Channel Beat: Palo Alto Networks Teams Up With Okta In New Enhanced Partnership

On Wednesday, both Palo Alto Networks and Okta announced they are teaming up with a newly enhanced partnership to bring further identity and access management capabilities to the network security vendor's platform. The partnership news was delivered by both companies at Okta's Oktane 2017 event, being held in Las Vegas this week. The move will secure organizations at both the identity level and at the network, cloud and endpoint.

Okta said the integration would simplify multifactor authentication enforcement before an event, as well as automate workflows with identity and user access to information in response. The integration builds on an existing partnership between the two companies that involved a pre-integrated API and reference architectures. Palo Alto Networks is also an Okta customer.

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Partners said the VMware Cloud On AWS offering is destined to reshape the cloud landscape with pricing that will appeal to customers evaluating public cloud and private cloud alternatives. The joint service beats on premises private cloud total cost of ownership and is even in line with public cloud options including AWS. Rhett Dillingham, a senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy said that with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware is clearly aiming to undercut the equivalent on-premises vSphere environment, especially for customers committing to three-year contracts.

As Houston-based solution providers fight to recover from the historic flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, they continue to weigh in with stories of triumph and toughness in the face of disaster. The offices of PCPC Direct are "pretty much high and dry," according to CTO Eric Collins.

Because the surrounding area remains inundated by floodwaters, however, the entire Houston staff has been working remotely this week, including the PCPC accounting, administrative and help desk teams.

Collins said some of the company's employees had experienced flooding in their homes, too. Kurt Nordquist, director of business development at Netsync Network Solutions, No. 113 on the 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500, told CRN via email that the company's teams have been deemed safe "for the most part," although many have also suffered property damage. Netsync facilities are secure and unaffected by the flooding, he wrote, and leadership's priority is ensuring the safety of families, friends and employees.

Harvey has hammered Texas with an estimated 11 trillion gallons in recent days, according to CNN, forcing roughly 3,400 water rescues as of Tuesday morning. The record-setting hurricane, now classified as a tropical storm, moved out of Texas and into Louisiana as of Wednesday.