This Week In The Cloud: CipherCloud Office 365 Offering, Google Apps Partners Up

Cloud Connections

As the cloud rolls in, it’s bringing with it a growing web of connections and alliances in order to support solution providers and vendors as they make their move to hosted services.

Continue on and find out some of the new connections being made in this rapidly changing market.

CipherCloud Extends Data Encryption To Microsoft Office 365

CipherCloud, a cloud encryption vendor, released CipherCloud for Office 365 to cut barriers to data privacy, security, residency and regulatory compliance it says have slowed cloud adoption.

CipherCloud for Office 365 encrypts email messages, calendar and contact data stored in Microsoft's cloud-based Exchange Online and third-party Hosted Exchange, giving businesses control of their messaging data and preventing unauthorized access to organizations' information.

Unlike other email security products, CipherCloud encrypts data-at-rest, data-in-transit and data-in-use in real time. CipherCloud for Office 365 is the latest addition to the CipherCloud Platform, which secures multiple cloud applications including Salesforce,, Chatter, Gmail and Amazon AWS.

NeoNova Named A Google Apps Premier SMB Reseller

NeoNova, of Research Triangle Park, N.C., has become a Premier SMB Reseller of the Google Apps portfolio of communication and collaboration tools. NeoNova said it moved from an Authorized to a Premier Reseller based on its expertise in helping customers deploy and use Google Apps.

The Google designation allows customers to more easily assess a reseller's expertise at consulting on and deploying Google products.

NeoNova helps technology providers offer a turnkey service to SMBs that includes a backup solution for all Google Apps data; an administrative interface; administrative and end-user training; and training courses online.

VAR Dynamics Taps MigrationWiz To Simplify Cloud Adoption For Partners

VAR Dynamics, of St. Petersburg, Fla., said it has partnered with MigrationWiz to make its cloud migration service for on-premise Microsoft Exchange available to partners.

The MigrationWiz service automates email migration, reducing costs and downtime related to manual migrations and easing cloud adoption. MigrationWiz, with no hardware or software to install, makes it easier for VAR Dynamics’ partners to move its customers to Hosted Exchange.

VAR Dynamics partners can use MigrationWiz to accelerate customer adoption of Hosted Exchange and provide additional cloud services, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics CRM or email archiving.

Spanning Announces Affiliate Program For Google Apps Community

Spanning, a cloud backup service for Google Apps, unveiled an affiliate program.

Spanning, which makes Spanning Backup for Google Apps, said its Saved 5+Make 5 program gives the Google Apps community the ability to offer Spanning Backup to their network at a $5 per user per year discount while earning a recurring $5 per user per year referral fee at the same time.

As part of the program, Spanning is collaborating with Spiceworks to offer more than 2 million Spiceworks’ community members special pricing and referral opportunities.

Spiceworks Unveils Social Network Management Product For SMBs

Spiceworks announced a new version of its free social network and IT management software for SMBs. The software includes automated cloud services discovery to manage use of cloud services, a remote device agent and a new social IT knowledge base to help IT professionals find articles posted in the Spiceworks community.

The new version, called Spiceworks 6, helps IT professionals gain and share knowledge in their social networking environment.

Cloud services discovery allows organizations to automatically detect more than 40 popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Evernote and Basecamp and helps managers and workers gain insight into exactly which cloud services are in use across their network.

BetterCloud Partners With 11 Top Google Apps Resellers

BetterCloud has added new email, workflow and access control capabilities to FlashPanel, its IT management application for Google Apps administrators.

FlashPanel, available for free via the Google Apps Marketplace, has been installed on over 300,000 Google Apps seats since its private beta launch in May, and it is used by IT departments to manage their Google Apps domains and secure access to sensitive data.

To expand its reach, BetterCloud has created a Preferred Partners program, with 11 Google Apps resellers already participating. The resellers include DoIT!, Master Concept, SIOS, Viwo, L Tech, Sheepdog, Excel Micro, Cloud Sherpas, Cloud Technology Solutions, Orion Solutions and Damson Cloud. These resellers serve a total of almost one million Google Apps users.

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