Articles about Channel Partners

Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

Secret squirrel conversations are taking place between Microsoft and five B2B resellers over flogging Surface Pro to corporate customers, The Channel can reveal. Up to now Microsoft has sold Surface Pro only via its webshop direct and through a few select UK retailers including PC World and John Lewis. The device launched in …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013

EMC channel boss cements partnerships with cold hard cash

EMC's channel boss for EMEA has puckered up to give channel partners a big rebate and marketing smacker. The storage behemoth staged a channel love-in during 2012 - in the wake of its dwindling Dell OEM relationship - by making resellers and integrators its primary route to market in all but the largest enterprise customer …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2013
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Whitman vows to end channel conflict at HP

Direct-sales staffers who continue to pilfer deals from under the nose of channel partners do not have a long-term future at the company, top brass at HP claim. A Rules of Engagement template has been devised by the vendor, designed to give confidence to partners that their investment in certifications to specialize in products …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2013
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STEC - sorry sTec - opens direct and channel sales with name change

What the Zeus is going on? STEC has changed to sTec and it's bragging about its new direct and channel sales program. What's happened is that STEC - sorry, sTec - is adding both direct sales and channel sales alongside its mainstream OEM sales organisation. sTec reckons its enterprise customers will buy direct through OEMs, but …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013

Microsoft turns UK channel over AGAIN

If there's one thing channel partners hate, it's frequent change: but that's exactly what enterprise resellers sitting at Microsoft's top table are facing once again - another massive renovation of the deal reg fees system. The new lot will be introduced on 1 October, 16 months since the last overhaul, and though Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013
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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Microsoft is hurling cash at enterprise channel partners to persuade them to convince customers to sign up to Office 365. Under an Enterprise Agreement licence promo, large account resellers get $40 per seat for the first 3,000 seats they sign up and $5 for each additional one. The offer, which applies to a minimum order of 250 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

HP: We will never sell 100 per cent through the channel

HP's EMEA boss Peter Ryan can't foresee a time when it will sell entirely through the channel but has "no problem" if the level of business transacted directly with the customer shrinks considerably. His comments come after CEO Meg Whitman told folks attending last week's Global Partner Conference that she will not tolerate …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2013
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TalkTalk Biz cosies up to channel

The man at the top of Talk Talk Business (TTB) says it uses the direct sales force to keep channel partners on their toes. This is a novel strategy for a company that wants to do more business with resellers and integrators, and to spread the word it is the third fourth largest ISP in the UK. Charles Bligh rocked up at TTB 15 …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

McAfee Channel Summit UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …

Dell greases Euro storage partners' palms with $10m

Dell is putting $10m discount dollars on the table for Western Europe channel partners who close enterprise business by the end of the year. Partners will get their cash via an additional discount of 5% on all "qualifying" orders between now and New Year’s Eve. The enterprise orders that count are Dell PowerEdge, Compellent, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012

Pre-split HP flops out plan to keep its sales pecker up

HP will parachute funded staff into its largest global channel customers to minimise disruption and ensure it maintains market share as the business is carved into two. Print and PC operations will be hived off to create HP Inc and the remainder of the company, including the new Aruba buy, will form Hewlett Packard Enterprise. …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2015

Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised a flood of touch-enabled devices to fill the market as he previewed Windows 8.1, but is the technology channel raring to snap them up? Not really, it seems. Redmond's very own bald eagle last night said the "rapid release" upgrade - which comes with a revolutionary Start button - will blend " …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2013
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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

In a move calculated to appeal to the aging hippies who now run Silicon Valley, Violin is entering readers of its marketing white paper-type docs into a Grateful Dead concert ticket sweepstake. Marketing head Amy Love said that with "the directional relevance of being 'Grateful that Disk is Dead', we are enabling our customers, …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2015
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Channel firms, rejoice: You're not going out of business nearly so often

