LinkedIn Lets Users Showcase Samples of Work on Their Profiles

LinkedIn | February 24, 2020

A new addition to LinkedIn profiles will allow users to highlight samples of their work for others to see.
In this new ‘Featured’ section, users can include work samples such as: LinkedIn posts that you’ve created or re-shared. Articles that you’ve authored and published on LinkedIn. Links to external websites, for example your personal blog or portfolio. Media that you can upload, for example your images, documents, presentations, and videos.

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Blancco Named Sustainability Innovator of the Year at Channel Partner Insight’s US MSP Innovation Awards

Blancco | June 03, 2022

Blancco Technology Group (LON: BLTG), the industry standard in data erasure and mobile lifecycle solutions, today announced that the company has been named Channel Partner Insight‘s Sustainability Innovator of the Year in the 2022 U.S. MSP Innovation Awards. The award competition celebrates dynamic companies who are serving as extraordinary examples of success in the American managed services market. “We want to shine a spotlight on those in our industry who are already leading from the front in a fast-paced, highly ambitious field,” said CPI Editor Nima Sherpa Green. “We want to shine a spotlight on those in our industry who are already leading from the front in a fast-paced, highly ambitious field,” said CPI Editor Nima Sherpa Green. “What we’ve seen over the last year has shown us that more than ever, being innovative is a real differentiator for progress. Entries were extremely competitive, and those who won did so by proving they are truly galvanizing the channel to advance into new opportunities and growth. On behalf of the whole Channel Partner Insight team, I would like to share my warm congratulations to each and every winner in the U.S. MSP Innovation Awards 2022.” The U.N. has set a target to increase e-waste recycling to 30% by 2023 – a vital goal as toxic substances such as mercury, BFR, and CFS are found in many types of electronics and pose severe risk to human health. Unfortunately, organizations worldwide contribute to this problem, as many old devices are physically destroyed to prevent sensitive data from being recovered and used for malicious purposes. With sustainability objectives aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, Blancco enables secure erasure of data bearing assets, which allows organizations to reduce physical destruction of devices, keep functional hardware in the circular economy, and minimize carbon emissions. In Blancco’s recent ESG report, the company shared that it had securely sanitized 54.5 million devices using its software in FY21. This translates to a potential e-waste saving of 150 million pounds and carbon savings of 12.4 billion pounds. To put these figures into context, one iPhone 12 Pro 512GB has carbon emissions of 242.5 pounds over its lifetime, with only 13% of the emissions from usage and the remaining footprint coming from manufacture, packaging, and transportation. All equipment sanitized by Blancco is safe for reuse or recycling with a certificate of erasure and a guarantee of compliance with global data security standards, thereby enabling organizations to find alternatives to destruction and meet their ESG goals. “Blancco is increasingly seeing a trickle-down effect whereby sustainability pushes people, people push buyers, and buyers push companies to reduce the impact of the technology industry on the planet,” said Christina Walker, Global Director of Channel at Blancco. “The IT channel plays a major role supporting customers’ efforts to build more sustainable businesses as growing numbers of channel partners hold subcontractors to account by requesting evidence of the work they are doing to mitigate and reduce their carbon footprint and employ more sustainable models of data and device lifecycle management. At Blancco, we are proud of how we help organizations meet their ESG objectives and honored to have been selected as the CPI Sustainability Innovator of the Year.” Blancco is among the first recipients of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Green Economy Mark, an accreditation awarded to companies listed on the LSE’s main and AIM markets that generate at least 50% of total annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the green economy. Blancco was also recently named a winner in the Sustainable Service category of the 2021 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards, an honor given to companies that showcase innovative services that set a new standard for sustainability. About Blancco Technology Group Blancco Technology Group (AIM: BLTG) provides organizations with secure, compliant, and automated solutions that accelerate the transition to the circular economy. Each year, tens of millions of Blancco erasures allow top-tier organizations to protect end-of-life data against unauthorized access, safely redeploy data storage assets, and firmly comply with increased data protection and privacy requirements. Our precise device diagnostics help move used IT assets confidently into the circular economy, enabling enterprises, IT asset disposition (ITAD) vendors and recyclers, and mobile industry stakeholders to operate more sustainably. Globally approved, recommended and certified by governing and industry bodies around the world, Blancco is the industry standard in data erasure and mobile lifecycle solutions. With 35+ patented or patent-pending ideas, we continue to grow the number of innovative solutions global companies can rely on to accelerate operations, secure their data, and grow their businesses. Read more about us at www.blancco.com.

