Ingram Micro unwraps new-look Odin cloud platform for partners

Ingram Micro unwraps new-look Odin cloud platform for partners

Distributor opens the door for partners to build a cloud without capital investment

Lee Welch - General Manager of Cloud, Ingram Micro Australia

Lee Welch - General Manager of Cloud, Ingram Micro Australia

Ingram Micro has unwrapped the latest version of its Odin Automation Essentials package which includes access to Microsoft Azure, web hosting and infrastructure services.

The move follows Odin's acquisition by Ingram Micro in December 2015 from Parallels Holdings, the company known for software that allows the Windows operating system to run on Apple PCs.

Prior to the sale of the business unit to Ingram Micro, Parallels rebranded the cloud offering to Odin in May 2015.

The distributor has now relaunched the brand since its acquisition.

Odin is a pre-configured service automation platform, and Ingram Micro said the re-release will include “significant new capabilities” for hosting service providers.

“The space for Odin automation essentials is for partners who want to build their own cloud services practice and need a platform to build it upon," Ingram Micro Australia General Manager of Cloud, Lee Welch told ARN. “They are able to access services directly from suppliers.

“In addition, partners are able to pull through services from other platforms available on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.

“We have a vast array of services on the cloud marketplace and partners can essentially pull that through and access any other services from our other cloud marketplaces, including services partners want to access directly as well," he said.

Welch said the distributor is already in discussions with "a number of partners" regarding the offering but could not reveal any names at this time.

“This is for any partner which wants to build a scalable cloud practice so that they can create new revenue opportunities," he added.

Welch said this would be of particular interest to Microsoft tier-1 partners who wish to transact, but have not been able to do so in the past.

Odin Automation Essentials includes Microsoft cloud services like Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise licenses ready for sale, out of the box, using existing contracts.

Ingram Micro said the "most popular" shared hosting and VPS hosting plans are also included.

Other capabilities include automated order intake, billing and invoicing, payment processing, configuration and provisioning modules.

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