Channel insolvencies have fallen for the third consecutive quarter, according to official stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK. Sixty-four tech suppliers hit the wall in Q1, down a whopping 28 per cent on the same period a year ago. Broken down by type there were 45 voluntary liquidations, four compulsory liquidations …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2013

Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500

Channel partners that want to cosy up to Microsoft at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference have got the option to be an extra special pet – cough $500 and they could be within spitting distance of the event… literally. The cloud-and-mobile-first fest is happening in Orlando from 12 to 16 July and costs $1,795 per pass, but …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015
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HP plays the cloudy dating game with Helion Marketplace

HP GPC 2015 HP is to showcase a new dating service for its reseller partners looking to sell cloud services with Service Providers looking for a route to market. Helion Partner Marketplace is to be launched, a similar initiative to one from IBM, that allows resellers to sell, provision and bill services to customers delivered by Service …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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Sophos looks to raise £65m with IPO

Security software outfit Sophos is to imminently float on the London Stock Exchange, a move it estimates will raise $100m (£65m), the company announced today. The Oxford-based biz is thought to be targeting a valuation of £1bn, according to The Sunday Times (subscription required). Richard Holway, analyst at TechMarketView …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2015

Citrix: Hey channel, we're BAAAA-ACK. Can't flog clouds without you

Citrix is to again allow resellers to sell a portion of its cloudy wares. The vendor claims that the increased size of the market means supporting a channel is now economically viable. The Citrix SaaS Advisor programme is to be rolled out over the coming months with resell and referral elements for office software products such …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Lenovo UK boss exits for EMEA supply chain glory

The arrival of Eric Cador at the top of Lenovo’s EMEA business has signalled a slight reshuffle, with UK boss Marc Godin elevated to a vitally important role running the supply chain in the region. In a note to partners, Godin said the acquisition of IBM Systems x and Motorola means the business profile is “very different to …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2015

Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

Activist investor Elliott Management has turned its sights on Citrix and things look as though they may turn ugly for the software firm’s management team - and its global legion of channel partners. The hedge fund yesterday revealed that it owns 7.1 per cent of Citrix stock, making it the largest single investor, and wasted no …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015

Oracle partners drool over juicy £750m ERP framework

Oracle channel partners are gearing up for a mega software and shared services framework worth up to £750m over three years via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. A Prior Information Notice was released last week and covers the upgrade of ERP platforms including business intelligence and enterprise data warehousing, as well as …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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Social media and the channel marketing Fear Factor

Are your favourite vendors helping you to market successfully? We just published a report for our clients where we highlight best practices in marketing enablement, based on a series of interviews with 10 channel partner marketing executives. The majority of these were companies with over $10bn in revenues - so they could afford …
Peter O'Neill, 04 Jan 2013
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SanDisk speeds up CloudSpeed Eco, raises capacity

SanDisk has souped up its CloudSpeed Eco SSD for cloud service providers, doubling its capacity and raising throughput, courtesy of a process shrink. CloudSpeed Eco Gen 1 was introduced at the end of March last year as a cost-effective SSD for cloud service provider use. It was built using a 19nm chip process and held up to …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2015
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VMware taps ex-Ciscoer as channel chief

Just ahead of the formal launch of VMware's "Project Zephyr" vCloud Hybrid Service public cloud on Tuesday, the company has appointed a new channel chief. And the timing is not accidental, with VMware's channel being a key component of its hybrid cloud strategy. It's easy to see why VMware wants to build its own public cloud …
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Cunningham exits EVault, pauses, then takes controls at Springpath

Comment Hyper-converged systems are set to pour through the breach established by Nutanix in the networked storage dam. Terry Cunningham – the man who ran EVault before Seagate bought the cloud back-up biz in-house – has joined start-up Springpath, following a funding round, and aims to capitalise on Nutanix' groundbreaking work …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
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Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode

Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost. This may be music to the ears of EMC's distie pals at Arrow and Avnet who were privately concerned a price led strategy from Azlan would trash their margins, something they've complained about in past situations …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Mellanox pumps up channel for InfiniBand, Ethernet pushes

Switch and server adapter maker Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a shock with some cable issues and a big revenue shortfall in its most recent quarter and a projected one for the current quarter after one of its OEM customers bought more product in the latter part of 2012 than they could sell even into the first …
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Some vendors know how to treat a channel

Market analysis Current research indicates that we are seeing vendor-channel partner relationships changing quite dramatically, and for the better. Let’s be honest: the old-school formula for channel effectiveness was based on a cost-determined division of labour: Tech vendors invented, marketed, and then sold direct to the bigger, more …
Peter O'Neill, 18 May 2012

Huawei and DataCore spawn a beautiful hyper-converged system

A hyper-converged server and storage system is coming as the offspring of a Huawei-DataCore deal giving channel partners of both an answer to Nutanix, SimpliVity, and EVO:RAIL-type offerings. Basically it’s Huawei FusionServer servers running DataCore SANsymphony-V software with Huawei Oceanstor direct-attached storage made into …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015

Where will you place your vendor bets in 2015?

There was plenty to keep Europe’s IT channel busy over the past few months, and the rest of this year could be just as turbulent. By the end of 2014, the shakeout of major strategic changes from HP, Dell and Symantec were yet to be felt. But as 2015 progresses, this is likely to change, so keeping a close eye on developments is …
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HP serves up backup-array combo platter to channel diners

HP has introduced follow-on systems to the iSCSI P4500 and a channel-only pairing of a StoreServe 3PAR array with StoreOnce Backup. The firm believes both will help channel partners in the mid-range/high-end external array and purpose-built backup appliance markets. The new HP StoreVirtual products are based on ProLiant Gen8 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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All change at Microsoft as Hyde slips into cloudy costume

The head of Microsoft’s enterprise licensing channel has split to take on a newly created role for cloudy partners, in what could be seen as a signal of where the partner power base is shifting. Edward Hyde, director of the licensing solutions providers (LSPs), formerly the large account reseller network, is to become operations …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015
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Thought your dept was on budget this year? THINK AGAIN, matey

Tech buyers will likely need to revisit budget forecasts at the month's end with another price hike on commodity hardware to be pushed through by vendors in response to the relative appreciation of the dollar. Since last summer the US currency is up 15 per cent against the UK Pound (the impact on the Euro is even more pronounced …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015
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HDS channel boss: We must become relevant to resellers

Hitachi Data Systems wants to make itself relevant to the channel by working deeply with fewer partners on specific biz plans. The Japanese storage firm has undergone a shakeup during which regional veep and GM Stephen Ball pitched up last summer and 11-year Computacenter veteran Neill Burton joined in January. Burton, UK and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Mar 2012

Symantec sees profits crash ahead of corporate divorce

Symantec’s latest financials bear all the hallmarks of a business whose dramatic bisection is causing some uncertainty for customers and channel partners. A cleaver will be driven through the security and storage business by the end of this year to create two separate publicly traded entities. The groundwork for this is well …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2015
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Microsoft raids Symantec, snaps up UK licensing sales head

Microsoft has confirmed what the channel already knew: Jay Epton, Symantec director of new routes to market for the UK and Ireland, will be moving across to head up enterprise licensing resellers. As El Chan revealed previously, Edward Hyde, the current boss of licensing solutions providers (LSP) is set to be ops director for …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2015
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Survey: Deal registration will never stop channel bloodshed

When it comes to maintaining a fair and level playing field in the channel, solution providers say deal registration is the most effective tool in the arsenal of a vendor or supplier. However, deal registration itself is not always effective, according to the new 2112 Channel Conflict Study. The survey of 150 solution providers …
Lawrence Walsh, 20 Jul 2012
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RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

