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Ingram Micro relaunches Cloud Marketplace, unveils cloud solutions

Ingram Micro reveals new cloud solutions in tandem with its new Cloud Marketplace; Acolyst and FalconStor start a federal partner program; more news.

Ingram Micro Cloud, a global division of Ingram Micro Inc., this week released three new cloud solutions and relaunched the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace -- a network of buyers, sellers and solutions that enable rapid cloud services adoption.

Available to U.S. partners, the following Ingram Micro-branded cloud solutions are hosted by the distributor and managed by its subsidiary SoftCom:

  • Ingram Micro Hosted Exchange is based on Microsoft Exchange 2013 and offers communication and collaboration tools that provide access to email, calendars, contacts and tasks, regardless of location or device.
  • Powered by Parallels virtualization technology, Ingram Micro Virtual Private Servers offers a full-service infrastructure as a service solution that allows customers to "spin up" and manage their own server-based solutions.
  • Ingram Micro Web Hosting allows partners to host fully managed and secure business websites for their customers.

The next-generation Cloud Marketplace is powered by Parallels and features Cisco as the first of many third-party vendors and services the distributor will add to the Cloud Marketplace throughout this year.

Acolyst and FalconStor introduce joint federal partner program

Acolyst -- the exclusive distributor of network storage software developer FalconStor Software's data protection products to the federal government space -- and FalconStor Software launched the Acolyst/FalconStor Federal Partner Program this week.

Partners of the new program will gain access to FalconStor's patented products and solutions and will receive support from the Acolyst team with new business opportunities, marketing, proposal writing, joint tradeshows, events, training, and technical and contract support.

Acolyst said it will manage the program and partner recruitment. The two companies will host an event for solution providers on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. E.T. in Northern Virginia to learn more about the program, speak with the FalconStor and Acolyst CEOs, and fill out a program application.

SAP makes cloud-friendly improvements to SAP PartnerEdge program

SAP AG has enhanced SAP PartnerEdge, a program for partners that build and commercialize standard software applications on top of SAP platforms. According to the company, the enhancements allow SAP PartnerEdge partners to develop SAP HANA-powered applications in the cloud and utilize SAP's in-memory big data technology without setting up an operating infrastructure.

According to SAP, partners can now deploy and run applications on both the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and on-premises at a customer's site. Partners can also leverage SAP's preconfigured enterprise resource planning systems in the cloud to develop and test the back-end integration capabilities of applications.

Further extensions include the addition of the SAP InfiniteInsight solution to the program's "innovation pack" for business intelligence (BI); an innovation pack extension that allows partners experienced in Microsoft technologies to access SAP ERP via Microsoft Office or other .NET applications; and an option for partners to embed SAP technology, including all SAP databases and BI solutions, into their solutions under their own brand.

PernixData partners with Arrow for European distribution

PernixData, a server-side storage intelligence company, this week partnered with Arrow Electronics to distribute PernixData's FVP storage acceleration software across Europe. As partners, PernixData said it will work with local Arrow sales teams to recruit and enable storage and virtualization resellers.

The PernixData FVP software platform virtualizes high-speed server resources like flash and RAM into a clustered acceleration tier, allowing IT administrators to scale out storage performance independently of storage capacity, PernixData said. According to the company, the result is read-and-write performance for all virtual machines that does not require changes to existing server and storage infrastructure.

Arrow will offer PernixData FVP in several European regions over the coming months, starting with the U.K., France, Germany, the Nordics and Belgium. The two companies will co-invest in technical support staff, sales and market development activities.

Tech Data adds arcserve MSP Licensing Program to Solution Store

Tech Data Corp. and CA Technologies expanded a distribution agreement to feature CA's arcserve Managed Service Provider (MSP) Licensing Program in the Solution Store through the distributor's TDCloud business unit.

The arcserve program allows resellers to offer CA licensing on individual products or comprehensive solutions on a monthly basis, Tech Data said.

Key benefits and features of arcserve include remote data protection with granular file and application-level recovery, full system high availability, and managed services templates, tools and best-practice methods to create a service offering that leverages arcserve.

Tech Data signs deal with Sony for smartphones, tablets and more

An agreement signed by distributor Tech Data Corp. and Sony this week provides Tech Data partners with the Sony Mobile lineup of smartphones, tablets and related accessories.

The Sony Mobile lineup includes the Sony Xperia smartphone and is now available through the distributor's Systems & Peripherals division, the distributor said. Per the agreement, solution providers can also offer Sony smartphones with activation through the Tech Data Mobile Solutions division.

eFolder acquires cloud service backup provider Cloudfinder

Cloud-based data protection and disaster recovery developer eFolder this week announced the acquisition of enterprise cloud service backup provider Cloudfinder.

According to eFolder, the Cloudfinder acquisition includes Cloudfinder's single console technology for backing up and searching for data and emails from Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365 and, and will bolster support for its cloud service providers, MSPs and value-added resellers.

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