NEWS GRAB: Latest from Kaseya, StorageCraft, ComOps, Akamai, Veeam, Interactive Intelligence, UberGlobal, BMC, VCE, and Rdio

Weekly news wrap-up, including appointments, partnerships, solution integrations, and expansions

Kaseya and StorageCraft OEM partnership

As part of a new OEM partnership, Kaseya will be using StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect as part of its own systems management software.

Kasey is a provider of automated IT systems management software.

StorageCraft is a software company that develops backup, disaster recovery, system migration, and data protection solutions for servers, desktops, and laptops.

ShadowProtect, as a disaster recovery and data protection solution, handles server and desktop environments, including the operation system and applications like Microsoft Exhange and SQL.

The solution provides VirtualBoot technology, designed for failover to a virtual machine, as well as virtual converter to convert backups into virtual machines.

“The combination of our technologies will provide customers with a wide variety of integrated solutions that will help reduce downtime, improve stability and accessibility to their data and systems,” said Kaseya executive vice-president, Jim Alves.

Kaseya aims to unveil a new module in Q2 2012 based on ShadowProtect technology. Existing customers who use the solution will be able to bring it under central management for the Kaseya web-based interface.

ComOps appoints two independent non-executive directors

Business software products and services provider, ComOps has appointed Tim Cavill and Murray Creighton as independent non-executive board directors.

Cavill is currently International SOS A/NZ regional general manager, and has over 25 years of industry experience spanning across IT, telecommunications, professional services and health.

Creighton, with more than 35 years experience in the IT industry with a focus on enterprise software and services solutions, has held roles in sales management, as well as general management and senior executive positions.

His previous roles include Siebel Systems APAC and Japan vice-president, and PeopleSoft APAC and Japan senior vice-president.

ComOps managing director, Richard Bradley, said, “Cavill and Creighton have tremendous industry experience and proven track records in driving momentum, achieving success, and capitalising on market opportunities.”

“We look forward to the benefit that their business insight and industry execution of corporate strategies will bring to ComOps moving forward.”

Akamai acquires Blaze in cash transaction

Cloud platform Akamai Technologies has acquired Blaze Software, a provider of front-end optimisation (FEO) technology, in a cash transaction.

Blaze provides technology designed to automatically optimise the code on a web page during the delivery process to ensure faster transmission of content and rendering, and Akamai plans to integrate this technology into its global cloud platform.

As a cloud-based service that requires no software or code changes by the customer, Blaze’s offering is designed to work with any website.

Blaze CEO, Michael Weider, said, “Our technology is aimed at reducing the number of requests required to load a page, reducing the size of each request, and improving the browser rendering experience for our customers.”

Akamai products and development executive vice-president, Rick McConnell, said, “We believe Blaze has developed a powerful solution for front-end optimisation, and that its cloud-based services approach is synergistic with Akamai’s offerings.”

The acquisition is expected to complement Akamai’s site acceleration solutions with technology designed to optimise the speed at which a web page is rendered, regardless of the end user device.

Veeam One now supports Hyper-V

The Veeam Software ONE Solution for VMware now incorporates support for Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Veeam Software is a data protection solutions provider.

Built from Veeam Monitor, Reporter, and Business View, ONE v6, which includes real-time monitoring, documentation, and management reporting, is targeted at SMBs who work under budget and staff constraints.

The solution brings capabilities to Hyper-V that address critical virtualisation challenges, including efficient allocation of resources, documentation of virtual infrastructures, and management of performance, utilisation and workload.

“Organisations are continuing rapid adoption of Windows Server Hyper-V. This is reflected in the interest we have seen for our Hyper-V support in Veeam Backup and Replication,” said Veeam president and CEO, Ratmir Timashev. “Now that we are extending this support to Veeam One, we are able to offer a comprehensive management and data protection solution for Hyper-V.

Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst, Mark Bowker, said, “Veeam One extends its value across a hetergenous IT environment by leveraging existing skill sets, enabling IT to rapidly change or expand hypervisor platforms with a high degree of confidence.”

As a framework-independent solution, it monitors more than 60 metrics, and offer granular alarms that pinpoint the virtual machine on which an alert is occurring, with integrated monitoring of Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs).

As part of v6, One includes new features that enhance its ease-of-use and offer more powerful virtualisation management capabilities.

The solution is available as both a standalone product, or as part of Veeam Essentials and Veeam Management Suite.

Interactive Intelligence’s APAC regional channel award winners for 2011

Unified IP business communications solutions provider, Interactive Intelligence, has granted its APAC regional channel awards for 2011 to key A/NZ partners.

Australian-owned ISO-certified innovator and provider of integrated contact centre, unified messaging, and cloud solutions, CPS Technology Group, was announced the best performing partner in terms of revenue achievement.

New Zealand’s Amtel Communications won the award for Best Support Partner, and Communications Australia was awarded Rookie Partner of the Year.

The entry criteria included technical and sales certifications, product competencies, year-over-year growth, achievements against measurable objectives in areas such as software revenue percentage of new business earned January 1 to December 21, 2011, as well as partners’ overall commitment to Interactive Intelligence.

UberGlobal and Parallels extend partnership

Web service provider, UberGlobal has expanded its partnership with hosting and cloud services enablement provider, Parallels.

UberGlobal is deploying Parallels Automation software to deliver a variety of new cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), targeted at SMBs, government organisations, and enterprises in the Australian market.

UberGlobal CEO, Michael McGoogan, said, “The partnership is a natural fit for us. Parallels offers a simple and accessible way to provide our business customers with a wide array of hosted software services in an increasingly competitive cloud services market.”

BMC and VCE integrate solutions

BMC Software and VCE have come together to address the growing market demand for converged infrastructures in cloud computing projects.

The integration of BMC’s business-centric cloud management solutions and VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform aims to help joint customers for BMC and VCE automate their management of comprehensive cloud infrastructures.

The companies will enhance the interoperability and integration of their products and work together to promote and offer their solutions in the market.

Collaboration will also occur across other areas of the BMC Business Service Management platform, including BMC’s ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite.

VCE president, Frank Hauck, said that the integration “will enable them to focus more of their attention and resources on using the cloud to deliver better IT services, faster and at lower costs than traditional datacentre models.”

Rdio enters Spain and Portugal

Rdio, the digital on-demand music service, has announced further expansion, extending its availability to Spain and Portugal.

Rdio, now available in eight countries, provides access to over 12 million songs from global artists.

Rdio CEO, Drew Larner, said, “International expansion has always been a part of the Rdio roadmap as we share the DNA and relationships of our founders who turned Skype into an international success.”

A core element of the service is built-in social interaction, which allows users to discover what music insiders are listening to regardless of geographical location, thus creating a network to explore popular music and create joint playlists.

“Rdio’s philosophy is that music is inherently social, global and everywhere you want to be. This is why we are delighted to bring it to new countries like Spain and Portugal.”

The move follows the recent Australian launch