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CTERA Announces Strategic Partnership with Wasabi Technologies to Bring Secure Cloud File Services to the Mid-Market

CTERA | May 25, 2022

CTERA, the leader in edge-to-cloud file services, announced a new partnership with Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, to provide integrated file and object data service for mid-sized companies. The new offering combines CTERA’s global file system technology with Wasabi’s scalable and cost-effective object storage, in simple service bundles designed for rapid delivery and support by channel partners. Companies of all sizes struggle to close IT gaps as they shift from traditional workplace models to new post-pandemic hybrid environments. Cloud object storage introduces unparalleled levels of scale and cost-efficiency relative to traditional NAS systems but requires a layer of file services to serve remote sites in a secure and performant manner. The CTERA file services platform connects the cloud with on-premises locations and roaming users over a single namespace using edge filers and endpoint agents that provide local caching and end-to-end encryption. In addition, the solution provides centralized management from a multi-tenant portal that allows IT admins and service companies to automate deployments and remotely manage their data with minimal operational overhead. The new offering packages CTERA file services with Wasabi’s cloud object service in simple, consumption-based bundles that are easy to procure and expand on-demand, with no hidden costs or egress fees, and includes the following main capabilities: Integrated file and object cloud service – CTERA’s Global File System creates a single global namespace for all files and delivers infinite cloud storage leveraging a cost-effective object storage repository powered by Wasabi. Edge Filers for fast local SMB/NFS access - CTERA Edge Filers use smart caching to accelerate file access speeds for remote users, ensure availability even when disconnected from the cloud, and enable users to maintain familiar workflows. Ransomware protection and disaster recovery – CTERA’s Global File System helps eliminate the risk of data loss by allowing organizations to recover “locked” data within minutes, avoiding downtime, and remaining assured that sensitive information is never exposed to hackers. By combining enterprise-grade antivirus and threat protection and a zero-trust architecture, CTERA delivers the industry’s most effective ransomware mitigation and business continuity solution. Automated data discovery and migration from legacy NAS – CTERA Migrate is a built-in data migration engine that provides data discovery and automated import of file shares from legacy NAS systems, streamlining enterprise cloud transformation initiatives that otherwise might be hindered by the complexity and cost overhead of data migration from legacy systems. "One of the greatest challenges facing a design agency is predicting and scaling our storage infrastructure. Images and video files take up lots of space - a single project may require hundreds of them," said James Payne, Technology Director, Glenn Davis Group. "CTERA's global file system paired with Wasabi's object storage delivers on-prem performance to handle the demands of a big project while protecting historical files and stale data in a vast, encrypted cloud container. Add to that mix an elegant web interface for anywhere access to all our information, including endpoint backups, and we have the perfect solution to address the evolving needs of our organization." "CTERA has been delivering cloud file services for large enterprises for many years, We are excited to partner with Wasabi to deliver our technology to the mid-market, enabling CTERA and Wasabi resellers to leverage our extensive multi-tenant portal capabilities to deliver much-needed managed data services to their customers." Oded Nagel, Chief Strategy Officer of CTERA "Our partnership with CTERA is a great example of how a leading application vendor can leverage Wasabi to create a better-together offer," said Mark Vella, Vice President, Global Business Development, Wasabi Technologies. "The tightly integrated solution and provisioning experience delivers a user-friendly Cloud File Management and Storage solution for both partners and customers without the complexity or high costs. We are thrilled to be working with CTERA and growing our global presence together." About CTERA CTERA is the leader in edge-to-cloud file services, powering more than 50,000 sites and millions of corporate users. CTERA delivers a cloud-native global file system over public or private object storage, with a rich data services ecosystem that enables enterprises to gain full control of their data environment for optimal edge performance, granular security, data insight, and governance. About Wasabi Technologies Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an unlimited amount of data at 1/5th the price of the competition with no complex tiers or unpredictable egress fees. Trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technology's fastest-growing and most visionary companies. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi has secured nearly $275 million in funding to date and is a privately held company based in Boston. Wasabi is a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox, and the Official Cloud Storage Partner of Liverpool Football Club and the Boston Bruins.

