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Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc., announced yesterday it will begin offering Cisco and IBM’s new VersaStack solution in Latin America.

“VersaStack provides a valuable framework that our partners can use to capitalize on the vast opportunities in the integrated infrastructure market,” said Carlos Homps, director of solutions, marketing and sales acceleration, Avnet Technology Solutions, Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Avnet team has proven expertise in bringing complex, multi-vendor integrated systems to life, and we look forward to helping our channel partners continue to evolve and grow in this market space.”

According to Avnet Technology Solutions, key benefits of the solution to Latin American channel partners include channel focus and backing by Cisco Validated Design reference architectures.

More information about VersaStack is available here.

Quick Heal Technologies Earns Advanced IT Security Rating

IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies announced today it earned an advanced rating from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing authority focused exclusively on security software.

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“Certification by AV-Comparatives represents an official seal of approval that is globally recognized,” said Farokh Karani, Director - North America, Sales and Channels, Quick Heal Technologies. “As we enter the North American market, the advanced rating from this highly respected testing organization gives our technology immediate credibility and reinforces the Quick Heal brand as a name our customers and channel partners can trust.”

The file detection test results indicated Quick Heal was on par with industry companies including ESET and Panda and ahead of vendors AVG and Trend Micro.

Quick Heal offers information on partnership opportunities here.

Microsoft Canada announced today further expansion across North America with plans to deliver Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Toronto and Quebec City in 2016. Microsoft

Delivering these services from data centers on Canada increases possibilities for companies that have strict data storage compliance codes and addresses data residency considerations for customers and partners of all sizes now using cloud computing.

"Soon, the Microsoft Cloud will be truly Canadian," said Kevin Turner, Worldwide Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft, who traveled to Toronto to make the announcement. "This substantial investment in a Canadian cloud demonstrates how committed we are to bringing even more opportunity to Canadian businesses and government organizations, helping them fully realize the cost savings and flexibility of the cloud. According to IDC, total public cloud spend in Canada is projected to grow to $2.5 billion by next year. The fastest growth will be from public cloud infrastructure with a strong 45 percent increase by 2016.”

Azure is anticipated to be generally available in early 2016, while O365 and Dynamics CRM Online are expected later in 2016.

cisco and intel seriesBig data and analytics are shaping business technology development and trends, and Intel and Cisco have teamed to deliver the complimentary three-event Big Data and Analytics Virtual Conference Series.

The series, led by subject matter experts and innovators, is designed to teach attendees how to identify new opportunities and best combine hardware, services and software.

The three events, “Data Warehouse Optimization,” “Operational Analytics” and “Business Analytics,” will take place June 17, Sept. 9 and Oct. 7, respectively, and all events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT.

Registration is available here.

Win10 July Availability Announced

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Coming in ahead of schedule, Microsoft announced general availability (GA) for its highly-anticipated Windows 10 desktop operating system as of July 29, 2015. This is significant, as I had heard Windows 10 was going to release-to-manufacturing (RTM) in July 2015 and that suggested that GA would have been late August or early September.

Here is the flaw in my old-school RTM thinking: In an agile cloud-based world, there is NO manufacturing to worry about. The product will be downloadable for installation on desktops, laptops and tablets July 29. I’m still checking on when Windows Phones will receive Windows 10.

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With retail SKUs gone gone gone, there isn’t the whole MRP-based manufacturing cycle to contend with (think about packaging, etc.). July 29 is it for consumers. I’ve been running Windows 10 on a gest machine and it’s a #win, in that it’s not Windows 8 LOL. Much more context surrounds Windows 10 that I can’t go into know, but interested readers can attend one of five independent Windows 10 pilot workshops in June produced by SMB Nation with Onuora Amobi (Windows 10 Update editor) as the lead presenter and subject matter expert. Early today, Onuora broke the news here:

Learn more and sign up for the tour here:

Finally, the small matter of OEMs and devices remains. I’m hearing that it will be 4Q before OEMs such as Lenovo ship devices with Windows 10. That’s fine, as it’s the holiday shopping season and past the summer vacation season. Windows 10 will miss the back to school surges in August and September, but that’s OK in the grand scheme of things. One other positive is that our 13th annual fall conference October 1-3 at Microsoft Redmond will feature Windows 10 as a pillar conversation and should offer OEM device bars available for attendees to play with.

PS – the official Microsoft announcement about Windows 10 and its general availability July 29 can be found here: