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What’s next with security and cloud? Can the channel benefit?

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Nov 22, 2016 4:58:06 AM

 

Danny Yeowell, Security and Networking Business Unit Manager at Avnet
 
Cloud. Security. Two words that can polarise debate as some channel leaders see opportunity while others see issues and for every cloud sceptic there is a cloud convert.  All too often the debate is about how secure is “cloud” whereas the focus should really be on understanding what it has to offer and how it can support an organisation’s business priorities.
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Topics: Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IT infrastructure, Security

Every cloud has a silver lining: Why now is the time for the channel to take advantage of cloud computing

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Nov 9, 2016 4:26:00 AM

 

Michael Fischermanns, vice president cloud solutions at Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA
 
Today we are seeing cloud computing spreading across the IT landscape, offering businesses the benefits of scalability, speed and accessibility. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker¹  showed that cloud IT infrastructure spending climbed to nearly 30% of overall IT infrastructure spending in 1Q15, up from 26.4% a year before.
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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Computing, IT infrastructure, partners, reseller advice on cloud, resellers

Why accelerating channel success on next-generation technologies is about great partnerships

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Sep 21, 2016 7:26:44 AM
Simon Stevens, cloud & managed services business development manager

We are seeing the technology industry shifting gear when it comes to next-generation technologies. It’s an exciting time for the IT industry; we are experiencing a major technological evolution.

I’m all in favour of this change as my time and focus is spent helping Avnet’s partners evolve and grow their businesses. More than most, I see first-hand how change can be difficult at the best of times. It requires great courage for a business to change the formula that has made it successful. But in truth, when it comes to IT, the formula that made us successful in the past is not the same formula for our future success. Channel partners need to branch out and try new things with new technologies. They might need different skills, a different message or even different customers. But of course, despite what you might read, change doesn’t happen overnight.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, enterprise IoT, Internet of Things (IoT), IT channel, IT infrastructure

Middleware and the Cloud, Turning Existing Middleware Investment into a PaaS

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Aug 23, 2016 5:58:02 AM
Technical Lead, Cloud And DevOps Practice at Avnet Services

Middleware has been a foundation of modern web-based applications for a long time now. Middleware has evolved substantially over the years and has provided a platform for developers to develop rich distributed applications. In today’s world the richest of applications can all be easily accessed via the web and can scale to accept millions of connections, thanks in large part to middleware.  There are a variety of middleware types from application servers to message oriented middleware, all working together to provide a platform upon which developers can develop and scale applications.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, devops, IT infrastructure, IT Software, Storage

How managed services providers can extend their portfolio and technical capabilities without the additional financial investment

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Aug 10, 2016 5:41:58 AM

Karen Griffith, Practice Lead, Cloud Solutions EMEA has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. She and her highly skilled technical team work with customers within the full lifecycle of Cloud Services, from the initial asset discovery, pre-sales including POT’s and POC’s, to the Cloud Strategy and Architecture Services and on to the cloud migration, transformation and automation services

We all want to say yes to our customers and everyone I meet prides themselves in providing their customers with a great service. But for many businesses working in the managed services industry, finding the balance between offering your customers the support they need across numerous different technologies verses being able to maintain a healthy profit is a constant and intense balancing act.

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Topics: business needs, IT distributor services, IT infrastructure, Managed Services

How is the channel following through on its vision for 2016?

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Jul 27, 2016 8:06:06 AM

At the beginning of this year, we laid out our top predictions for technology trends in the channel for 2016. As we reach the half way point of the calendar year, it’s time to recap and see how things are shaping up so far:

Marcus Adae, Vice President Strategic Suppliers,
Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA

#1: Mobility for channel enablement

Mobility is moving more towards app-driven enablement, this much we know to be true. Mobile apps are becoming the norm for any kind of customer interaction, thanks to more personalised engagement through analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) data. However, what we’re seeing so far is that enterprise infrastructure is an even more important driver for the channel and partners in the mobility space.

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Topics: 2016, 3rd platform, Analytics, Big Data, big data, BYOD; celebrating mobility, channel, Cloud Computing, Converged Infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, IT infrastructure, Mobility, partners, resellers, Security, technology, trends

What does the Cloud really mean?

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Jul 13, 2016 5:30:56 AM

Tristan Gwinnell, Cloud Solutions EMEA, Avnet, takes a look at what cloud really means

 

The term cloud means different things to different people. For consumers the cloud might be where they store their music and photographs. For others it might be Google Apps or Office365. If you’re a business user it could be a cloud-hosted application. If you run a datacentre it could be a way of optimising hardware. The list goes on.

All of these are types of cloud – essentially a means of providing computer hardware and software via the internet. In ‘technology years’ the cloud has been around for a long time. Salesforce launched in the 1990s with a mission to end software. Recently the technology has come in to its own and there has been a rapid increase in the types and number of cloud services and suppliers.

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Topics: aws, Cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud environment, Data Center Solutions, IT infrastructure, IT Software, paas, saas

Why I love to help partners and their customers find the right options for moving into the cloud

Posted by Tech Data Europe on May 31, 2016 11:20:06 AM

Michele Burgess is Avnet Services Alliance Manager, enabling partners to capitalise on the increasing demand for IT services by augmenting in-house teams with experts in Cloud, Digital and IOT solutions. 

Being a provider of IT solutions is sometimes not easy. I often feel for our partners. Over a coffee last month, one partner was explaining that after 12 months of hard work, they finally found themselves in front of their client to discuss migrating to the cloud.

It had taken them months of hard work to convince their customer that a cloud-based application was the right solution. They’d successfully completed a number of sales pitches and addressed a succession of stakeholders. On this journey they had sat in countless meetings, clocked up thousands of miles, drank too much coffee, sat up late at night producing slide decks and quoted numerous experts on why cloud is the best solution.

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Topics: business needs, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IT infrastructure, IT Software

The drivers we’re seeing for cloud migration

Posted by Tech Data Europe on May 16, 2016 10:15:28 AM

Karen Griffith, Practice Lead, Cloud Solutions EMEA has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. She and her highly skilled technical team work with customers within the full lifecycle of Cloud Services, from the initial asset discovery, pre-sales including POT’s and POC’s, to the Cloud Strategy and Architecture Services and on to the cloud migration, transformation and automation services

Migrating to the Cloud is not a new concept and yet is by no means a declining one. Cloud migration means different things for different groups, whether business users or the IT technical team. On the surface, the drivers for migration appear the same, however the value cloud brings to various parts of the organisation can be very distinct.

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Topics: business needs, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, IT infrastructure

Riding the Information Wave: IoT and Big Data Analytics

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Apr 26, 2016 7:48:26 AM

Max Chan, Vice President, Global Information Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions Asia Pacific

There have been a number of exciting developments around the Internet of Things at Avnet lately.  First, we kicked off the calendar year 2016 announcing a newly created role of vice president, Internet of Things in the person of Eric Williams, who will steer the company’s global IoT strategy. The previous year, Tim FitzGerald who had led Avnet’s Cloud Solutions business, was appointed vice president of digital transformation. These key appointments underscore our steadfast commitment to investing in the right resources to capitalise on the opportunities in the rapidly growing IoT market.

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, big data, business needs, Customers, data analytics, Data Management, Internet of Things (IoT), IoT, IT infrastructure

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