Channel Conflict, Controversy: Microsoft Channel Chief Exit, Kaseya-Datto Reaction, Google Cloud

There's always something to buzz about in the channel.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

June 8, 2022

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Forget the midterm election drama. There’s plenty of channel conflict and controversy involving Microsoft, Kaseya and Datto, Google Cloud and Cisco.

New hires, changing channel programs, security breaches and M&A are typical Channel Futures fare. But there also are plenty of eye-opening controversies that draw you to the watercooler. There have been quite a few since our last roundup of channel conflict and controversy in December.

Recent hubbub involves Rodney Clark’s sudden departure from Microsoft, partners’ shock over Kaseya acquiring Datto, and Google Cloud losing its president and its vice president of customer experience.

In addition, T-Mobile is rocked by a cyber breach again, the Federal Communications Commission declares Kaspersky a threat to national security, and recruiters admit bias against women in tech hiring.

So grab some popcorn and click through the slides above. Revisit the controversies and conflicts that have impacted the channel over the past several months.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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