The Sky’s The Limit (For Partner Programs)
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020, sending millions of people to work from home, demand surged for cloud services – everything from communications and collaboration tools, to cloud applications, to IT security to protect remote workers. And that led to a spike in demand for the vendors that operate the leading cloud computing platforms and the developers of software used to operate and manage cloud systems.
Despite the challenging year, however, many IT companies have continued to expand and improve their channel partner programs, offering solution provider partners the support, resources and incentives they need to be successful as the economy rebounds in 2021.
That includes vendors who provide the industry’s leading cloud platforms and develop critical cloud infrastructure software.
The CRN 2021 Partner Program Guide offers the information solution providers need to evaluate the channel programs operated by the IT vendors they work with or are considering partnering with. The guide is based on detailed applications submitted by vendors – more than 275 this year – outlining all aspects of their partner programs.
As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs because they provide the most comprehensive lineups of incentives, training, services and benefits.
Here we provide snapshots of the 5-Star designees in the cloud platform and infrastructure software space. Details of every vendor’s partner program can be found at https://www.crn.com/partner-program-guide/ppg2021.htm.
Other slide shows in the 5-Star Partner Program Guide series running this week include companies that provide products and services for systems and data centers, networking and unified communications, software, security, devices and peripherals, and data storage and backup. While many companies provide products and services that span multiple technologies, we’ve assigned each vendor to the slide show for the technology category in which they are most prominent.