Panzura’s family of three offerings offer progressively more functionality, and all are geared to let customers leverage cloud storage while still having all the performance and features of local storage.
Walter Denk, who has a distribution background and has been working for Avaya in Germany, is the company’s new global channel chief. Even more importantly, he says that the job has been redefined and that the channel will benefit.
The CTO of the Dell EMC Converged Platforms & Solutions Division also stressed the continuing importance of their Nutanix partnership, emphasizing its centrality to Dell EMC’s growing relationship with Microsoft.
Fine also acknowledged some VMware partner concern over the company’s new relationship with Dell, which does much more of its business direct than VMware has historically, and indicated her commitment to standing behind the partner community.
The program, which has two tiers, provides infrastructure enhancements related to managed services as well as business process changes desired by MSPs, like the separation of hardware purchases from software and pay-as-you-go billing.
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.
At its partner event preceding the broader SAPPHIRE conference, SAP previewed a major new cloud program, which will be implemented in three stages, the first of which will be in Q3 and the next two, next year. Details at this point were exceedingly scarce.
The move up from Version 4.2 includes the adoption of Azure Active Directory as the authentication of record, a new interface, Cloud Workspace Suite’s first app services, resource scheduling, server scaling and automatic server cloning.
The multi-cloud application delivery solutions vendor has been focused mainly on public cloud infrastructure providers, but they are broadening out into the enterprise, and see Nutanix, with its strong presence in private and hybrid clouds, as a key route to market there.
Stacy Nethercoat, vice president of Tech Data’s TDCloud division, was in the Toronto area on Wednesday to visit Tech Data Canada’s offices, and took some time to speak with ChannelBuzz about the distributor’s cloud strategy, cloud progress, and how it all rolls out in the Canadian market.