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Dell veteran and forrmer channel overlord O'Shea quits

The one-time sales chief of Dell’s Brit and Irish channels who stepped aside in a structural overhaul last summer has quit the organisation, The Channel can reveal. Company veteran Bill O’Shea left the exec sales director and GM for the UK commercial channel role in August last year, and Steve Holmes, who was UK channel director …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2015
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IBM creates the One Channel Team to RULE them all

IBM has begun the process of rearranging the deck chairs as it consolidates the hardware and software channel teams into a single unit. As revealed by us earlier today, Big Blue is responding to the challenges of the as-a-service era by pushing through one of the most significant reorgs in its corporate history, shelving the …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2015
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SAN gang at Nimble jump in Fibre Channel pool, but how big will the splash be?

Becoming a little nimbler in the SAN market, Nimble Storage is adding Fibre Channel support to its CS-series hybrid flash/disk arrays. Up until now these products have supported block data access over iSCSI only. Adding Fibre Channel will, the company believes, triple its addressable market. The product range was refreshed in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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Hey channel dudes, says Kaminario, we REALLY want to flog more kit

Kaminario, needing to enlarge its sales, is launching its first channel programme to increase its market points of presence. With its iSPC-1 benchmark-topping K2 all-flash array, Kaminario is facing steadily increasing competition selling to enterprises as EMC (XtremIO), Pure Storage, Solidfire and IBM (FlashSystem) chip away at …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015

Syscap waves £50 million in CASH at UK tech channel

Finance provider Syscap has set its sights on wooing back the channel by waving at least £50m in cash at partners seeking funding. The firm began life as a channel finance provider, but has since moved into other sectors, such as legal businesses. It currently funds around £30m-£35m to 700 partners - some 10 per cent share of …
Kat Hall, 18 Nov 2014
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Fibre Channel's looking a bit flat. Bad news for these three firms

Comment The Fibre Channel trio, Brocade, Emulex and QLogic, are seeing declining popularity in their SAN storage networking businesses and need to find growth elsewhere. As we have seen with Emulex and QLogic's results, Brocade has found growth through better business efficiencies but the basic Fibre Channel market is widely seen as a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2015
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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

Beleaguered chip underdog AMD is not shipping any new gear to channels this quarter as it bites the bullet to clear existing stock swilling around the industry, estimated to have been in excess of $100m. A combination of bad forecasting, sliding PC demand and weak supply chain controls led to the inventory nightmare, and channel …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2015
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VMware channel guru steps out of channel for first time in career

VMware's UK and Ireland channel boss Ed Dolman is taking on a new role to run one of the virtualisation kingpin's enterprise end-user sales teams. The man confirmed his departure to the world, well Twitter followers, this morning after spending some two and a half years in the position "An exciting change of role for me today. …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014
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Violin Memory hires ex-Egnyter to add heat to global channel sales

Flash storage biz Violin Memory is hoping to pump up its channel sales volume by recruiting an ex-Egnyte channel sales VP to replace a guy who went to HGST. Jeff Nollette joins from Egnyte, where he spent seven months as its VP for Channels, helping to build a channel for that company's file sync and share product. Before that …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2014
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VMware grabs UK channel exec from SAP

Virty kingpin VMware has raided SAP’s channel exec reservation and made off with industry vet Phil Croxford. The new hire replaces former UK and Ireland partner boss Ed Dolman, who back in the spring was made chief of one of VMware’s enterprise end-user sales teams. Croxford has notched up 17 years in “software partnering” …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014

Oi, channel peeps. Stop giving money to AWS for IaaS - EMC

Channel partners should eat their own dog food when it comes to deploying hybrid clouds, and use their own infrastructure to develop enterprise apps instead of buying infrastructure-as-a-service from companies like AWS. So said Ross Fraser, EMC EMEA veep of the global alliances team, who unsurprisingly doesn’t want to see its …
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2014

IBM tells channel types 'stick with us, you'll be millionaires'

IBM is going through massive changes to shift its business towards the cloud. It desperately needs channel partners to come along for the ride, so this week threw out a bunch of initiatives that it reckons will help. In a global exclusive last month, we revealed the creation of Big Blue’s One Channel, and at the PartnerWorld …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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Wanted: PC salesman to head up HP's UK channel ops

