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CenturyLink Partners Seen Benefiting From New Big Data-As-A-Service Solution

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Sept. 23.)

CenturyLink says it's developing a big data-as-a-service solution with data management and analytics provider Cloudera that could drive more value to the telecom giant's partners and its customers.

Partners Applaud Joint Cisco-Salesforce Effort On IoT, Unified Communications

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Sept. 22.)

Partners of Cisco Systems are applauding the vendor's decision to combine Internet of Things and unified communications technologies with Salesforce in new joint offerings.

The partners believe the alliance will help drive channel sales in the emerging IoT and transitioning UC markets.

Talk Back On LinkedIn: Midmarket Security Opportunities

If you're a managed security service provider, are you seeing more opportunities in the midmarket? And how should you land business from a referral customer? These are just two new posts this week on IT Best Of Breed's LinkedIn page, and we invite you to weigh in.

Keeping Midmarket Customers Secure

MSSPs Can Be Critical For Midmarket's Security Needs, Gartner Analyst Says

(NOTE: This story was originally posted to Sept. 20.)

Managed security service providers can be key in helping resource-limited midmarket companies secure their data, a Gartner analyst told a group of corporate information technology leaders this week.

Brian Reed, research director of data security for Gartner, said Tuesday that midmarket firms should consider managed security service providers to handle some of their security functions.

Blog Roundup: The Cloud And Your Customer

As cloud technologies gradually consume a greater percentage of IT spending, how should businesses use them? Manage them?

This blog roundup highlights four recent posts by solution providers that can answer some of those questions and enhance your understanding of cloud migration and management efforts among your customers – and your would-be customers.

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