Tech Data Adds HP Solutions to its TDCloud Cloud Offerings
Tech Data is on a cloud partnership spree. Earlier this week, the well-known distributor enabled VARs to offer IBM Cloud products from its expanding TDcloud offering. And now TDCloud is growing again with the availability of the HP CloudSystem Platform for Tech Data’s cloud service provider partners.
Vice President of Product Marketing for HP Solutions at Tech Data John O’Shea had nothing but praise for HP’s cloud product line in a prepared statement:
“The HP CloudSystem infrastructure assembles best-in-class cloud technology across the private, public and hybrid models. HP has developed one of the most coherent, complete Cloud platform solutions and will essentially provide our VARs with an easy point of market entry to capitalize on HP’s position as the only industry leader able to bring together world-class server, storage, and software technologies into one cloud solution.”
Unlike that earlier IBM Cloud announcement, Tech Data isn’t offering specifics on what, exactly, resellers can take advantage of with the HP availability. But that’s a problem dating back to HP CloudSystem’s inception back in the spring of 2011. It seems TDCloud resellers can take advantage of automation and management for cloud systems, networking, storage and security, with the goal of enabling VARs to create cohesive clouds for customers.
In the press release, Tech Data said it has opened an HP Solutions Center in its corporate headquarters to help bring CloudSystem into TDCloud. The center is designed to promote the HP BladeSystem Matrix solution “and a host of HP service automation software and system extensions.”
Resellers will be trained in the finer points of TDcloud’s HP CloudSystem Platform offering, thanks to an expansion of its TDcloud Academy program. Essentially, Tech Data plans on offering HP-specific training events and workshops for its partners.
The impression I got from Tech Data’s promotional materials is that TDcloud is embracing the HP cloud ecosystem in a way that it hasn’t with other vendors’ cloud offerings. After all, to my knowledge, Tech Data never promised to build a similar IBM facility.
It’s interesting to me that Tech Data would promote HP to partners, despite the fact that HP may well be the quietest of the major tech sector players when it comes to cloud chatter.