The Cisco Spark platform is set to become available on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in the local market from the middle of this month.
The distributor brings Cisco’s integrated collaboration solution to its Australian partners roughly five months after the partnership between the two companies was first announced, with Ingram Micro making the platform available to channel partners in the United States via its Cloud Marketplace in April.
Indeed, Ingram Micro was named as the first cloud distribution partner for Cisco Spark.
"Ingram Micro and Cisco have a successful track record of bringing cloud-based services to the channel and through this extended relationship, we can now deliver broader collaboration solutions to help our mutual partners drive recurring revenues and growth," Cisco’s global distribution vice president, Julie Hens, said at the time.
Ingram Micro Australia cloud services general manager, Lee Welch, said that the availability of Cisco Spark in Australia is a major step forward for local resellers.
“Ingram Micro is the first Cisco distribution partner to offer a fully automated integration of Cisco Spark on a cloud marketplace,” Welch said. “This means that our resellers can easily sell Cisco Spark services and then almost instantly deliver those Cisco Spark capabilities to their clients.
“While they’re celebrating another happy customer, Ingram Micro’s Cloud Marketplace has automatically provisioned the required Cisco Spark services in the background,” he said.
According to Welch, Cisco Spark’s open application programming interface (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs) will allow local independent software vendors (ISVs) integrate additional services with Cisco Spark to offer enhanced collaboration services.
These can, in turn, be automatically provisioned and delivered via the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
The Cisco Spark platform will be on show at the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit events being held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on 10, 12 and 17 October respectively.
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