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Channel Beat: How Verizon Strike May Harm MSPs

In other top stories from this week, AWS partners express worry over the new Sentinel product. Also, Symantec channel executive departures continue.

This week Verizon workers started the largest strike the carrier has experienced in years. About 36,000 East Coast workers went on strike after the telecom company failed to reach an agreement with unionized employees.

Verizon partners are worried about the potential impact the strike could have on their planned installations.

Verizon has hired nonunion replacement workers, but partners are still concerned their planned installations will need to be postponed.

Some Amazon partners have expressed worries that AWS' new product, which is being developed under the code name Sentinel, may conflict with their services business.

Sentinel will let large enterprise customers mange and monitor public cloud workloads themselves, rather than through a managed service provider.

One source told CRN that the product has been in development since 2013.

AWS will most likely target large multinational corporations with Sentinel.

The channel exodus at security vendor Symantec continues: Americas channel chief Stephen Thomas has left the company for a position at Cyberbit Commerical Solutions.

Symantec has lost several channel executives over the past six months, including Tom LaRocca, vice president of global channel programs and sales.

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