Ingram Micro, Odin, Microsoft & Cloud Hosting: A Perfect Storm

This opinion piece I wrote covering Ingram Micro’s acquisition of Odin was one of the top stories on Channel Partners Online in January 2016.

Ingram Micro recently announced it is acquiring the Odin Service Automation platform from Parallels. It’s a very interesting piece of news, particularly in the context of a more general trend of consolidation in the cloud hosting industry. As cloud-based services become more widely adopted and commoditized, there is a movement toward fewer, very large players fighting for domination. It’s a battle that has already seen quite illustrious casualties, including HPE, which decided to give up trying to compete with its own offering and become a premium partner of Microsoft Azure.

What’s the relationship between Odin and Ingram Micro, and how does Microsoft come into the picture?

Read the full article on Channel Partners Online.

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