It’s been over 6 years since we launched ChannelCloud and WOW what a journey it’s been! We thank you for partnering with us and for the role you have played in our mutual success in delivering cloud solutions. From the great debates over the definition of ‘cloud’ and channel’s role in the delivery of cloud services to the commodization of many cloud offerings and the Adoption Curve for cloud compared to where it was 6 years ago, the competitive landscape continues to change—and to adapt, so has ChannelCloud!
Today, we would like to announce our new brand, website, and new products and services!
For the ChannelCloud ‘brand’, we’ve redesigned our entire look and feel from scratch, including our logo, color scheme, and website. Our goal with this redesign and new website (outside of a simple refresh) is to make the content more mobile device friendly, add Blog and Social Media features, and leverage this as a platform to announce our new products and offerings.
We have been watching closely both industry and technology trends and developments in recent years. We have also continued investing in enhancing the ChannelCloud platform and in developing new products for our partners. Subsequently, we are delighted to share with you the details on our new CloudSmart Hybrid IT Appliance product and the new ChannelCloud platform; both of which we believe will greatly enhance your competitiveness and solution differentiation to your client base.
You see us mention ‘Hybrid IT’ but what does it really mean? Hybrid IT – combining on site IT with cloud services – opens up new resources to the IT Manager wanting to implement business enabling solutions. It offers the best of both worlds: on site control with cloud offerings and flexibility. Hybrid IT-as-a-Service combines local IT hardware and software pre-built and pre-integrated into the cloud, remotely managed and priced as a service. It provides a greater opportunity to increase flexibility and scalability, while ensuring a high level of control is kept in the hands of the IT team. As you know, moving to a subscription-based cost model means a large capital outlay is no longer a requirement.
Channel Cloud’s new CloudSmart Hybrid IT Appliance is a simple onsite server based solution offering tightly integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization platforms deployed on the clients site. Pre-integrated with cloud services and managed remotely from the cloud, these appliances provide an efficient, flexible and consistent Hybrid IT solution for small to medium businesses. This solution delivers all of the familiar benefits of a local server, with the additional flexibility and cost models associated with cloud solutions. Combined, these benefits deliver new levels of cost benefit and efficiency compared to the traditional server infrastructure.
In addition, the next generation of the ChannelCloud platform, delivered from a Windows 2012 foundation, includes the capability to deliver IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, RaaS, and DaaS services all from a self-service portal. This new generation platform also includes a tight integration to Windows Azure and O365, where you can leverage your CSP or ChannelCloud’s CSP licensing, expand the breadth and depth of your offerings. For DaaS customers, automated provisioning delivering a complete environment in 1 hour (versus 1-3 days), user profile disks and a secure remote access gateway are just some of the new features and functionalities. Along with a simplified sales enablement model, marketing collateral, easy ordering procedure, and familiar support process, you are ensured a smooth transition to the new platform and go to market planning to acquire new customers.
There is more to share and we are planning to invite you to a webinar in the coming weeks to do just that. Your feedback is more than welcome and please be sure to check back to this Blog page for more exciting announcements!