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Avnet Teams Up With Cloud Provider Intermedia

Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its portfolio with the addition of Office in the Cloud services from Intermedia, a one-stop shop for cloud IT. Avnet will provide Intermedia’s cloud IT services to its U.S. and Canadian partners. These services include email, voice, file syncing and sharing, identity and access management, security and archiving.

Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud services will be available to partners through Avnet Cloud Solutions. Certain Intermedia services offer a choice of multi-tenant and private cloud offerings. Partners also have access to the Avnet Cloud Toolset (ACT) to help customers manage these cloud solutions. ACT, launched in November 2014, helps partners in the United States and Canada manage and track cloud accounts across multiple cloud providers. Partners get full visibility into Intermedia provision accounts, provision cloud services and cloud spending, as well as invoices that track individual and aggregate cloud use for their organizations. 

Tech Data Debuts Special Pricing Agreement Tracker

Tech Data launched its My S.P.A. Tracker, a special pricing agreement (S.P.A.) tracker for solution providers to help partners maximize sales by never missing an opportunity, the company said. The tracker allows solution providers to manage their special pricing agreements in one place.

Users can create custom rules for each vendor S.P.A., including notifications when agreements are new, expiring or recently modified. Email alerts about S.P.A. status can be automatically sent to team members as needed based on predetermined criteria. It is available through and Tech Data’s site. Unveils Referral Partner Program, an ISO 27001-certified secure cloud computing company, has launched its Referral Partner Program targeted at systems integrators, digital agencies, VARs and IT consultants.

As part of the program, all referral partners are assigned a dedicated cloud consultant and are supported by additional technical experts, as necessary. They also have access to a variety of training tools and programs. In addition to commissions for new customers and any solution upgrades, partners are paid commissions for the life of the customer.

NCP, Tech Data Sign Distribution Agreement

NCP engineering, a security technology provider, and Tech Data, have signed a distribution agreement that gives the global IT distributor’s reseller partners access to the NCP remote access VPN solutions.

The agreement, which expands NCP’s partner network, initially focuses on Tech Data’s channel of SMB solution providers in the United States and Canada, which can offer the NCP Secure Entry Clients through the distributor’s Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division. The NCP Secure Enterprise Solution is also available across the channel for larger deployments.

IT-Ready Job Program Receives $50K Grant

The Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT-Ready job program in Minneapolis/St. Paul has received a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). The grant will help low-income residents train for careers in IT. The program is offered free of charge to help unemployed and under-employed individuals enter the IT field. IT-Ready is opening an office in Edina, Minn., next month and is hosting three additional IT-Ready classes this year to train and certify IT workers.