Channel Beat: Lenovo Teams With DataCore; Microsoft Azure Has Storage Issues; Procera Networks Hires Tom Carter

Here's a look at the latest channel news and trends in this week's Channel Beat.

Lenovo this week took steps to reinforce its software-defined storage strategy by unveiling a new OEM agreement with DataCore Software, through which it will integrate DataCore's SANsymphony software-defined storage with Lenovo servers. The deal comes as Lenovo prepares for the end of its data center storage technology partnership with Nimble Storage, which is being acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Lenovo recently lost its partnership with SimpliVity after HPE acquired the hyper-convergence upstart in February. Solution providers said Lenovo needs to beef up its long-term storage strategy to go deeper into the data center. 

Solution providers said "storage availability" issues affecting Microsoft's Azure public cloud for over 8 hours this week are once again spotlighting the benefits of private and hybrid cloud solutions.

Microsoft said its engineering team identified a "storage cluster that lost power and became unavailable" as the preliminary cause of the storage issues which affected the Eastern U.S.

The Azure outage comes about two weeks after Amazon Web Services' public cloud storage service was hit by a four-hour outage that disrupted service to several high-profile websites. 

Procera Networks has hired former F5 Networks sales leader Tom Carter as the new senior vice president of global sales and services for the telecom software provider.

Carter will be responsible for extending Procera's virtualization and cloud offerings on a global scale, as well as driving the vendor's overall sales objectives.

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