New Services Roundup: Windstream, Microsoft, 8×8, Comcast



Some big names added to their portfolios in July.

The summer isn’t known as the time of year for big product launches, but large vendors are pressing through the dog days with enhancements and additions to their offerings.

Windstream added to its SD-WAN platform, 8×8 rolled out a new unified communications platform, and Microsoft added networking and security tools to Azure. Almost all of the new products bill themselves as cloud-based.

Scroll through the gallery below to learn what new products and services are available to agents, resellers, managed service providers, system integrators and consultants.

Missed last month’s gallery? Check out the June edition.


Windstream Enterprise announced a new offering for its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) platform.

The company says SD-WAN Cloud Connect creates an important integration between two pre-existing offerings: its Concierge SD-WAN managed service and its Cloud Connect cloud access solution. VMWare’s VeloCloud unit, with which Windstream has been partnering for SD-WAN, powers the offering.

We wrote about the new product.

The company introduced its X Series, which it says is the first cloud platform that combines voice, video, collaboration and contact center. 

X Series aims to help companies transform enterprise communications with one cloud solution for voice, video conferencing, contact center, team messaging and collaboration across mobile and desktop devices.

8x8 first introduced the platform in March but has now made it generally available.

Read more about the X Series.

The managed services and connectivity provider unveiled a package of bundled managed services designed to give businesses one-stop shopping for applications that support business growth. 

TPx Complete includes: UCx unified communications; MSx managed SD-WAN; MSx managed firewalls; managed 4G-LTE failover; MSx managed endpoints; and Virtual Fax cloud-based inbound and outbound faxing. TPx Complete aims to support businesses which have 100 workers or fewer at individual locations, connecting work groups anywhere with their colleagues, customers and information.

Get details on the bundle.

Also new from TPx is a managed security suite that includes managed firewall, endpoint and backup/disaster recovery services. The company opened its security operations center in St. Louis last summer with this offering in mind.

Read more about the security suite.
Comcast Business

Comcast Business has a new mobile application that employees can use to stream live TV from their phones.

The Xfinity Stream for Business can be accessed through the smartphone/tablet app or on a PC through an online portal. A business login lets owners control access and usage for their employees.

Read Comcast's full announcement.

Frontier Communications launched a cloud-based UCaaS offering for SMB and enterprise customers.

Frontier AnyWare is hosted, provided and supported by Frontier Business to deliver enterprise-level collaboration tools for businesses of any size. Frontier said it's evaluating bringing the UCaaS offering into its channel program before the end of the year.

Learn more about AnyWare UCaaS.

IT management software provider SolarWinds acquired Trusted Metrics to security monitoring to its IT management portfolio.

The new security software product, SolarWinds Threat Monitor, is an automated tool designed to reduce the complexity of threat detection for IT operations teams, as well as for MSPs and MSSPs. Threat Monitor can detect suspicious activity and malware, identifying the danger signals amid the noise of a normal network, according to SolarWinds.

Edward Gately has the story.

Unified communications provider CallTower added a new billing-as-a-service (BaaS) platform for its white-label partners.

The platform is designed to assist partners with real-time reporting and tax management. CallTower’s BaaS platform aims to make it easy for white-label partners to build orders and convert those orders into customers, the company said.

Get details on CallTower's new offering.
Dell EMC

The DP4400, the latest integrated data protection appliance (IDPA), expands the vendor’s portfolio that up until now catered to enterprise customers.

Dell's new offering was 18 months in the making and exposes Dell EMC channel partners to a new, broad opportunity with SMBs and the midmarket — as well as the remote, or branch, office. Dell EMC said the new DP4400 offers converged data protection — backup, deduplication, replication and recovery, disaster recovery and long-term retention to the cloud.

Read Lynn Haber's story about the announcement.

The company announced Azure virtual WAN and Azure firewall.

The first is a networking service for automated branch-to-branch connectivity to and through Azure. It provides the mechanisms to connect traditional customer routers on premises as well as an expanding ecosystem of new software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).

Azure firewall is a cloud-native network-security service designed to protect Azure virtual network resources.

Lynn Haber has the story.

Cloud distributor Pax8 announced its fee-based Wingman Professional Services program for managed service providers (MSPs) looking for help with Azure implementations.

Wingman Professional Services provide MSPs access to Pax8 cloud architects and engineers to help with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) planning, assessment, design, migration, customization, and optimizing cloud solutions. Pax8’s goal is to educate partners in the process so that down the road MSPs build the skills and knowledge to eventually build out their cloud practices.

Read the full article from Lynn Haber.

Also new for Pax8 MSPs are data protection and business continuity services via an agreement the cloud distributor signed with Axcient/eFolder. Get the full scoop on those here.

Cybersecurity vendor McAfee launched a new security portfolio focused on simplified management, stronger Windows security, analytics and coverage for Android and IOS devices.

The portfolio includes Mvision ePO (ePolicy Orchestrator), endpoint and mobile. ePO is a cloud-based SaaS service that offers a centralized point of view and comprehension.

Learn about the other two components of McAfee's new portfolio.
Welcome sign at ChannelCon 2018

AlienVault, soon to be part of the AT&T family, just added endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities to its unified security management platform, USM Anywhere.

The platform is powered by continuous threat intelligence from the AlienVault Labs security research team, which the company says allows it to detect aggressive threats, especially those designed to evade detection by traditional perimeter security and signature-based detection techniques.

This is where to learn more.

Bitdefender unveiled three products designed to help MSPs take advantage of rapid growth in demand for advanced threat prevention, detection, investigation and response services.

Bitdefender Cloud Security for MSP now includes patch management, advanced threat security (with HyperDetect and Sandbox Analyzer), and endpoint detection and response (EDR). MSPs can deploy and manage the new products along with antivirus/antimalware protection, content control, device control, MS-Exchange security, full-disk encryption, virtualization and cloud security.

Read the company's vice president of worldwide channel development had to say.

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