August’s New Services Roundup



Plenty of big name IT/telecommunications companies rolled out new offerings last month.

Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them: CenturyLink, Level 3, Telarus, Windstream, Dell EMC and VMware, just to name a few. They run the gamut, from big telco providers, to master agents and distributors, to the giants of IT. They’re all here.

Software-defined networking continues to be a hot technology, evidenced by multiple companies announcing new SD-WAN services.

What follows are the channel’s hottest new products and services, as well as those being offered to certain groups of partners for the first time.

Scroll down and click on the arrows on the pictures to advance through the gallery! You’ll want to keep up with the latest in technology and find services that could make you more money.

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CenturyLink enhanced its private cloud service, which now combines a large-scale, interconnected network with VMware Cloud Foundation and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) server technology for hyperconverged infrastructure. CenturyLink Dedicated Cloud Compute (DCC) Foundation is an updated architecture moving to a converged, software-defined data center model aimed at helping businesses lower their total cost of ownership, deliver advanced security and simplify their operations.

Learn about CenturyLink’s private cloud service.

Level 3

Level 3 Communications unveiled a new self-serve capability as part of its Cloud Connect Solutions set. It aims to help customers maximize the potential of both the cloud and the networks connecting to it. The new Ethernet offering, known as eLynk, allows customers to host multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) on a single Ethernet virtual circuit (EVC) from their data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the AWS Direct Connect service.

Read Edward Gately’s recap of the new service.

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Verizon added Check Point Software security to itsVirtual Network Services (VNS). Verizon says it is building an “ecosystem” of technology partners that will help businesses securely deploy and control virtual networks. Verizon is also integrating Versa Networks into its software-defined networking platform.

Get details on Verizon VNS and the company’s newest SD-WAN partner.

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Telarus announced plans to enhance its free circuit monitoring offering with ticket resolution. The optional enhancement, a paid monthly service that adds an outage-resolution element to the monitoring of Telarus-sourced circuits, was created for agents who want the advantages of selling with VXSuite but may not have the resources to handle around-the-clock response and resolution responsibility.

Read about Telarus’ new offering.

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Windstream unveiled an enhanced SD-WAN offering it says includes the best of its technology and that of EarthLink, which it acquired earlier this year. Windstream also updated its UCaaS portfolio by adding Broadview Networks’ OfficeSuite paired with its SD-WAN.

Read about the addition to Windstream’s UCaaS portfolio and its enhanced SD-WAN offering.

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Master agency TBI expanded its SD-WAN lineup through a new partnership with Bigleaf Networks, the intelligent networking service. Bigleaf’s SD-WAN uses a split architecture that leverages both routers at the customer premises, as well as a dedicated gateway network built into major internet peering hubs around the country.

Read about the new technology TBI partners now can access.

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Masergy launched a managed endpoint detection and response (MEDR) service. It is designed reduce the costs and complexity of traditional endpoint detection and response solutions.

Learn about the new service.

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Tech Data

Tech Data introduced AccessEMM, a portfolio of enterprise mobility managed services that include mobile device management-as-a-service, cloud Wi-Fi, augmented reality services and wireless services. This move by Tech Data is designed to motivate more partners to offer customers subscription-based, as-a-service IT models without having to incur the risk and cost of building and executing a managed service provider (MSP) practice from scratch.

Learn about Tech Data’s new managed mobility services.

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Rackspace announced the general availability of its Private Cloud powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. The offering joins Rackspace’s OpenStack and Azure private cloud options. The company also launched Privacy and Data Protection (PDP), a security solution that protects customer information, intellectual property and other information.

Learn more about the private cloud and PDP offerings.

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Dell EMC

Dell EMC expanded its portfolio of VDI Complete Solutions: the Latitude 5280 — its latest mobile thin client; and NVIDIA virtual GPU options. The vendor also announced advances in VxRail Appliances and VxRack SDDC Systems; Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud turnkey platforms; and new VMware Ready Systems.

Read about Dell’s portfolio expansion and its hyper converged infrastructure enhancements.


VMware and Pivotal Software announced Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Container Engine (GKE) compatibility. VMware also announced that its Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) will be available on the AWS Cloud.

Learn more about the announcements from Day 1 and Day 2 of VMworld.

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Druva, the cloud protection provider, unveiled a new cloud platform that unifies services for data protection, governance and intelligence under a single control plane and data fabric. The Druva Cloud Platform can reduce the costs of data protection by more than 60 percent, the company said.

Get details on the cloud platform.


BCN Telecom became the first Windstream Wholesale service-provider partner to resell the business communications giant’s software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offering. BCN’s agents will soon be able to able to sell the service, which Windstream first launched in April. VeloCloud partnered with Windstream to design the platform.

Read the details of the reseller agreement.

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