Zenith Infotech Extends Private Cloud Push to South America
Zenith Infotech develops SmartStyle, a private cloud solution for IT service providers — VARs, MSPs and cloud services providers. A platform add-on, called MirrorCloud, extends SmartStyle with business continuity and data restore capabilities. Zenith Infotech sold off its RMM (remote monitoring and management) and NOC (network operations center) businesses in September to Summit Partners.
As part of the South America push, Zenith Infotech has translated its SmartStyle Computing website to Portuguese (www.zenithinfotech.com/br). Zenith Infotech’s international push also includes a road show that will extend across North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Zenith Infotech’s global march continues even as the company deals with a bond default legal case in India. That case is expected to resume sometime this week, according to the Times of India. Amid the Zenith Infotech bond default, numerous cloud backup and disaster recovery companies have introduced migration plans to potentially recruit MSPs and resellers away from Zenith Infotech’s technology.
I’m aware of some partners that are making migration moves, but know plenty of partners that are sticking with Zenith Infotech as well.
During the recent IT Nation conference in Orlando, Fla., I asked HTG Peer Groups Founder Arlin Sorensen for his perspective.
Of course Sorensen — like me — might have some built-in biases and conflicts of interest. Zenith Infotech has multiple sponsor relationships with our websites, and Zenith Infotech also has sponsor relationships with HTG Peer Groups. My personal view is that VARs and MSPs should avoid fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) tied to the situation. But they should also have a backup strategy in place for every vendor in the cloud market, where a shakeout is certainly brewing.
On the backup and disaster recovery front, Sorensen noted that his own IT services business continues to use Zenith Infotech. And he’s made additional purchases in recent weeks. “I think this [the bond default case] is way overblown, as it always is in the channel. No doubt they’re losing some partners. But I’m staying the course with my eyes wide open.”
In a press release today, Zenith Infotech CEO Akash Saraf said the company has about 2,000 channel partners worldwide. Talkin’ Cloud will be watching to see how that partner base evolves as Zenith Infotech continues an international push while trying to reach some sort of closure with bondholders.