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Hippo Announces Mortgage Partner Channel and Launches Proactive Home Protection in Massachusetts

Hippo | June 28, 2022

Hippo (NYSE: HIPO): Hippo Insurance Services today announced the expansion of its mortgage partner channel, as well as availability of its home insurance products in Massachusetts. Hippo provides loan originator and servicer partner’s customers with a seamless home insurance purchasing experience. More than a dozen mortgage lenders and servicers now combine to help over 7 million customers nationwide that finance their homes each year. Home insurance is a critical step in the mortgage purchase process, with 80% of buyers needing financing, and 100% of lenders requiring proof of home insurance coverage before closing. Hippo’s mortgage partner channel provides each lender’s customers with a simple and fast way to purchase modern home insurance coverage. Customers receive tailored, purchase-ready insurance quotes in seconds without needing to answer lengthy questionnaires, and can complete the entire purchase process with Hippo in as little as four minutes. That’s compared to other providers who can take up to 30 minutes, and often require answering upwards of 70 questions, just to provide a quote. “Since launching our mortgage partner channel as a pilot over a year ago, we have collaborated with an ever-growing list of leading lenders and servicing companies. Together we can deliver a seamless home insurance purchase experience that alleviates some of the stress felt by homebuyers, and helps existing homeowners find better coverage faster,” said Rick McCathron, CEO and President of Hippo. “Since launching our mortgage partner channel as a pilot over a year ago, we have collaborated with an ever-growing list of leading lenders and servicing companies. Together we can deliver a seamless home insurance purchase experience that alleviates some of the stress felt by homebuyers, and helps existing homeowners find better coverage faster,” said Rick McCathron, CEO and President of Hippo. “We expect the channel to become one of our key pillars for growth, as consumers look more and more to digital avenues to address their home ownership needs.” Hippo products are becoming increasingly available across the U.S., currently reaching 94% of the U.S. population in 40 states with the addition of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now access Hippo’s proactive protection offerings such as modern home insurance coverage, company-provided smart home devices like those from SimpliSafe, and Hippo Home Care. Scott Braun, Chief Growth Officer at SimpliSafe, adds, “As a Boston-based organization, we’re thrilled to see Hippo expand into Massachusetts and be able to offer the benefits of our Smart Home Insurance program to local homeowners. Together, we’re helping to provide consumers with peace of mind and protection from potential damages.” Hippo is transforming the home insurance industry with proactive, consumer-focused products and services. To learn more about Hippo’s insurance offerings or to get a quote, visit hippo.com. About Hippo Hippo is protecting the joy of homeownership, helping to safeguard customers’ most important financial asset by harnessing the power of real-time data, smart home technology, and a growing suite of home services to deliver proactive home protection. Hippo Holdings Inc. operating subsidiaries include Hippo Insurance Services, Hippo Home Care, First Connect Insurance Services, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Spinnaker Specialty Insurance Company, and Mainsail Insurance Company. Hippo Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various affiliated and unaffiliated insurance companies. For more information, including licensing details, visit http://www.hippo.com.

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Versa Networks ACE Partner Program Wins 2022 Visionary Spotlight Award for Channel Deployments of the Year

