Ingram Micro to mix cloud, metaphors in new distribution channel

The technology distributor partners with Salesforce.com, Amazon and Rackspace on a distribution channel called the Cloud Conduit.

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Ingram Micro teams up with cloud providers
$29 billion monster tech distributor Ingram Micro (IM) has partnered with cloud providers Salesforce.com, Amazon and Rackspace to make it easy for the MSPs and VARs that piggyback on Ingram's distribution system to get cloud to their customers. The new lineup is called the Cloud Conduit and IM says it wants a piece of the pie as distributed, pay-as-you-go services take off.

"Cloud computing introduces a new playing field for solution providers and managed service providers. With the advent of cloud computing comes tremendous opportunity for our channel partners to add high value managed solutions and services from the cloud into their services portfolio and ultimately earn more business," said IM in a press release.

In a jolly mix-up of marketing messaging, Rackspace Cloud earned a spot in IM's Seismic Services Division, so partners can apparently sell clouds from underground or something.

Abiquo hits 1.6, to be all things to all clouds
Cloud platform software Abiquo has hit a new release that adds to its "kid in a virtual candy store" approach to cloud computing. New features include expanded virtual networking, like multiple NICs per virtual machine (VM) and policy-manageable VLANs, and added support for its drag-and-drop VM converter for XenServer. Now a user can swap a virtual image between VMware, Citrix, Xen, Hyper-V and KVM at will, thus "ending vendor lock-in"…although you still have to buy Abiquo to do that.

Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm stressed the advanced capabilities of Abiquo over virtualization management solutions promised but not delivered by the likes of VMware.

"We'd like people to know that what [VMware] is promising tomorrow, we can do today," he said. "We have been doing for some time."

Microsoft Office Online goes online
Microsoft has quietly opened the doors on its Google Apps killer, Office Live Web Apps. Essentially similar to Google Docs (except it's, you know, Microsoft Docs), users can upload and create standard office files online with a Windows Live login. The situation in regards to Office licensing or fees is murky yet, but presumably all will be made clear when Office 2010 is officially launched next week.

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