I spent many years covering the reseller and integrator side of technology. These are the businesses that you, as a private person, have probably never heard of, but they’re essential partners for companies that use software and hardware. In short, all companies.
So I was happy to see that SYNNEX, a leading software and hardware distributor, had partnered up with Red Hat and other open-source ISV (independent software vendors) to form the Open Source Channel Alliance. It may just be what’s needed to get Linux and open-source software into more offices.
The name of the new alliance’s game is to deliver open-source technologies to a VARs (Value Added Resellers) and system integrators through SYNNEX. From these, in turn, companies will be able to get both software and support from not only Red Hat and JBoss but Alfresco, EnterpriseDB, Ingres, Jaspersoft, Likewise, Pentaho, Zmanda, Zenoss and Zimbra as well.