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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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Better backup and recovery in a hybrid world

Mark Jow, EMEA Vice President - Sales Engineering, Commvault, talks through the success of the company’s Metallic Software-as-a-Service Backup offering, a year on from the European launch, as well detailing the AWS availability of Commvault Backup & Recovery, and providing some great insight into a recent customer win at Syncreon.

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Helping the Channel negotiate the BC/DR ‘maze’

Richard May, Managing Director of virtualDCS, offers some great insights as to the challenges and opportunities for the Channel as it seeks to help its customers address their business continuity/disaster recovery needs. In a market where many continue to hold on to the ‘comfort’ of legacy applications, Richard believes that the virtualDCS CloudCover solutions portfolio, built around the company’s longstanding partnership with Veeam, offers a great opportunity for Channel companies to make a real difference when it comes to providing optimised BC/DR.

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Apple devices in the security spotlight - Addigy interview

Addigy’s Founder and CEO, Jason Dettbarn, explains how Apple devices are attracting increasing levels of security attacks, and what measures the company takes to counter these threats, as well as outlining how Addigy can help its customers to be confident and secure when using its Apple-based solutions.

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The Cloud continues to dominate

Dob Todorov, CEO and Co-founder of HeleCloud, talks though the company’s recent acquisition by SoftwareONE - optimistic that both organisations and their respective customer bases will see some major benefits as the Cloud continues to grow in importance as the post-pandemic business world seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of hybrid digital transformation.

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Edge takes centre stage for Proximity

John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.

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Sustainable digital infrastructure in the spotlight

Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.

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The importance of building services around skills - Node4

Andy Slater, Director (Azure Practice / N4Stack) at Node4 Ltd, talks about the twin hybrid opportunities for the Channel – hybrid IT and the hybrid workplace, emphasising the importance of providing the expertise and value which customers are not able to find within their own organisations.

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A powerful cloud combination for the Channel - PAX8 & Resello

Harald Nuij, Managing Director of Resello, talks about the company’s recent acquisition by Pax8, a global cloud management platform provider. The combination of Resello’s technology portfolio and Pax8’s MSP-focused platform, alongside their shared vision of accelerating cloud growth, provides a number of benefits for channel organisations of all sizes wishing to expand and improve their own cloud-based customer solutions.

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Be the best at what you do, and understand what you don’t do

Terry Storrar, Managing Director UK at Leaseweb, provides some valuable advice for the Channel as it seeks to address the challenges and opportunities resulting from more and more customers moving to the ‘pay as you use’ model, and for individual companies to distinguish themselves in such a competitive market.

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Talking cyber protection - Acronis and Resello

Ciaran Bolger, Sales Director Strategic Business - Europe - Acronis, talks through the company's Cyber Protect Cloud solution, and how cloud distributors like Resello support MSPs to meet their clients' security requirements.

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News

Innovation enhances efficiency and functionality for Dev-Ops real-time analytics.
Veeam unveils the results of its 2022 Ransomware Trends Report at VeeamON 2022, finds that cyber criminals are successfully encrypting an average of 47% of production data and victims are only able to recover 69% of impacted data.
Vivacity Labs sensors deployed to monitor the change in pedestrian footfall in retail areas and the change in vehicle yield rates at informal crossings.
Global cloud leader opens new sustainable data centre to meet growing demands for digital transformation.

Expert Opinions

Three Key Considerations for Adopting a Hybrid IT Model By Nick Sewell, UK Head of Software Development, Expleo.
Hybrid IT: Implementing a Strategic Roadmap with Cloud Innovation By Michael D'Onofrio, CEO at Orbus Software.
How to apply an effective hybrid cloud strategy By Bruce Kelley, CTO and SVP at NETSCOUT.
Rock the boat By Adrian McGrath, Client Partner and Strategic Digital Transformation Lead at UST.