Ingram Micro Inc. continues to make incremental progress with the Ingram Micro Cloud -- a portal and cloud aggregation service that allows VARs and MSPs to leverage or resell SaaS applications and management tools. At the same time, sources say Tech Data is striving to recruit key ISVs (independent software vendors) for the Tech Data StreamOne Solutions Store, which essentially is a cloud app store under development now.

First, the official news. Ingram Micro, as expected, has released three new cloud services to the North America market. They include:

  1. The N-central  remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform from N-Able Technologies

  2. The Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud (SEP.Cloud) from Symantec

  3. Worry-Free Business Security Services from Trend Micro

The announcement is no surprise; the three above companies were among the eight companies that vowed to support the Ingram Micro Cloud effort back in June 2011.

Ingram Micro Vice President of Managed Services and Cloud Computing Renee Bergeron said the announcement confirms what Ingram first reveiled at a June summit. "VMware [VSSP] was available immediately, and now Symantec, N-Able and Trend Micro solutions are available through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace," Bergeron said. "The next three [BMC Software, SherWeb and Siemens Enterprise Communications] will be rolling out in August, and Cisco will be available during Q4."

Longer term, Ingram Micro plans to extend the Ingram Micro Cloud strategy globally. "We have a global strategy when it comes to the cloud," Bergeron said. In fact, Bergeron met with Ingram Micro's EMEA and Latin America teams this month to discuss reselling plans, and she said we can expect to see a global expansion during the 2011 calendar year.