Channel Bytes April 8, 2022 – new AIR MILES CTO; Deep Instinct revamps channel schedule; free cloud SIEM; and more


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Cologix increases its Canadian data center footprint after recapitalization

Stonepeak, an alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real estate assets, announced the successful closing of its previously announced recapitalization of Cologix, the largest private hyperscale interconnect and edge platform in North America. In Canada, Cologix currently operates 11 data centers in Montreal, 5 in Toronto and 4 in Vancouver.

“With this transaction, we are accelerating our investments to meet the growing demand from cloud services and network providers as well as digital enterprises,” said Bill Fathers, president and CEO of Cologix. “We will build and acquire Scalelogix hyperscale edge data centers in current and new markets to complement and grow our networked dense digital edge business.”

Sunco acquires Isosceles Business Systems

Sunco Communication and Installation, an independent business systems integrator, announced the acquisition of Kootenay IT services provider Isosceles Business Systems. The acquisition will add a new line of products and services to Sunco’s suite of offerings while helping the company further expand its presence in Western Canada. The entire Isoscele team will join Sunco as part of the acquisition.

AIR MILES has a new CTO

Rick Neuman (formerly of Flipp, Walmart) has joined AIR MILES as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead technology innovation for the organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. His track record of leading large teams, improving strategy transparency and delivery, and launching new customer-centric products and technologies positions him to usher AIR MILES into a new era focused on digital transformation. As CTO, he will be responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of technology both internally and for AIR MILES partners and brands, helping to transform its offerings and leverage insights. based on data that drives business value.

Talend acquires Gamma Soft

Data integration and management provider Talend has announced the acquisition of Gamma Soft, a specialist in change data capture. The company says the addition of Gamma Soft’s highly complementary enterprise-class change data capture technologies will help customers streamline their data modernization initiatives, including cloud migrations, and support business cases. real-time advanced analytics in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The technology helps enterprises continuously track and replicate changed data in real time from a source, such as data warehouses, data lakes, and other databases, to a destination without requiring the extracting the entire dataset.

Deep Instinct revamps its channel schedule

Deep Instinct, which applies end-to-end deep learning to cybersecurity, this week officially expanded its established channel program to follow the pattern of a “frequent traveler” model known as the “Stratosphere”. Unlike traditional models, this new program will not offer legacy medallion levels or volume-based recognition, but rather offer guaranteed margins and eliminate set rebate schedules that are confusing to follow. It will also increase guaranteed margins in 1% increments up to a maximum of 5% by earning “loyalty points”, and discounts will be available for partner-initiated bookings once a certain number of fidelity will have been achieved.

Blumira Announces Free Cloud SIEM with Integrated Detection and Response

Automated threat detection and response provider Blumira announced the availability of the industry’s only free, self-service cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) solution for Microsoft 365. It also launched three new paid versions: Microsoft 365, Cloud and Advanced. With Blumira Free Edition, IT teams get security monitoring for Microsoft 365 with unlimited users and data. They also have access to easy-to-use detection and response, basic reporting, and continuous, automated detection rule updates. All free users can upgrade the product to paid editions to unlock access to Blumira’s 24/7 Security Operations Team (SecOpS) support for urgent priority issues, as well as integration and guided response.

In addition to all paid editions, Blumira offers a free NFR license (not for resale) to all managed service providers (MSPs) to use its advanced edition. The free edition of Blumira is also available for MSPs to enable them to secure their SMB customer base and make security more accessible to organizations of all sizes.

Don’t forget to register for the Top 100 Solution Providers Gala

There’s still time to register for the CDN Virtual Gala on April 26, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET and attend the reveal of the winners of the 2022 Channel Innovation Awards and Canada’s Top 100 Solution Providers. This gala will celebrate outstanding innovation and Canadian organizations that deliver exceptional customer value in the Channel industry. In addition to creating the Top 100 ranking, the information collected is used to create a channel snapshot with information on trends, hiring inclinations, and product preferences. Each participant will receive a copy of this benchmark report.

Author: Lynn Greiner

Lynn Greiner has been interpreting technology for business for over 20 years and has worked in the industry while writing about it, giving her a unique perspective on the issues facing businesses. She has both computer science degrees and a business degree

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