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Exponential-e launches CloudPort automated cloud portal for the channel

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Cloud and network provider Exponential-e has launched a cloud pricing portal, CloudPort, to help its sales channel partner providers run their cloud reselling businesses more efficiently.

Red Hat launches software defined storage systems that run on commodity hardware

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Open source software vendor Red Hat has launched a portfolio of open, software-defined storage systems which will cut costs by running on commodity hardware.

Microsoft Azure to become a Red Hat Enterprise Linux channel partner

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A new Microsoft-Red Hat partnership could make hybrid cloud computing a lot easier and less binding, in a surprise move that sees Microsoft become a channel partner for an open source company

Cloud Direct scores £1.5m to bolster cloud service brokerage

Brett Raynes, founder and chief executive officer of Cloud Direct

UK-based cloud brokerage firm Cloud Direct has secured £1.5m equity investment this week, which will go towards strategic acquisitions and bolstering the firm’s reach.

Cloud is changing and challenging the channel

Cloud is prompting channel providers to invest more in being service integrators. But service providers see distributors largely as providers of tech support for cloud services

The impact of cloud computing is being felt in particular by “middlemen” in the IT product and service channel. According to recently published research by IT trade body CompTIA, the transition to cloud poses serious financial and technological challenges for IT distributors and resellers, with all evidence pointing to these distributors moving up the stack in response.

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