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Another week, another Partner Update newscast.

In this week’s episode, we offer a quick recap of Partner Summit 2011 with some event highlights, important links, plus our handy, downloadable summary document with all of the important links you need – from Cloud partner programs to Architecture specializations and those great deals that were announced, like a big WebEx discount for partners. And, if you missed Partner Summit keynotes, executive chats, or theater breakout sessions, head over to the Virtual Partner Summit site for replays.

I also caught up with Virtual Computing Environment CEO Michael Capellas who talked about the importance of VCE, its value to Cisco partners, and some info about VBlock. We’ll be sharing more of his insights and the full interview with him here on the Channels blog on Monday, so be sure to check back.

Watch our Partner Update newscast for the top partner headlines.

What else made our newscast?

An interview from our friends at NetApp with Australian partner Empired. In the interview, Paul Sorgiovanni, Empired Storage and Data Management Practice Manager, explains how the combination of Cisco, NetApp and VMware helped the company exceed customer expectations with unified, pre-tested, and validated shared infrastructures built on FlexPod. Watch the entire interview here.

This week, Dave O’Callaghan blogged about an update to the very popular Fast Track 2 program. There is now a Pricing Catalog that includes the AIRxx Product Family, in addition to product SKUs from switches, routers, and wireless families.

Our first featured blog post from Amazon Consulting discusses the relationship between vendors and channel partners and the the costs and timing of developing a new partnership. They offered five essential tips for solution providers. Read our full blog post or watch this week’s Partner Update video for those tips.

MSP Mentor blogger and Editorial Director Joe Panettieri featured another Cisco partner in his FastChat series, which centers on moving from managed to cloud services.  This time around, Joe chatted with CTO of FusionStorm, Vince Conroy, about where they headed in the cloud services market.  Watch the entire interview here.

And, finally, my dog Rilo joins the newscast as the official Partner Update mascot.

Did you miss a past episode of Partner Update? Catch all of our newscasts by visiting our full playlist.

That’s it! Thanks for watching. And, until next time: you stay classy, partners.

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