challenge with a solution that allows IT to prioritize application performance based on business priority,” said Ron Nash, CEO of Pivot3, in a statement.
Webroot and Palo Alto Networks Partner on Endpoint Security: Endpoint security and threat intelligence solution provider Webroot has teamed with Palo Alto Networks on the launch of a new version of its combined security offering. The latest edition, called Webroot BrightCloud Threat Intelligence for Palo Alto Networks v1.5, features a combination of Webroot’s real-time threat detection services and Palo Alto’s Next-Generation Firewall solutions, according to the announcement.
“From botnets to phishing to zero-day exploits, threats today are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated in nature,” said Chad Kinzelberg, senior vice president of Business and Corporate Development at Palo Alto Networks. “Webroot’s integration complements the breach prevention capabilities of our platform with extended IP threat visibility.”
BlackBerry Unveils Good Technology Collaboration: BlackBerry (BBRY) has finally pulled back the curtain on its recent purchase of Good Technology with the debut of the Good Secure EMM Suites by BlackBerry. The offering combines BlackBerry’s EMM solution and a series of Good security products into five security tiers, each of which feature specifications tailored for different levels of mobile device control, according to CIO.com.
“The new Good Secure EMM Suites provide simple and flexible options for customers to deploy industry leading security across devices, apps, content and data. BlackBerry now has five tailored mobility suites to meet the current and future needs of businesses of any size,” said Billy Ho, executive vice president of Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions at BlackBerry, in an official press release. “This major step in the integration of Good Powered by BlackBerry comes less than three months after the close of the acquisition, enabling us to expand our industry leadership and further drive innovation in the EMM market.”
Intel Security Appoints New Americas Channel Chief: Longtime Intel Security veteran Kenneth McCray has been named as the company’s latest Americas channel chief, according to a recent announcement. McCray, whose title is now Head of Channel Sales and Operations for the Americas, formerly served as Senior Director of the Americas Channel team, and has worked for Intel Security since 1993.
McCray has been credited with forming Intel’s accelerated deal registration program and portal as well as “the rationalization project for the North America Distribution Partners to expand Intel’s routes-to-market and improve order processing,” according to Bill McAlister, senior vice president of Americas Sales for Intel Security.
Cirracore Joins vCloud Network: Cirracore Enterprise Cloud is the latest company to become an Enterprise-level Service Provider in the VMware vCloud Air Network. As a member, Cirracore is now authorized to sell VMware-based enterprise security and infrastructure compatibility solutions to customers, according to the announcement.
“We welcome Cirracore’s progression in the VMware vCloud Air Network program to Enterprise Service Provider,” said Jim Aluotto, director of Service Providers, Americas at VMware. “Since 2008, VMware has been working with the service provider community to provide customers with a simple and flexible path to the cloud, and we are pleased to have Cirracore progress in the vCloud Air Network program offering greater value to organizations with their VMware-based cloud services.”