Arrow Electronics entered the cloud race a few years ago with the launch of its cloud services platform—ArrowSphere—by testing the waters with European channel partners first before expanding the program into North America. Although the industry has spawned new types of providers to support cloud computing, IT distributors have a big role to play. Arrow pointed out at one time that traditional channel partners are poised to deliver cloud services because of their alignment to IT and their skills and capabilities around services such as the integration and assessment of applications and security. A recent CompTIA survey found that channel partners plan to use distribution for an array of services, including technical support, aggregation of cloud services, data center accessibility and hosting services, as well as vetting cloud service providers and offerings. Over the past year, Arrow’s Enterprise Computing Solutions segment has focused on bolstering its cloud offerings through new or expanded partnerships. Many of these offerings are tied into other key tech markets, including converged infrastructure, virtualization and big data. Here is a quick look at Arrow’s latest offerings.
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