RIM's once little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has outsold the latest iPad in Blighty's IT distribution channel, according to an analyst. More than 802,000 touchscreen tablets were sold in November and December compared to nearly 118,000 units in the same period of 2011 - and Apple accounted for just a quarter of this latest …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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AWS: Wanna join our MSP club? The bar is high, says UK boss

Managed Services Providers - still the most sought after of all channel partners types - can now jump through some hoops to scoop a badge of certification from Amazon Web Services. The infrastructure services firm is formalising relations with MSPs via an extension to it’s programme in a bid to sort the wheat from the chaff. “ …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2014
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Woohoo! UK IT channel insolvencies plunge to pre-credit-crunch levels

Insolvencies in Britain's IT distribution channel have plummeted to pre-global economy meltdown levels according to credit reference agency Graydon UK. Some 57 companies went under in the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a fall of more than 35 per cent on the same period a year ago when 88 businesses went to the wall. The …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jan 2013

Microsoft's 'loss leader' Office 365 pricing strategy? NO THANKS

Microsoft’s advice to its channel partners to sell Office 365 as a loss leader to lure in small and medium sized customers is not something that sits well with suppliers, at least not in Blighty. Thomas Hansen, worldwide veep for Microsoft's Small and Medium Business organisation told attendees at the Asian Canalys Channels …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2014

HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'

Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target. This is one of a number of changes made by the new guard at the storage vendor in the wake of a shakeup of local management last year, including the additions of new regional veep …
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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Microsoft price hikes start to bite down on EMEA partners

Microsoft's UK price rise at the start of the summer is starting to dampen the financials of partners on this side of the Atlantic, certainly if Insight Enterprise's EMEA results are a metric. The reseller giant navigated through through a choppy Q3 to report growth in profits despite a slide in sales led by weaker demand for …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2012
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Big Blue hands bulging $4bn suitcase to partners to grease IT sales

In the hope of pumping up sales of hardware, software, and services over the next 12 months, IBM is taking $4bn of its own cash and giving it to its Global Financing arm to originate leases over the next year. Big Blue is hoping to clear the way for enterprises of all sizes to get financing, when the banks might be a little …
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Boss splits as Symantec UK consciously uncouples

The expected jostling for senior positions at Symantec continues ahead of the divorce between the security and storage wings, with UK boss Simon Moor exiting the business. The conscious uncoupling scheduled to occur by the end of this year – which will effectively undo the 2004 acquisition of Veritas – will leave two independent …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2015
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HP gives huge chunk of storage business to channel

HP is giving a huge chunk of its storage business to the channel with a couple of 100 Percent sales initiatives. Most sales of HP's storage-portfolio products to new US customers, defined as end-user accounts not having bought from HP in the last three years, will go through channel partners in a 100 Percent New Accounts …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
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Tech Data leaps into professional services pool

Distie Tech Data has crossed the Rubicon into end-user land – ruffling a few feathers in the process – by acquiring North American data centre and professional services outfit Signature Technology Group (STG). The deal was made public last night and reseller customers are digesting the implications, which range from potential …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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HP one of the fairest, claims Gartner's magic quadrant on the wall

Gartner has announced that HP has joined the leaders in its all-flash array magic quadrant, while Violin Memory, Nimbus Data and Cisco have been demoted, and Dell and HDS are excluded altogether from the MQ because of the research giant's peculiar classification criteria. The MQ classifies suppliers in what Gartner calls the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
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Dell blows Clouds of love into the channel

Dell is belatedly lifting the covers off a cloud services and solutions certification track for channel partners from mid-April. The scheme has three strands: Cloud Builder slanted for firms that design and develop a cloud infrastructure; Cloud Providers that sell IaaS, PaaS or Saas; and Cloud Service Enablers that broker or …
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2012
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Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The pair previously came within touching distance of signing a European partnership in 2011, but at the eleventh hour pressure from Cisco — one of Huawei's main rivals — saw US management at parent Tech Data …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014