Ingram Micro gave its cloud computing business a global boost Monday, unveiling plans to significantly grow its reach across the planet as part of a major expansion of its Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
Ingram Micro said Monday that it would open up its cloud business as a worldwide business opportunity for customers that specialise in local infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service-based solutions and are interested in scaling globally.
Nimesh Dave, Ingram Micro's executive vice president of global cloud computing, said the move will help partners accelerate the adoption of cloud services and help them standardise contract terms and operational processes.
Ingram Micro now has reach into approximately 170 countries. The distributor said it works with 4,000 partners and 70 vendors including IBM, Cisco and Dell.
Many of these companies have been busy expanding their global cloud reach as well: IBM recently unveiled a global cloud expansion of 15 new data centres across the globe, and Cisco last week said it will invest more than $1 billion to build a global cloud business over the next two years.
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"Ingram Micro's proven expertise, experience and ability to execute as a master cloud services aggregator has accelerated our success and positioned us as one of the top 100 cloud providers," Dave said.
Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace gives customers and partners a one-stop shop for browsing, buying and managing comprehensive cloud services. Ingram Micro touts its solution as giving channel partners and IT pros best-of-breed hybrid cloud solutions from multiple vendors.
As part of Ingram Micro’s cloud expansion, channel chief Renee Bergeron’s role will now expand to include global cloud sales and marketing. Turker Sokullu, president and founder of recently acquired cloud hosting firm Softcom, now also serves as vice president cloud platform and product design at Ingram Micro.