Versa Networks | July 13, 2022

Versa Networks, the recognized secure access service edge (SASE) leader, today announced that ChannelVision Magazine has named its Versa ACE (Accelerate, Captivate, Engage) Partner Program as a winner of the 2022 Overall Excellence Visionary Spotlight Award in the Channel Deployments of the Year awards category. This year’s honorees are recognized for innovative solutions and their commitment to adapt to a changing workplace. “We are honored to present Versa Networks with a 2022 Overall Excellence Visionary Spotlight Award in the Channel Deployments of the Year awards category,” said Beka Business Media president and CEO Berge Kaprelian. “We are honored to present Versa Networks with a 2022 Overall Excellence Visionary Spotlight Award in the Channel Deployments of the Year awards category,” said Beka Business Media president and CEO Berge Kaprelian. “The competition this year will be remembered for the applicants’ unique approaches to solving issues and creating solutions that answer the call of partners and end users. We had a record number of total entries, which made this year’s competition tougher than ever.” Launched in early 2021 to address the rapid growth in SASE, the Versa ACE Partner Program is the company’s formal global channel partner program for VARs, SIs, SPs and MSPs. The program expands the ecosystem of highly engaged Versa partners delivering unique customer value through the differentiated Versa SASE and Versa Titan solutions. The program provides formalized sales, pre-sales, and technical training focused on enabling partners to build specialties and become SASE Specialized and/or Titan Specialized. The program offers partners the industry’s first SASE accreditation. Versa ACE partners are rewarded for achieving competency and expertise in their specialty areas and are eligible for discounts, sales and marketing benefits to open new revenue opportunities. “The Versa ACE Partner Program educates and equips partners around the industry’s leading SASE solution available to deliver the best secure access deployments for their clients,” said John Atchison, Head of Global Channel Marketing with Versa. “It is an honor to be recognized for channel deployments of the year with this Visionary Spotlight Award. Our comprehensive program enables partners to capitalize on the rapidly growing SASE market opportunity and become their clients’ full-service provider of the industry’s leading SASE solutions. Versa ACE partners benefit from a program structure which fosters a synergistic relationship for growth, new opportunities, and prosperity both today and into the future.” The Versa ACE Partner Program provides partners with a ramp to revenue plan which enables them to quickly onboard and successfully start generating pipeline within 90 days. Included in the ramp-up resources is enablement through Versa Academy, a global learning platform. The program structure requires that partners complete the prescriptive sales, pre-sales and technical training and certifications to successfully facilitate customer engagements that deliver unique customer value. The program was created to generate new recurring revenue opportunities and increase profitability and margins through the creation of new partner value-added services, enabling partners to differentiate themselves from their competitors. For more information or to join the Versa ACE Partner Program, visit https://versa-networks.com/partners/. Versa SASE delivers tightly integrated services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both via Versa Operating System (VOS™) with a Single-Pass Parallel Processing architecture and managed through a single pane of glass. Versa began delivering SASE services such as VPN, Secure SD-WAN, Edge Compute Protection, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) more than five years ago. Versa uniquely provides contextual security based on user, role, device, application, location, security posture of the device, and content. As the leader in SASE, the fastest growing security and networking category, and executing on SASE services for years, Versa is the only solution proven to deliver the industry’s leading and differentiated architecture for high performance and security. Dell’Oro Group listed Versa as the 2021 SASE market share leader with 84-percent market share for the unified category in its 4Q21 Network Security Quarterly Report; and Frost and Sullivan ranks Versa as the #2 worldwide market share leader in SASE. Gartner has identified Versa SASE as having the most SASE components out of all 56 vendors Gartner evaluated. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) also found that Versa SASE has the most SASE supported functions, as published in its industry report. About the Visionary Spotlight Awards ChannelVision’s annual Visionary Spotlight Awards competition was created to highlight channel and service provider innovation in communications. The awards honor outstanding products, services, and deployments across numerous technology categories. Visionary Spotlight Award winners exemplify this goal, showcasing the communications industry’s overall innovation, capacity for future-thinking execution, creativity, and feature set differentiation; and offering channel partners a cornucopia of opportunities to boost their roles as trusted providers. For more information about the Visionary Spotlight Awards program, click here or contact Berge Kaprelian at berge@bekabusinessmedia.com. About Versa Networks Versa Networks, the leader in SASE, combines extensive security, advanced networking, industry-leading SD-WAN, genuine multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers, and via the simplified Versa Titan cloud service designed for Lean IT. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites trust Versa with their networks, security, and clouds. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners. For more information, visit https://www.versa-networks.com or follow Versa Networks on Twitter @versanetworks.

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