Dell EMC to Formally Distribute VMware Licenses


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In a measured rollout, Dell EMC on Tuesday announced that it will become a distributor of VMware licenses for its Titanium and Titanium Black tier-level partners.

While the vendor took its first step down this path in July with a strategic set of Federal Business partners, today, Titanium and Titanium Black partners in six countries – U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K. and France – can opt to source from Dell EMC, in addition to the vendor’s other distributor partners.

Dell's Cheryl Cook

Dell EMC’s Cheryl Cook

The new arrangement allows Titanium and Titanium Black partners to purchase directly from Dell EMC and still earn the benefits of the VMware partner program, which was not doable prior to today.

“We’ve tried hard to listen to our partner community, collaborating with them, and from an engagement perspective we’re very much promoting and trying to support the cross-sell opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for partners and as they expand in the portfolio – and they’re selling both VMware as well as Dell product offerings – being able to source all of those from Dell is something they’ve requested,” Cheryl Cook, vice president global channels and alliances at Dell EMC, told us.

Dell sold VMware licenses in the past, and many partners span both Dell EMC and VMware partner programs. In order to participate in this new distribution setup, partners must be in both vendor’s partner programs.

“Purchasing VMware licenses from Dell EMC will now give partners the eligibility inside the VMware partner program — and that didn’t exist before,” said Cook.

Partners will still do deal registration in the VMware program, but they’ll now earn their VMware program benefits, incentives and the revenue they spend with Dell will count toward their revenue attainments, rather than having to forgo their benefits as was done previously.

“This action addresses consistent pieces of feedback from solution providers and customers to help simplify doing business within Dell Technologies,” said Brandon Sweeney, senior vice president, global sales and operations VMware. “We will continue to offer flexibility and choice for our open partner ecosystem. Partners can continue to leverage their existing VMware distributor if they choose. Regardless of how they buy, they will still earn their VMware benefits. Our relationship with Dell EMC now makes it easier for our mutual partners to do business with us, while providing them with more choice.”

Partners should know that there’s no unique price advantage if they opt to purchase with Dell EMC, nor is there any penalty for not doing so. This new sourcing option targets Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs) — typically large, custom and complex licensing arrangements.

Expect to see Dell EMC expand this agreement to 25 more countries by the end of its fiscal first quarter, or February 2018.

While not mentioning any time frame, Cook said the company is looking to expand this program beyond Titanium and Titanium Black partners worldwide; however, in order to do that, Dell EMC wants to make sure that it …

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