Actually nothing new, according to an article in ReadWriteWeb.com, Steve Mills explained that ‘the cloud’ is more of an evolving form of the computer and internet rather than a new entity. “The computer gives us a space and the cloud is an extension of that space.”
With the all-inclusive nature of cloud computing, companies need to be conscious of security, and Ingram Micro announced the launch of its own security services as part of its North American partners channel incentive. The program is titled, Micro Cloud.
The Ingram Micro Cloud security platforms are from N-able Technologies, Trend Micro, and Symatec and are to be available to partners in North American through Ingram’s Services Division.
Ingram Micro North America’s vice president of managed services and cloud computing Renee Bergeron told MarketWatch.com that remote management and cloud security, along with monitoring, are two of the must have “solution sets” for channel partners that are progressive in their technology thinking. It’s a must for those partners that want to deliver the best service value and afford customers to meet sales and service objectives.
Partners were able to get a preview of the new cloud security services available at the 2011 Ingram Micro Cloud Summit. Featured at the summit was N-able Technologies’ N-central remote monitoring and management program. Attendees were also afforded a “complementary tool set.”
Bergeron also told MarketWatch, “We're pleased to bring these in-demand technologies [. . .] to market as part of the Ingram Micro Cloud's rapidly growing portfolio of best-in-class solutions and cloud services."
The company launched its Ingram Micro Cloud program as a platform specifically designed for its channel partners. The intent was for partners to have access to resources across the marketing, sales, technical, and business strategy areas, along with multiple services.
Ingram Micro Cloud has seen success in its early stages which confirms the interest and demand for “cloud computing and cloud services across the IT channel at large." Bergeron continued on to explain that as the industry’s top IT services provider, “we are well positioned to empower our partners with the technology, resources, services and support needed to simplify their success and grow their services business."
The company’s website informs visitors that Ingram Micro is a Fortune 100 company and is the principal technology distributor on earth. Other information on the website brags of having 100 distribution centers serving over 185,000 resellers worldwide.