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Cloud IT Community Week in Review: Arkadin, Microsoft and Intermedia

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Cloud IT Community Week in Review: Arkadin, Microsoft and Intermedia

March 12, 2016
By Rory Lidstone
Contributing Writer

The cloud IT space this past week wasn’t as active as the week before, but there was still some noteworthy activity. Here’s a look at the key moments.

First up this week, unified communications and collaboration services company Arkadin (News - Alert) attained a Gold Cloud Productivity Competency from Microsoft (News - Alert). This means that Arkadin has demonstrated a best-in-class ability and commitment to meeting Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in the modern business environment. More importantly, this means Arkadin has distinguished itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem—which is no small feat.

“Arkadin helps our customers realize the benefits of cloud and hybrid deployments built on Microsoft Office 365,” said Zach Katsof, Arkadin's director of Unified Communications (News - Alert). “We've enjoyed a close eight-year alliance with Microsoft in hosting voice services in the cloud, which has resulted in over 450 customer deployments.”

In other news, Intermedia (News - Alert) has upped its hosted Exchange game with new dedicated-host Microsoft Exchange on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This Dedicated Microsoft Exchange on AWS offering provides host physical servers with use limited to one server per customer, making it more customizable than typical hosted Exchange options. Of course, being on the Amazon cloud, the offering also has the added benefit of maintaining compliance certifications that make it compatible with a variety of regulatory requirements.

In addition, because Intermedia handles the task of managing the servers, keeping them running and updated with the latest versions of Exchange with a 99.999 percent availability service level agreement, businesses have little to worry about compared to traditional hosted Exchange offerings.

Intermedia made headlines one more time this week when it added data backup features to its sync and share SecuriSync service for channel partners. Able to be rolled out as part of Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud, as a standalone service, or alongside Office 365 as additional file backup and sharing capabilities, SecuriSync can be sold as a white label offering under different brand names.

That about does it for this week in cloud IT, but be sure to check out the Cloud IT Community for more news in the space.

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