February 7, 2014
Value-added distributor (VAD) Arrow Electronics is building out its selection of cloud-based services on the ArrowSphere online marketplace. Arrow has signed a distribution agreement with independenceIT to add its Cloud Workspace desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering to ArrowSphere.
It’s not the first DaaS offering Arrow has added to its marketplace. In December, the distributor signed a similar agreement with dinCloud.
Through the partnership with independenceIT, Arrow will market, sell and support the vendor’s DaaS offering throughout North America. Additionally, Arrow will integrate Cloud Workspace’s management and provisioning functions into the ArrowSphere platform so users can manage their IT services with a single cloud services management interface.
“In business today, meeting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) user demand, while maintaining data security and managing compliance and disaster recovery risks is daunting. iIT’s Cloud Workspace enables business leaders to meet these challenging requirements, and realize the cost savings and greater agility of a cloud workspace platform,” said Jim Livingston, vice president of North American Services for Arrow’s ECS business unit, in a prepared statement. “iIT’s Cloud Workspace, now offered through the ArrowSphere cloud webstore, helps our partners to deliver an unprecedented level of service more easily and profitably.”
The independenceIT DaaS offering provides always-on access to business applications, a Microsoft Windows desktop experience and corporate file systems that can be accessed from anywhere on any device. The vendor touts “complete control, security and auditability” as core features of the offering.
Currently, Cloud Workspace supports more than 600 business applications.
For channel partners, DaaS is a growing space. As sister site The VAR Guy noted, a TechNavio report stated that the DaaS market will increase by 25 percent from 2013 to 2018. It’s a cloud service that is becoming increasingly popular, and that also means an increasing number of opportunities for partners.
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