The need for reasonably priced storage to handle the large storage demand from 4K body cams being acquired by police departments is leading VARs who have not focused on these verticals to move into the space, and has also led StorageCraft to design a custom storage solution for it.
Zang moves into the cloud PBX market with Zang Office, although at this stage, the channel opportunities, other than referral fees, are limited. Partner opportunities for Zang Space, the collaboration tool, appear stronger.
Pivot3’s hyper-converged Canadian business is much stronger today in the physical security space than in compute, and addressing that is one of ex-VMware Canadian country manager’s Aitken’s top priorities.
With the Mitel deal now off, Polycom needs to build its own bridge into a cloud future. Nick Tidd, who runs their Global Partner Organization, outlines the company’s plans to do just that, with one key objective being to get their own channel to sell Polycom and Microsoft together.
Badu uses its own congestion control algorithms to improve network performance, which makes its solutions compatible with others aimed at improving bandwidth. This appliance solution is aimed at the commercial space, and the plan is to ultimately have it as fully channel for its go-to-market.
PROMISE also expects that working with SYNNEX will significantly strengthen them in Canada, and they will also be adjusting some of their product to make it better suit Canada, where SMBs tend to be smaller than in the U.S.
ShoreTel says the new virtualized router will let their VARs be more aggressive in small 5-15 unit mobile deployments, because eliminating the router cost for a 10 unit deployment cuts the initial investment in getting 10 users live by two thirds.