Microsoft’s revamped partner program. Expanded offerings from Amazon Web Services and Ingram Micro. A managed security services platform and a partnership between an upstart smart meeting technology provider and a 130-plus-year-old electronics giant.
These were some of the more eye-catching offerings on the showroom floor of Ingram Micro’s 2022 Cloud Summit event held in person in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Irvine, Calif.-based distributor’s showroom featured representatives from tech giants such as Microsoft and AWS, but also less-familiar names for partners including managed security services provider Adlumin and smart assistant technology provider Sembly AI, which recently announced a joint offering with electronics giant Philips.
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Unlike major vendor events held during the COVID-19 pandemic, which were online only or featured an online component, Ingram Micro held its summit only in person without any sessions streaming online.
The event gave Ingram Micro CEO Paul Bay a chance to address customers on the future of the company and of distribution in a software-driven world. The Cloud Summit saw not only new distribution investments from vendors, but also new investments from Ingram Micro, which previewed an upcoming Xvantage platform to serve as a digital twin of Ingram.
Here are the vendor services and products that stood out to CRN during the event.
8×8 representatives talked about the company’s Voice for Microsoft Teams service on the floor of Ingram Micro’ 2022 Cloud Summit.
The Campbell, Calif-based company’s direct routing service gives enterprise-grade global telephony and other capabilities to users of Microsoft’s communications platform.
Recent additions to the 8×8 service include call recording and presence sync. In September, 8×8 – based in Campbell, Calif. – announced that the service had surpassed more than 100,000 business users worldwide.
During the Cloud Summit, 8×8 announced an expanded distribution relationship and resale go-to-market strategy with Ingram Micro. The goal of the new agreement is to add more resellers offering 8×8 XCaaS, which includes integrated cloud contact center, voice, team chat, and video meetings capabilities.
In December, 8×8 announced the acquisition of fellow cloud communications specialist Fuze for about $250 million in stock and cash.