Dell’s channel business did very well in the first quarter of their new year. At this stage though, there is still no definite clarity on the channel implications of assets entering Dell – and exiting it, with the SonicWALL divestiture.
Cloud-focused contact centre software vendor Five9 continues its channel expansion by signing its first distribution deal, a global one with Westcon-Comstor. Westcon will help Five9 build out its solution provider channel
Archive2Azure leverages technology from the company’s flagship solution to migrate Office 365 mailbox archives, but is a fundamentally different type of solution, designed for the rest of the data beyond the mailboxes, so companies can get rid of their legacy on-prem storage completely.
Pax8, which has its own platform for software distribution, has now teamed up with German infrastructure-as-a-service vendor ProfitBricks, and some vendors, including these new ones, are now available on this new platform.
In addition to portfolios that the companies say are highly synergistic and with little overlap, the deal also brings Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark into the vacant Symantec CEO position, which has positive vibes given Clark’s highly successful turn-around of Blue Coat.
The new Veeam VP of Sales in Canada said his appointment to the new role is part of Veeam’s intensified commitment to the Canadian market. He indicated his plans to take the company, which sells entirely through channel partners, to the next level here.
Workspot makes a native cloud-based VDI solution which is simple to install and use. Hyper-converged vendors are one of their routes to market, and this new agreement makes available a reference configuration for Workspot VDI on the HPE HyperConverged 380.
New partner initiatives the company is working on include deepening technical and product training in their face-to-face training programs, and developing the concept of being trusted advisors together with partners to their joint clients.
Key elements include Azure becoming Citrix’s preferred cloud platform, and Microsoft Skype for Business now being optimized for the Citrix VDI environment, the only one to receive this preferred treatment.