Synnex, the IT distributor, has officially launched CLOUDSolv, a cloud services automation platform that was first discussed in April 2011. Synnex CLOUDSolv surfaces amid potential distributor competition with Ingram Micro Cloud and Tech Data TDCloud. However, Synnex is trying to distance itself from rival distributors -- specifically stating that CLOUDSolv is more than a cloud aggregator service for VARs and MSPs.

This is a critical time for IT distributors, which have made a healthy living providing hardware -- including small business and departmental servers -- to resellers. But as some customers shift from on-premise servers to cloud applications, distributors are striving to reinvent their own business models. One potential option: Providing cloud portals that allow VARs and MSPs to source and manage a range of SaaS applications for customers.

Synnex first started discussing CLOUDSolv back in April 2011. For the official launch  today, Synnex President Kevin Murai offered this prepared statement:
“As a key component of our cloud strategy, SYNNEX is delivering on our commitment to provide our reseller customers with a platform to sell, provision and manage their “as-a-service” business.  CLOUDSolv is much more than just services aggregation; we are working with cloud ecosystem partners to help enable the reality of cloud computing."