HCI technology: Pivot3 taps Arrow for distribution

HCI technology vendor Pivot3 has entered a partnership with Arrow Electronics that covers distribution, marketing, channel development and contract manufacturing; other news.

Pivot3, a hyper-converged infrastructure vendor, has tapped Arrow Electronics for distribution and contract manufacturing.

The distribution, marketing and channel development components of the Arrow partnership will initially focus on the North American market. But Mark Maisano, vice president of channel sales at Pivot3, based in Austin, Texas, said discussions are underway regarding global distribution for its HCI technology. Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) brings Pivot3 "a different set of partners," he said, noting the Arrow ECS channel ecosystem in the data center and storage areas.

The arrangement is the second distribution relationship for Pivot3, which partnered with Promark Technology, an Ingram Micro company, in June 2016. Promark specializes in data storage and virtualization products and focuses on the public sector, holding a number of federal and state contract vehicles. One of the Arrow ECS technology specializations is converged and hyper-converged infrastructure products.

In addition to distribution, Arrow will offer configuration services for Pivot3's hyper-converged platform on Lenovo servers. Under the arrangement, Pivot3 will engage with the distributor's Arrow Intelligent Systems for contract manufacturing services worldwide.

In 2015, Pivot3 unveiled a pact with Lenovo to bring its HCI technology to Lenovo hardware. At the time, Pivot3 identified Arrow ECS as its exclusive European distributor for the combined platform.

The arrangement with Arrow in Europe, however, mainly focused on surveillance use cases, Maisano said. The new HCI technology relationship, he added, targets enterprise customers with a broader range of offerings, such as Pivot3's Acuity HCI software platform, which was designed for large enterprise use cases.

Dave Clipp, principal of systems and virtualization at Atom Creek, an IT service provider and Pivot3 partner in Centennial, Colo., said he is pleased Pivot3 selected Arrow, referring to the company as "one of the best distribution partnerships we have."

"There are other distribution partners they could have chosen, and that could have been a deal breaker for us," Clipp said. "We've had some challenging relationships with some distribution partners."

The distribution pact comes amid an HCI technology market set for growth. "We see the use cases expanding where we can come in with a hyper-converged infrastructure," Clipp said, noting that earlier use cases were around virtual desktop infrastructure and video analytics.

Data quality vendor Naveego debuts channel program

Naveego, a provider of cloud-based data quality technology, introduced its Partner Success Program this week.

Through the program, partners can tap resources and support from the vendor to help customers address data quality challenges in hybrid cloud enterprise systems. Resources include sales and technical training, opportunity registration, and marketing and promotions, Naveego said.

"We are very much channel-focused. We don't have a direct sales force team. So, this [program] isn't a 'nice to have' for us; it's a 'have to have,'" said Sean Cavanaugh, director of sales at Naveego, based in Traverse City, Mich.

Partner Success is Naveego's first channel program. The company works with seven partners today, and another 11 partners are currently coming on board, Cavanaugh said. He added that Naveego's software-as-a-service offering has a low barrier of entry for partners, allowing them to rapidly establish themselves as subject-matter experts in data quality and master data management.

Naveego's expertise is in the oil and gas industry, he noted, but the vendor is looking at manufacturing and telecommunications as potential vertical market focuses.

VeloCloud aligns partners to retail market

Software-defined WAN company VeloCloud said partners have a role to play in its recently announced initiative to target the retail sector.

According to Mike Wood, vice president of worldwide marketing at VeloCloud, based in Mountain View, Calif., key IT trends in the retail industry span the shift to cloud, adoption of unified communications and video, internet of things deployment and pervasive in-store Wifi.

"VeloCloud SD-WAN for Retail is enabling our partners to differentiate themselves further in specific verticals using an expanded set of SD-WAN capabilities for the retail market, which includes advanced segmentation, PCI [Payment Card Industry] capabilities and deployment best practices," Wood said in an email.

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  • Gainsight has extended its customer success management platform with an offering for professional services organizations. Gainsight for Services Success aims to help those organizations adapt to a subscription business model. The company said the offering helps professional services teams bring new clients on board at scale and measure service engagement results based on business outcomes. Gainsight for Services Success can work in conjunction with professional services automation tools, according to the company.
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