Headhunters may be scrambling for their phones on the back of the news that HP is on the look-out for someone with PC sales skills to conduct its UK channel orchestra. A note was distributed to some HP workers this week that Damian Cusick is leaving the enterprise, SMB and channel director role, stating that he is looking for a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015

Warm breeze of consolidation blows through Microsoft channel

A trickle of activity in the Microsoft small biz channel has seen Gold partner minnow Core Technology Systems devour small but perfectly formed on-prem and cloudy CRM consultancy Excitation. In a canned statement, Conor Callanan, CEO at Core, claimed the buy gives it a ready made CRM practice and “rounds out” its web-based …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2014

Ausgezeichnet! Logicalis devours German channel biz

Integrator Logicalis has wolfed down German infrastructure services biz Inforsacom for an undisclosed sum. Some would say this is a brave move given the state of that country IT market and wider economic woes, with Forrester forecasting a 1.2 per cent rise in spending on tech for 2014. But perhaps Logicalis grabbed a bargain …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2014

Channel on track: British tech insolvencies fall to seven-year low

It is official: 2014 numbers for corporate deaths in the Brit tech channel have slumped to a seven-year low, figures from credit reference agency Graydon UK confirm. Some 48 local suppliers went under in Q4, taking the tally of insolvencies for the 12 months to 198 versus 293 in 2013 – annual levels not seen since prior the …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015
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EMC veteran Poole jumps into UK channel director's chair

Time is going to become a precious commodity for EMC’s latest channel boss, Russell Poole. Along with his new big cheese role, he also plans to hang onto his other day jobs of heading up the public sector and service provider teams. The company veteran is to replace Terry Beale - who has taken on a Euro role running the XtremeIO …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2014
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Channel: IBM stamps us into the dirt in race for cloudy glory

IBM is trampling over some smaller software boutiques in the rush to pump up its cloud sales volumes, we are told. Selling tech as-a-service is one of the five strategic pillars on which Big Blue has staked its future – alongside mobile, social, big data and analytics. But, at least according to some IBM Business Partners, it …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jan 2015

Fujitsu calls on channel man to run education biz

Fujitsu has tapped up channel veteran and former employee Ash Merchant to run its education biz in Blighty. Merchant was a group product manager at the firm for almost a year and a half from June 1990 and in the intervening years was a director at schools suppliers XMA, Quadrant Visual Solutions and European Electronique. This …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014

Code42 seeks channel partners for LTR, much TLC on offer

Startup Code42 offers data protection with file sync 'n' share. Both its customer count and channel partner numbers are booming - yet it needs to recruit another 300 partners by the end of the year. Code42 was founded in 2001 by Matthew Dornquast, the CEO, Brian Baspala, VP engineering, and Mitch Coopet, CrashPlan data …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2014

Corporate crashes in UK IT channel drop back to pre-recession levels

Channel fatalities are down for the fifth consecutive quarter as the local ICT sector growth and the wider UK economy becomes the envy of European neighbours. The numbers of tech suppliers that went pop during Q3 was down by almost a quarter to 56 compared to the war stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK for the same …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014

HP dangles channel compo carrot for Converged Systems

Nothing grabs channel folk by the short and curlies like a margin making scheme and with this is mind HP has strapped a compensation rocket to the posterior of several Converged Systems to get sales to fly. Code-named Shark, the CS300 and 700 lines - server, storage and networking in a rack - hit the streets in December and are …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2014

Microsoft and EMC: 'We need UK channel execs'

Microsoft and EMC are on the hunt for a local channel exec after saying their respective farewells to Amanda Sleight and Terry Beale, with both bound for EMEA-wide positions. Sleight is one of longest serving partner sales directors in Blighty after notching up 14 and a half years on the job. "Amanda is moving to a role within …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

HDS: channel STILL 60-65% of UK biz, says local COO

HDS' UK COO reckons the proportion of channel sales relative to the direct biz hasn't shifted in recent years because it failed to carve up "solutions" and "services" for partners. The previous management including UK boss Stephen Ball - a Computacenter staffer - said in 2011 that within three years he wanted partners to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014

