Ingram Micro and Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Tianjin Tianhai will acquire Ingram Micro for $38.90 per share in an all-cash transaction with an equity value of approximately $6 billion. Upon close of the merger, Ingram Micro will become a part of HNA Group, a Hainan-based Fortune Global 500 enterprise group focused on aviation, tourism, and logistics. In 2015, HNA Group had revenue of $29 billion and nearly 180,000 employees worldwide.
After years of suffering through high-stress, break-fix sales, a VAR transitions into managed services and is now projecting double-digit revenue growth this year.
It used to be that Macs were only in schools or used at home. Today, Macs have entered the workplace and need to be managed and monitored just like PCs. With that need in mind, LOGICnow has announced the introduction of remote management capability for the Mac platform and that it has acquired Mac-MSP, a provider of Apple Mac-centric SaaS tools for MSPs. These two developments will enable MSPs using the LOGICnow platform to deliver support for both Macs and PCs, helping them to differentiate their services and support clients more effectively.
The Business Solutions ASCII Group Special Edition, Keys To MSP Success From The ASCII Group, made possible through the partnership of Business Solutions and The ASCII Group, includes articles from ASCII members on topics such as transitioning to the managed services business model, entering new vertical markets, and expanding your business to offer new solutions.
Confidence in the cloud is rising, according to the report The Cloud Balancing Act for IT: Between Promise and Peril, from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Skyhigh Networks.
An MSP sees a huge uptick in monthly billable hours with a large mortgage company after replacing the client’s image backup software with a business continuity solution.
Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in managed services, backup and recovery, and networking news, StorageCraft unveils ShadowControl v3.5, Ingram Micro expands its distribution agreement with Acronis, and PlanetOne launches the Cloud 411 Partner Program. In other news, Carbonite has entered into an agreement to acquire Evault from Seagate Technology, VaultLogix releases a long-term archive storage product, SYNNEX will distribute Atlantis Computing storage solutions, and CompTIA reports Big Data initiatives are delivering positive results for businesses.
Businesses of all types and sizes are gathering and using large amounts of digital data, whether for making decisions about efficiency, understanding consumers, or making predictions for their businesses. IT solutions providers that understand the drivers behind this trend and can deliver and support Big Data solutions stand to capitalize on it.
The business continuity/backup and disaster recovery (BDR) category continues to be one of the largest, most competitive fields in our survey. Of 69 vendors, four scored high enough to be named Best Channel Vendors. Of those, three were repeat winners and one (scale computing) was new. Just as with last year, the scores in this category were consistently higher than those of most other categories, evidence that the vendors in this field are pushing hard for excellence.
It pays to shop around. The Cloud Price Index (CPI) update released last month by 451 Research compared costs for using one cloud provider for all cloud services with shopping for the best price for each cloud service or application.