10 Fast Facts About Arrow's Cloud Services

 
 
By Gina Roos  |  Posted 2014-07-30 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Cloud-Selling Platform
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    Cloud-Selling Platform

    Arrow brings its ArrowSphere cloud service brokerage and aggregation platform to North America in 2013. Services include white-label Web stores to help drive cloud adoption, along with services around building and scaling cloud practices.
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    Supporting a Web-Scale Infrastructure Approach
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    Supporting a Web-Scale Infrastructure Approach

    Arrow signed an agreement to sell the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform in North America. The product consolidates computing and storage tiers into a single integrated appliance. The Web-scale infrastructure, pioneered by big cloud and Web companies, is touted as a new and simpler way to deploy and manage data centers, and is moving into the mainstream.
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    Cloud Transitions
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    Cloud Transitions

    Arrow adds SoftLayer's (an IBM company) cloud infrastructure offerings, complementing its services support for IBM hardware and software. The partnership is aimed at IBM solution providers that are helping their customers transition to the cloud.
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    Hybrid Services
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    Hybrid Services

    The addition of VMware VCloud Hybrid Service to the ArrowSphere platform delivers automated replication, monitoring and high availability of applications without code changes. Built on VMware vSphere, the platform allows customers to extend their data center to the cloud without having to rewrite their applications.
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    Education as a Value-Added Service
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    Education as a Value-Added Service

    Selected as one of four IBM Global Training providers for the tech giant's Software Group and Systems and Technology Group, Arrow launched the Global Training Alliance to offer IBM training globally. In addition to systems and software training, the alliance includes educational services around cloud computing, big data, mobility and security.
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    Focus on MSPs
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    Focus on MSPs

    Arrow launches ArrowSphere xSP Central, an online module for managed service providers (MSPs). This is designed to help MSPs better manage their license agreements while helping them improve their margins and services to customers.
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    Desktop-as-a-Service in the Cloud
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    Desktop-as-a-Service in the Cloud

    Arrow offers dinCloud's complete portfolio of cloud-based services, including hosted virtual desktops, hosted virtual servers and cloud storage services. The dinCloud DaaS offering gives Arrow's resellers additional opportunities to add services around these offerings.
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    NetApp Support
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    NetApp Support

    A partnership with Artisan Infrastructure, a wholesale infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, delivers cloud-based data protection infrastructure and a suite of services to support NetApp customers.
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    Securing the Cloud

    Arrow expands its distribution agreement with SafeNet to deliver data security and compliance offerings in virtualized and storage environments. Arrow's channel partners can now offer SafeNet's complete data protection portfolio in North America, including ProtectV, a data encryption solution for virtualized and cloud environments.
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    Bundling Services

    Arrow offers converged infrastructure bundles, built on IBM's Flex System and the Juniper Networks QFabric technology, to simplify integration for cloud data centers. The offering is designed to help customers manage virtualization demands driven by big data initiatives that need integrated server and storage.
 

Arrow Electronics entered the cloud race a few years ago with the launch of its cloud services platform—ArrowSphere—by testing the waters with European channel partners first before expanding the program into North America. Although the industry has spawned new types of providers to support cloud computing, IT distributors have a big role to play. Arrow pointed out at one time that traditional channel partners are poised to deliver cloud services because of their alignment to IT and their skills and capabilities around services such as the integration and assessment of applications and security. A recent CompTIA survey found that channel partners plan to use distribution for an array of services, including technical support, aggregation of cloud services, data center accessibility and hosting services, as well as vetting cloud service providers and offerings. Over the past year, Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions segment has focused on bolstering its cloud offerings through new or expanded partnerships. Many of these offerings are tied into other key tech markets, including converged infrastructure, virtualization and big data.  Here is a quick look at Arrow's latest offerings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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