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“Force.com has 800,000 ISVs, which have integrated applications with the platform,” Ingram Micro's Bergeron said. “Resellers can pick and choose among the ISVs.”
Channel partners and businesses can use Force.com to create customized mobile, social and real-time applications. Force.com also provides visual tools to build applications.
Under the partnership with Amazon, Ingram Micro’s U.S. channel partners can access Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS Storage Gateway, a service enabling integration between an on-premise IT environment, and Amazon Web Services storage infrastructure.
Ingram Micro said other AWS products, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), will become available to channel partners through the summer and fall of 2012.
Ingram Micro announced cloud-related partnerships to offer products and services from several other companies, including:
- VMware’s Horizon Application Manager to secure access to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Web applications
- ConnectWise’s platform to help streamline business applications
- CA’s AppLogic platform to create cloud services
- Awareness Technologies’ Insider Threat Protection managed through the cloud
- dinCloud’s hosted virtual desktop
- DocVerify’s software to enable secure electronic signatures over the Web
- Intel’s AppUp Small Business Service, which offers SaaS and Haas (Hardware-as-a-Service) as managed services bundling
In addition, the distributor announced new managed print services offerings that are combined into three service packs. The three segments -- Plus, Advance and Total -- include a data collection and automated supplies fulfillment service, a cost-per-page model and remotely managed HaaS offering.
David DeCamillis, director of business development for Denver, Colo.-based solution provider Platte River Networks, said Ingram Micro has helped his company give customers cloud services by bundling many services.
DeCamillis said the new partnerships and solutions provided by Ingram Micro, such as Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform can only help his business. “This gives us more options,” he said.
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