What’s going on at this year’s Ingram Micro Cloud Summit (2012)?

What’s going on at this year’s Ingram Micro Cloud Summit (2012)?

Today (June 5th) marked the 2nd day of activities at Ingram Micro’s annual cloud summit. The focus of the summit continues to be expansion, growth and opportunity in cloud computing. Along with the expected discussions about the future of cloud and IT, there were also loads of great service offerings and products unveiled. So, without further ado, let’s recap some of the more interesting developments and discoveries from this year’s summit.

Arguably, the biggest news of the IM cloud summit this year was the addition of 56 new services/products. Moreover, all of these new additions will be added to the current list which brings the total number of services / solutions / marketplace items which Ingram Micro is able to distribute to just over 100. These 100+ offerings are constituted by 40 North American suppliers or vendors. Over the course of the next month or so, these 56 new offerings will be made available to Ingram Micro’s channel partners; here are a few notable additions to their marketplace:

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Collected and reposted here from this official Ingram Micro press release* for your convenience.  

Amazon Web Services provides Ingram Micro channel partners Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), a reliable, scalable, fast, and inexpensive storage offering for businesses interested in storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Web, as well as AWS Storage Gateway, a service that provides seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and Amazon Web Services storage infrastructure.

Awareness Technologies complete Insider Threat Protection on demand is easily available and affordable for businesses of any size, especially SMBs. Deployed at the endpoint and managed through the cloud, solution providers can access four technologies (data loss prevention, Web filtering, employee monitoring and laptop recovery) through one agent download and one unified control console.

CA AppLogic® turnkey cloud platform provides a catalog of virtual appliances that enables customers to create cloud services from commodity hardware, with the means to visually assemble and deploy composite services quickly and easily. It is a key component of the CA Technologies approach to helping customers transition from simply maintaining IT systems to delivering innovative services that help meet changing business demands.

ConnectWise is a cloud-based and on-premise solution for IT solution providers that manages customers and contacts, scheduling, ticketing, time, invoicing, projects, agreements, quoting, sales, marketing, finance, procurement and inventory, reporting and more. The ConnectWise platform offers a 360-degree view of the IT provider’s organization and its customer, helping to streamline business operations and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

dinCloud provides cloud hosted virtual desktops (HVDs), enabling a user to transport their Windows workspace to any device. The dinCloud subscription service includes a private virtual data center with servers, storage, networking and security.

DocVerify enables secure and simple electronic signature exchange over the Web, via mobile devices, and through salesforce.com, which allows solutions providers to simplify secure document exchange for customers of all sizes

Intel AppUp (SM) Small Business Service provides IT service providers with a turnkey HaaS (hardware-as-a-service) and SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution for SMBs that is ideal for managed services bundling. It includes an on-premises server for each business and popular business software that can be installed instantly from the cloud — all available on a subscription basis. It runs on the Intel Hybrid Cloud Platform, which features remote management capabilities and proprietary encryption technologies.

LabTech Software is a remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform created for system administrators by system administrators. The powerful scripting engine and highly automated monitoring gives service providers complete insight into customer environments, allowing the ability to identify and resolve issues more efficiently.

Live VHD offers scalable and affordable service desk support to assist partners with monitoring and troubleshooting desktops, laptops, Macs, servers, handheld and other network devices.

Quosal has the ability to produce everything from the simplest quote to the most advanced proposal. The original online delivery platform, Order Porter, revolutionizes quote delivery and acceptance with online personal web pages and electronic ordering. Quosal integrates with CRM and PSA platforms, product distributors, and accounting software to streamline the sales quote process.

Salesforce.com’s Force.com is a social enterprise cloud platform for building custom business apps quickly and easily. Channel partners can build custom social, mobile and real-time apps without having to invest in complex software or hardware infrastructure. Force.com offers both a declarative programming model for business users and a programmatic interface for developers to write custom business logic in the cloud.

Veeam Cloud Provider Program offers access to virtual data protection and management solutions via licensing and deployment options custom built for cloud services providers.

VMware Horizon Application Manager provides the capability to control, manage and deliver policy-driven application access to end-users across multiple devices and give end-users an easy, secure way to access both SaaS and Web applications.

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All of these emerging products and services (not to mention those which are being extended) do highlight the need for businesses to evaluate or reevaluate their cloud computing “situation”. The question is, how prepared is your company and IT department for the addition of cloud computing services or a complete transition? The truth is, even if you are far behind in your schedule to adopt cloud computing there is one simple step you can take to greatly speed things along; two words, “cloud certification”. Right now is the best time to begin examining your options with regards to upgrading your IT department’s knowledge base (so to speak). Visit theartofservice.com for more information about how you can prepare your IT personnel for a cloud transition.

Ingram Micro is helping to disseminate many important and very useful cloud-based technologies. In its recent moves, Ingram Micro is making big strides toward establishing a vast structure of commerce for cloud computing and its many vendors. In addition to boosting sales and awareness for the newly included vendors and their products, this move will also help to spread these technologies globally.

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