Tech Data Expands Extreme Networks Alliance, Adds dinCloud, MakerBot

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Tech Data Corp. this week made a slew of new partnership announcements.

The distributor has teamed up once again with Extreme Networks Inc., and added dinCloud and MakerBot to its roster.

Here’s a breakdown of each deal:

Extreme Networks. Tech Data expanded its alliance with Extreme Networks so resellers specializing in data center infrastructure get access to more customer resources, credit opportunities, technical support, sales training and lead generation. Tech Data is offering Extreme Networks’ products through its Advanced Infrastructure solutions division.

dinCloud. Tech Data now offers dinCloud’s hosted virtual desktops, hosted virtual servers and cloud storage platform through its TDCloud unit. dinCloud has made significant strides within the channel since its inception in January 2011.

MakerBot. This company, which specializes in desktop 3D printing and scanning, is shifting from a retail and e-commerce strategy in North America to a channel focus. To that end, it has signed an exclusive one-year distribution deal with Tech Data in the United States and Canada. That means Tech Data partners now may sell MakerBot products including the Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and the Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, as well as the soon-to-be-released Replicator Z18 3D Printer. The printers all are powered by MakerBot’s platform that includes a camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

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