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StrataCloud helps VARs with converged infrastructure installation

StrataCloud launched SDI Install for VARs to speed up deployment processes for converged infrastructure technology; more IT channel news from the week.

StrataCloud wants to make time-consuming converged infrastructure deployments a thing of the past.

The software-defined infrastructure vendor this week released SDI Install, a new software product for VARs and system integrators to reduce the installation time for Cisco and NetApp's FlexPod product line.

Brian Cohen, CEO of StataCloudBrian Cohen

According to Brian Cohen, CEO of StrataCloud, based in Atlanta, the company developed SDI Install after learning about the time and resources VARs generally devote to converged infrastructure installations. VARs will spend between 60 to 80 hours of service work on configuration and installation, he said.

SDI Install contains a repository of designs and reference architectures VARs can use and build upon as frameworks for infrastructure configurations. The first round of SDI Install users have seen the FlexPod installation time reduced to about one hour, Cohen said.

While SDI Install currently addresses only FlexPod installations, StrataCloud plans to extend the technology to other converged infrastructure systems. SDI Install's expansion will be "market-driven, depending on what VARs are looking at," but among the possible candidates are Pure Storage, Nimble Storage and SolidFire, he said.

IT channel news roundup for the week of May 16

Here's a look at the highlights from the week:

  • Platform9, which provides a software as a service offering that aims to simplify the task of deploying private clouds based on OpenStack, unveiled a channel partner program for resellers, services providers and systems integrators. The channel initiative provides partners with access to sales and marketing support, joint marketing and demand generation programs, and deal registration, according to the company. Platform9's program also offers partners compensation on all contracted services. The company began exploring channel relationships early on, with a number of channel companies inquiring about partnering opportunities when Platform9 came out of stealth mode. Platform9's cloud offering became generally available in January 2015.
  • Atera, which launched an all-in-one managed services platform earlier this year, has added a business intelligence feature to its offering. The BI component, dubbed Benchmark, aggregates data sampled anonymously from participating Atera customers, according to the company. Benchmark tracks metrics such as alert type, ticket load during work hours, response time and resolution time, among others.
  • Cloud service commerce company AppDirect introduced the Developer Certification Program to make it easier for its service provider, independent software vendor and VAR partners to go to market with third-party cloud services. Security vendor Trend Micro and backup service Mozy are among the first partners AppDirect has certified under the program.
  • Nonprofit trade association CompTIA published Managed Services Client Lifecycle, a new tool that provides a graphical overview of the customer engagement process for MSPs. CompTIA's Managed Services Community created the tool.

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