Five months into the job, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins laid out his vision of where the IT economy is headed and what Cisco needs to do to lead the changes. It’s a vision that will fundamentally change Cisco from a hardware-focused maker of networking gear.
At their Canadian partner event on Wednesday, Dell stressed their emphasis on driving more channel marketing activities, sour economy notwithstanding, and emphasized their building of the Future-Ready Enterprise brand with partners.
New HP Big Data announcements also include a new release of HP Vertica optimized for the Internet of Things, and an extension of the HP Haven Big Data platform to provide the building blocks for about 80 per cent of solutions, with HP partners or professional services finishing off the job.
The startup, which utilizes user behavior analytics purpose-built for security, is well ahead of initial sales forecasts, and is building out a focused channel that will be the company’s only route to market.
Cisco acknowledges it acquired MaintenanceNet because it was uncomfortable with its longtime partner’s drive to sign on more OEM clients, and indicates that while Cisco doesn’t plan to fire those clients, it won’t have to.
Canadian organizations are not as far along the transition to the new IT as some in other countries, so Dell’s global strategy of forming deep ISV alliances to create Dell Blueprints to help customers make that transition seems particularly relevant here.
In two wide-ranging executive panels at Varnex, SYNNEX’s top executives indicated where they see the industry heading, what SYNNEX is doing to capitalize, and how solution providers can best leverage both the changes and the distributor.
Dell says its new 4U, 4 socket rack offering will offer a much better price-performance alternative to legacy RISC-based systems, and one that should appeal to partners who serve the Big Data analytics market.
The rapid rise of mobility, and the user expectations it has created, plus the very real promise of integrated analytics, have changed the universe where solution providers operate, and they need to adjust or lose major opportunities.
Liaison has offered enterprise data integration and data management solutions for 15 years, but their new Alloy Platform features exceptionally agile micro-services architecture to handle modern data workloads and deliver the plumbing infrastructure which powers enterprise analytics.
Microsoft says its recent focus on and investments in the Big Data space have made it a key player. That carries with it new partner opportunities, even for smaller ones with a focused vertical strategy.