1. What Does This Partnership Mean For The Channel?
A top concern for Cisco and Apple resellers is what the new partnership will mean for both companies' channel ecosystems.
The partnership could open opportunities for partners -- particularly those who offer bring-your-own-device solutions -- by optimizing devices in the reseller channel with corporate VoIP networks. However, Apple's partnership with IBM that was announced last year, which enabled iOS apps running on iPhones and iPads to be sold to IBM customers, had some partners feeling left out of the mix.
Bob Venero, CEO of Holbrook, N.Y.-based solution provider Future Tech, an Apple and Cisco partner, said he hopes to hear more details. "As an enterprise VAR, I'm looking forward to somebody at Apple and Cisco reaching out to us to give us details."