Channel's großen Käse roll eyes at vendors' performance under the spread sheets

Bulky channel outfits in EMEA are bringing home the bacon, according to peeps at Canalys. Aggregated figures from eight publicly quoted suppliers in the region revealed an average year-on-year sales growth of eleven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 – more than double that of tech titans collective including HP and Apple. …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

HP crowns networking boss Ansell as king of enterprise channel

After five years sat on HP's enterprise channel throne, Kevin Matthews is heading to an as yet unconfirmed role in the company with networking boss John Ansell to be crowned the new UK king. Talk in the industry about the role shifting emerged late last week and was today confirmed to El Chan by HP UK and Ireland managing …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

EMC channel boss: Make a bet – us or the rivals

The shiny new and to some controversial revenue threshold laden partner programme on the way from EMC was designed to cut out the dead wood, the EMEA channel veep claims. The Business Partner Programme launches in January and resellers have until the start of November to sell a requisite amount of gear to get accredited: $65m …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2014
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EMC partners fear rebate dive in new channel programme

There will be financial implications for EMC's partners that slip down the accreditation stack from next year, the storage giant's UK and Ireland channel boss Terry Beale has confirmed. From January, under the Business Partner Programme (BPP) EMC is to introduce a revenue threshold of $1.25m to become a Silver certified partner …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014
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The channel is changing – but if you're prepared, there's no need to fear

What keeps channel professionals awake at night? From resellers to distributors to vendors, they are all concerned about when “traditional IT” will finally shuffle off this mortal coil. The channel is a delicate ecosystem of various vested interests — alliances, partnerships and deals – where each individual player is trying to …
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Dell tells customers: 'Opt out' if you don't want a channel service

Dell is asking half a million customers Stateside to hand over their privates to channel partners or to actively "opt out" of a sweeping programme to reduce the number of accounts the firm services directly. As previously revealed, between 200k to 500k customers in North America – presumably those not deemed large enough – will …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
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One more director exits creaking channel titan Insight

Yet another Insight veteran is heading out of the door with veep of product management Justin Griffiths set to exit, El Chan can confirm. It has been a period of rapid change in the upper echelons of the license and box shifter’s exec team following the exit of EMEA president Stuart Fenton and subsequently a wave of generals he …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2014

C'mon, Brocade: QLogic's left the Fibre Channel game. Flat revenues again?

Analysis Brocade is a member of the flat revenue Earth society, with its mix of annual and quarterly Fibre Channel and Ethernet revenues hardly changing between last year and this year. Brocade’s fourth fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $564m were up by one per cent year-on-year, up from $559m a year ago, and also up three per cent …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2014

There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant. It’s not that these companies hit the wall, more that some realised quickly that an agreement with Larry’s lot wasn’t going to work out …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015

Xerox names former HP veteran as UK channel royalty

Former HP veteran Norman Richardson has landed at Xerox to run UK channels, the copier titan has confirmed. After 23 years at HP, he left in April '12 when the printer business he ran in Blighty was slapped together with the PC operation and Paul Hunter, who headed that biz was given the top job of the merged organ. In back …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014

HP mounts channel attack on EMC: We're a Bugatti, they're a VW bug

Do you want a VW bus type array or the go-blindly-faster Veyron-type 3PAR array? This is the thrust of an HP attack programme for its channel sales bods to use against EMC – and against VNX arrays specifically. It's called the EMC VaNquish(X) campaign and a slide deck image gives us the flavour of it: VaNquish(X) VNX accounts …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2013
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Dell's channel love-in: We've picked 500k accounts (from direct reps' garden)

With Valentine's Day on the way, Dell is showing more love to the channel by rewarding direct sales reps who push up to half-a-million customer accounts to partners. The move is happening first Stateside where Cheryl Cook, newly crowned worldwide queen of Dell channels, told channel mag CRN US that it is hoped the move will fuel …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014

Former Insight boss Fenton slurps Microsoft ERP channel biz

Former Insight EMEA president Stuart Fenton has picked up the UK arm of global Microsoft ERP integrator Tectura - the first in a planned mid-market roll up. The acquisition of London-based Tectura UK, a subsidiary of US firm Tectura Corporation, was completed by Fenton and his investment biz QuantiQ. After a decade running …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

