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Channel Conflict, Controversy: Mitel, NTT Layoffs, AWS Stumbles, Anti-Semitism, Kaseya Ransomware

There's never a dull moment in the channel.

Edward Gately

December 20, 2021

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Forget Squid Game. There’s plenty of channel conflict and controversy involving Mitel, COVID-19 mandates, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kaseya and more.

New hires, changing channel programs, security breaches and M&A are typical Channel Futures fare. But there also are plenty of eye-opening controversies that draw you to the watercooler. There have been quite a few since our last roundup of channel conflict and controversy in May.

Recent hubbub involves pre-holiday layoffs by Mitel and NTT, the controversy over the term “master agent,” and a Google Cloud VP losing his job over an antisemitism dust-up.

In addition, cyberattacks rocked Kaseya and T-Mobile, OpenText declared war on IBM and software pioneer John McAfee died in prison, sparking numerous conspiracy theories.

So kick back with some holiday nog and click through the slides above. Revisit the controversies and conflicts that have impacted the channel over the past several months.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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