Ingram Micro Expands SaaS Solutions
Distributor Broadens Managed Service Offerings with Three Microsoft-based Hosted Software-as-a-Service Solutions for VARs.
Distributor Ingram Micro has expanded its managed services offerings with three new Microsoft-based hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for VARs and resellers.
The Windows SharePoint 3.0 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and 2003 solutions are available to the channel through the distributor's Seismic Virtual Services Warehouse and can be added by system builders to their white boxes to build value and expand customer loyalty.
In addition, Ingram Micro will launch a fourth on-demand SaaS solution, Seismic Hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, in May.
Hosted Exchange services are in high-demand and will continue to grow as businesses reliance on email and mobile devices such as BlackBerries and smartphones increases, said Justin Crotty, vice president, Ingram Micro Services Division, North America. This new lineup of Seismic Hosted Microsoft Exchange and Windows SharePoint solutions enables our partners to capitalize on this booming market opportunity and deliver high-value, private-label, enterprise-grade SaaS solutions to their customers without having to incur any up-front expenses or hire new technicians to complete deployment and manage the services.
The new hosted solutions will make it easier for channel partners to maintain IT services for business customers without expanding their own IT staffs or purchasing expensive software licenses.
Martin McCarthy, general manager of reseller Synapse Information Technology said the hosted solutions will be a cost-effective way for channel partners to provide software services to business customers.
Ingram Micros Hosted Seismic SaaS solutions have made it possible for us to easily offer our clients the same enterprise-class features and benefits that Fortune 500 businesses get from Microsoft Exchange, but at a price they can afford, McCarthy said.
The ability to private-label also brings tremendous value to our company by adding a signature of service that our clients cant get anywhere else.
Ingram is including daily backups to ensure a positive user experience. Seismic partners will also receive a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee on shared servers and 100-percent uptime guarantee on dedicated servers.
Pricing for the new Seismic Hosted Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and 2003, as well as Seismic Hosted Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 SaaS solutions will be based upon the number of users. After purchasing these offerings, partners can private-label the services, modify the web-based control panel with their own branding and establish monthly per-user pricing according to what their customer base will bear. Partners can also sell hosted Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 as part of their private-label offerings, Ingram officials added.