In its bid to improve digital and cloud services delivery in the connected economy, Ingram Micro has updated its cloud delivery platforms.
Announced at its recent Ingram Micro Cloud Summit in the United States, the company unveiled its new Ingram Micro Federation Program, which aims to provide Odin Automation Premium customers with a way to expand cloud solution portfolios without needing to directly negotiate individual vendor contracts.
Odin Automation Premium is a platform that enables service providers to automate and manage the entire lifecycle of digital services delivery, including service orchestration and subscription management, cloud marketplace enablement, billing automation and reseller management, and data analytics.
The launch of Ingram Micro Federation enables service providers to operate a hybrid catalog, using direct commercial relationships with vendors and by leveraging Ingram Micro’s agreements to gain access to a wide range of curated ISV products.
“This dramatically shortens time-to-market for new services and simplifies the complexity of contracting, vendor management, deployment, integration, billing and support. Service providers can also leverage Ingram Micro Federation to offer their own services in the Ingram Micro partner ecosystem,” the company said, in a statement.
The company also launched Ingram Micro Cloud Orchestrator, which aims to enable service providers to simplify customer cloud initiatives by automating and orchestrating the deployment and management of workloads in private, public or hybrid cloud, from a single portal.
With automated tools and preconfigured templates, partners can build and deploy workloads to public and private cloud environments, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM BlueMix and VMware.
Service providers can also manage customer infrastructure and provide multiple cloud deployment options, ongoing monitoring, reporting and unified billing.
Ingram Micro has also made enhancements to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace to support Android devices and include a Customer Control Panel, named NextCP, enabling channel partners to offer end-customers with the opportunity to self-serve and self-manage.
Ingram Micro has also grown its services catalog with the introduction of APS Connect, a cloud-based service integration technology.
“ISVs who want to sell their services through Ingram Micro’s global channel footprint can now design, test and publish their solutions in just a few clicks. Service providers can also automate their own services and benefit from access to a significantly expanded cloud services catalog,” the company said.
In addition, Ingram Micro has included business intelligence and IoT and new digital services management capabilities to the next generation of its Odin Automation Premium platform, as well as launched the latest release of Ingram Micro Odin Automation Essentials, which includes new capabilities that enable Microsoft 1-Tier Cloud Solution Providers (CSP) and hosting service providers to bring a broader range of higher-margin services to market.
Ingram Micro global cloud executive vice-president, Nimesh Davé, said the improvements it has made are tools and technologies an organisation needs to successfully grow a cloud-based IT services business.
“Ingram Micro continues to deliver solutions with speed, scale and simplicity, helping our channel partners capitalise on new cloud services opportunities,” he said.
“We are working continuously to further extend our leadership position by reinventing and refining the customer experience for our channel partners and their customers.”
These solutions are available in Australia, with the Ingram Micro Cloud Orchestrator available now for Odin Automation Premium customers and available for channel partners using the Cloud Marketplace to sell IaaS solutions in the second quarter of this year.
Ingram Micro NextCP will be available in the second quarter of this year.
Ingram Micro also announced an update to its Referral Program that it introduced last year, saying that the program will be available in 16 markets, including Australia, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2017.