Datto CEO Resignation, RingCentral Update, CenturyLink SD-WAN Made the Week Interesting

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… were – count’em, three – stories on our website about companies agreeing to M&A or completing it. And not just in the same week, but on the same day.

Bitdefender announced plans to buy Netherlands-based RedSocks Security, which specializes in automated detection of suspicious network behavior; Fortinet completed its acquisition of ZoneFox, a privately held cloud-based insider threat detection and response provider; and eSentire announced that it is buying a business that specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) for cybersecurity.

Check out the story, you security-crazed hooligans.

3. CenturyLink Teams with Cisco on SD-WAN

A big carrier joined forces with a big networking company around software-defined wide area networking.

CenturyLink‘s new “Managed Cisco SD-WAN” service runs on Viptela’s virtualized network platform and vEdge routers. Cisco acquired the company last year.

What made this story interesting is that CenturyLink was already partnering with Versa Networks for a different managed SD-WAN service. Executives say adding a service in partnership with Cisco simply affords options for partners and their customers.

Learn more about the new service.

2. Ingram Micro Opens Doors to Custom Integration Center

We also saw some action on the distribution side this week.

Lynn Haber reported Tuesday that Ingram Micro on Tuesday opened its new custom Integration Center for partner business.

Ingram also reported a new Integrated Solutions group, a revamp of its Components business unit. The team will focus on accelerating the channel’s time to market with custom solutions and optimized individual components.

Read Haber’s story about the distributor’s recent developments.

1.  Datto CEO Steps Down, Follows Brother Out the Door

The departure of Austin McChord from Datto struck a note of nostalgia and sadness in partners.

The opening quote from the story illustrates the effort McChord put into the backup and disaster recovery provider. He founded the company in 2007.

“The decision I made was a very personal one. I’ve basically done Datto my entire life. It’s been a 24/7, 365 job,” McChord said. “And a life that is just Datto is not a life well-lived.”

His brother Ian, who was serving as Datto’s vice president of product management, left the company two weeks prior.

Kris Blackmon detailed the company’s succession plans and surveyed several of Datto’s surprised MSP customers.

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