The latest technology news, insights, and analysis from Channelnomics industry insiders:

Continuity Software Opens Door Wider for Partners

The official unveiling of the AvailabilityGuard Channel Partner Program means solution providers, VARs, and integrators can enhance their trusted advisor status and help end users achieve high levels of availability and disaster recoverability.

GFI MAX Milestone Raises Questions on RMM Models

Managed services tools vendor GFI MAX says it surpassed 10,000 users of its remote monitoring and management platform. The growth is significant, but more important is the why: The vendor is charting a course of providing a holistic platform, raising questions whether open systems still have value.

Microsoft Faces Chinese Monopoly Probe

Software giant Microsoft’s Windows unit under investigation, according to reports

Software Defined Networking gaining pace in U.S.

Opportunity is rife for the channel with 87 percent of North American firms aiming to have software defined networking (SDN) live in the data center by 2016

Record-Breaking Quarter for Smartphone Market

Smartphone market expected to continue its record-breaking run into next quarter, claims IDC

Tmaxsoft Taunts Oracle as it Eyes Global Expansion

South Korean giant TmaxSoft claims to offer a simpler and cheaper alternative to Oracle as it looks to calm “frustrations” with the tech giant

D&H Makes BDR a Priority for Channel

The distributor beefs up its backup and disaster recovery resources for integrators and their SMB customers.

Cisco Maps New Training, Certifications to Next-Gen IT

Cisco Systems is putting its heft behind new training and education programs aimed at gearing up IT professions for technology transitions.