Windstream, Avaya, AT&T Top New Services Roundup


Product announcements are getting scarcer as we approach the winter break.

Although technology companies are going M&A crazy and constantly revamping their partner programs, news on the product side slowed going into Thanksgiving.

But there were some exceptions in November.

Several stories about new offerings came out of vendors’ annual conferences. Cisco announced new collaboration capabilities at its Las Vegas Partner Summit. AT&T followed up on a security acquisition by giving partners full access to the new offerings at its Fusion Conference. AWS used its re:invent show to dole out innumerable enhancements to its cloud computing portfolio.

Scroll through the assemblage of slides below to catch up on the latest happenings in the channel.

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

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Windstream Enterprise expanding its Cloud Connect network in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The expansion is designed to meet the demands of customers who need dedicated connectivity to third-party cloud service providers (CSPs). Partners now have the ability to provide greater geodiversity/redundancy for their customers who require connectivity to multiple CSP regions, as well as the opportunity to provide the required connectivity to best meet the customers’ connectivity performance requirements.

Learn more about the expansion.
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Avaya debuted a new line of 17 different open SIP devices that work with a variety of cloud-based UC systems.

The open SIP announcement includes the latest multimedia Avaya Vantage third-generation UC devices, conferencing devices, entry-level J100 desktop phones, wireless handsets and headsets, and hospitality devices. Avaya's director of desktop experience marketing told us that the open SIP phones have open standard compatibility with multiple UCaaS systems.

Learn more about the new line.
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The managed services and connectivity provider added a text-messaging feature to its UCx hosted UC service.

The short message service (SMS) feature allows UCx users to receive a text message on their UCx phone number, and the inbound message automatically will appear in the UCx application (desktop or mobile) as a new chat conversation.

There are now more than 150,000 users of the hosted UC service.

Get details on the new feature.
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The master agent added multiple suppliers to its partner stable.

Telarus' 4,500 subagents can now sell vMOX’s mobility cost optimization and life cycle management solutions. Earlier in the month Telarus also added Thrive Networks and Sharpen Technologies for managed services and cloud contact center, respectively.

Read more about the vMOX partnership, as well as Thrive and Sharpen.
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Two AT&T Partner Solutions groups can access the portfolio of AlienVault, which AT&T acquired earlier this year.

AT&T Partner Exchange and Alliance Channel can now sell the security provider's unified security management (USM) platform. It became available to partners at the same as it became available to AT&T’s direct force. Channel Chief Zee Hussain told Channel Partners that AT&T Partner Solutions is looking for an “intersection point” with the MSPs and resellers AlienVault already has.

Read about other changes that are coming to AT&T Partner Solutions.
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Cisco added new collaboration integrations and products to bolster demand and "dissipate user disappointment."

The company updated its BroadCloud Calling platform to include integration with Webex Teams and Meetings and a new collaboration Flex Plan for service providers. Cisco is working on creating a single unified UC portfolio.

Partners and users heard Cisco talk about a cloud-first strategy at the its Partner Summit in Las Vegas.
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Amazon Web Services announced three new instance types for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

AWS said one of its new instances is powered by a new 64-bit ARM-based Graviton processor, which offers a cost savings of up to 45 percent. AWS said that the instance is ideal for scale-out workloads and is expected to be popular among educators and ARM enthusiasts.

AWS unveiled multiple new services at its re:invent conference.
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Bitdefender unveiled a public website to share threat and information warfare intelligence and report-detected election security incidents.

The Bitdefender Labs new monitoring and reporting capabilities can detect possible criminal attacks that disguise themselves within high-traffic times and deliver malware for financial gain. It can flag anomalies that might indicate bad actors intent on deceiving voters, undermining confidence or preparing an attack on election infrastructure.

Edward Gately wrote about Bitdefender in his security roundup.
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The Israeli SD-WAN vendor launched intelligent last-mile management for its SD-WAN platform.

The company said the new feature detects network performance fluctuations using continuous link profiling. This helps the Cato Cloud SD-WAN offering "proactively resolve brownouts or blackouts in access lines."

See Cato's full announcement on its website.
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FireMon unveiled the latest versions of its Security Manager and Lumeta Spectre platforms.

The platforms deliver new visibility, automation and orchestration capabilities for hybrid-cloud security and business agility. The company said the added functionality provides full visibility into enterprise attack surfaces and complete network anomaly detection.

Gately also wrote about FireMon in his security column.
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Comodo Cybersecurity has a new cloud-delivered, domain name system (DNS)-based security-as-a-service (SaaS) offering.

This new offering helps enterprises, SMBs, MSPs and channel partners block user access to harmful websites that other measures do not recognize as dangerous. Comodo Dome Shield implements a configurable web filter to check the content and reputation of sites per company IT policy.

Check out the entire security roundup Edward Gately wrote that includes Comodo.

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