CenturyLink, CyrusOne scale data center sales reach with Ingram Micro

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and CyrusOne (Nasdaq: CONE), two service providers that have been broadening their presence in the data center market, have separately signed deals with Ingram Micro to sell its colocation space to clients.

Although CenturyLink and CyrusOne approach the data center market differently, they both gain one common benefit: scale.

Ingram, which plans on pursuing other arrangements with other cloud and data center providers, currently has relationships with 1,700 vendors access to a global customer base of more than 200,000 resellers in approximately 160 countries.

Renee Bergeron, vice president of managed services and cloud computing for Ingram Micro, said in a Channel Partners article that its agreements to add services from providers such as CenturyLink and CyrusOne reflects the notion that cloud services are combining both telecom and IT channels.  

"It's a matter of survival" for VARs to include connectivity with cloud, Bergeron said, adding that by being able to provision both IT and network services through Ingram Micro cuts complexity for partners.

For more:
- see the release
- Channel Partners has this article

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