EMC partners yowl in pain at new channel-chumship badge rules

EMC has let the cat among the pigeons, introducing eye-watering revenue thresholds for channel partner accreditations that some fear will relegate smaller tech-savvy resellers to the lower ranks. Under the planned Business Partner programme overhaul, the storage titan has written to partners to tell them of the specific sales …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014
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EMC hires channel veteran as new EMEA COO

Exclusive Former Colt Technology Services grand fromage Simon Walsh is set to become one of the top brass at EMC EMEA, according to multiple industry sources. Walsh, an exec director at Colt, exited the business back in November along with a couple of his lieutenants following nearly three years at the firm. Sources told us that Walsh …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
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Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl

Google has expanded its cloud reseller program as the web giant tries to enlist the channel to help it diversify its business away from search. The updates to the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program were announced by the company on Thursday and sees it split its partners into three tiers: Registered Company, Authorized Partner …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1

It's time to crack open the bubbly: corporate fatalities in the UK channel have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, official stats from credit rating firm Graydon UK reveal. Some 61 companies bit the dust in the first three months of the year versus 64 for the same period of 2013, indicating that the UK IT industry has …
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014

Cisco pilot seeks to determine UK impact of US-made channel schemes

Cisco is running a pilot with Gold-accredited channel partner Logicalis to ascertain the impact that sales programmes designed in the US have had on the operation in Britain. Vendors invariably construct schemes for channel players in their homeland and then distribute them globally without making any adjustments for local …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013

Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Despite all the carping about the slumping PC market, it really wasn't such a bad year for channel computing sales, with devices based on Google technologies pulling ahead as the clear winners. According to the latest numbers from market analysis firm NPD, overall sales of desktops, notebooks, and tablets through the channel in …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2013

IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

Channel partners and customers of IBM's x86 biz should brace themselves for a period of uncertainty and unpredictability as Lenovo prepares to wolf down the division, rival server maker Fujitsu is warning. The Chinese firm stumped up $2.3bn for the Intel-based volume server unit last month, although the deal is awaiting …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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Oracle raids HP enterprise biz to find global channel chief

Oracle has filled the void at the top of its channel organisation after president Mark Hurd raided his previous employer HP by sweet-talking its Americas enterprise boss Rich Geraffo into jumping ship. The position lay vacant ever since well-respected channel figure and Oracle veteran Judson Althoff upped sticks in March for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013

Tom Kelly: IT depts and channel partners FEAR the cloud

IT departments fear that the cloud will lessen their relevance in an organisation, while perceived complexities of selling the fluffy services from vendors has deterred some tech suppliers. This is the market prognosis from enterprise tech veteran Tom Kelly, a former UK boss at Logicalis UK, who has stepped into the chairman's …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2014

EMC confirms arrival of channel vet as COO EMEA

EMC has confirmed that former Colt and Computacenter bigwig Simon Walsh will land at the firm as COO for EMEA, as revealed by El Chan this week. The industry veteran left Colt Technology Services in November, less than three years after heading the newly launched division, amid talk that the service provider was not satisfied …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014
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Violin Memory shuffles out 'half-price' PCIe flash cards to eager tech channel

Blocks and Files Companies with good products can screw up in Europe through inappropriate strategies for the technology channel which sells their products and head-office bureaucracy. A case in point is Violin Memory, at least according to sources in the channel, although they say the situation is improving. Stephen Rose joined Violin Memory in …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013

Buying EMC? Better get a quote from a channel partner

EMC execs aim to crush any lingering conflict in the technology business channel* by preventing internal reps from quoting configuration and prices to all bar the largest customers that it sells to directly. The storage giant cemented its love-in with resellers, service providers and integrators with a rules of engagement …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014

Rackspace chases the channel with hands-on 'managed cloud'

Rackspace has decided that cloud users want more than self-service and has launched a “managed” cloud service that will see it feed and groom its customers' cloudy servers. The company's post about the new service says “We’re targeting businesses and developers who want to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of running …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2014

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