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.
The new service combines one sandbox Dell has used internally, and being productized for the first time, with two licensed third party sandboxes, on the principle that modern threats that try and evade sandboxes won’t be able to evade three different ones at the same time.
The expanded partnership includes both the U.S. and Canada, and opens up a relationship which previously had been limited to some Dell brands that came through acquisition and the federal government business.
For the first time, Dell brought its other security software units to its Peak event for SonicWALL partners, to press the logic of why they should sell them as well, although they recognize there are customer issues which go beyond simple logic.
Compared to last year, the changes to Dell’s partner program as the company begins a new fiscal year are much more modest, although the extension of rebates for new business to Registered partners will cause much cheer in that quarter.
Dell stressed its commitment to a strong client solutions to maintain end-to-end solutions, and announced an enhanced tablet and software suite, a new high end monitor, and a new concept of working on your PC.
Dell kicks off its security event in Orlando, impressing upon SonicWALL partners, some of whom still have concerns about Dell as a vendor, that Dell’s channel commitment is 100% genuine and will continue to improve.