The approved compatibility with Cisco allows any Cisco UCS server to be turned into the equivalent of a private Amazon S3 storage cloud, which is well suited for IoT requirements. More specific partner-focused announcements relating to this partnership are also coming.
Tech Data also sees the agreement, which fills an admitted gap in their line card, as very likely to open up Cisco technology to a large class of smaller customers who have not been buying Cisco to date.
Mississauga-based SOTI has announced major new R&D funding and job creation initiatives around its Canadian base, as well as important new Internet of Things and other partnering moves. The company also announced the winners of its Channel Partner awards.
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.
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.