From layoffs to big personnel changes, July didn’t lack for significant channel news.
Our latest list of top 12 stories features a promise from Rackspace to its partners, CenturyLink’s CEO going on the offensive over fraud allegations, and Verizon making a huge change at the top of its channel structure.
But that’s not all. A story about AT&T retiring landline service and a ranking of the leaders in SIP trunking also made our list.
Rankings are based on a melding of online page views and our weekly newsletter results.
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#12 — Extreme Networks Reassures Nervous Partners
In a story published in late June, we told you how Extreme Networks has been answering questions and reassuring nervous partners and customers since it got the OK to buy Avaya’s networking business for $100 million — a deal that closed in July.
Avaya filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. It entered into an asset purchase agreement with Extreme for the networking business in a section 363 sale under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
Extreme recently held an informational webinar aimed at helping customers and partners better understand the latest updates related to the transition.
CenturyLink CEO Glen Post went on the offensive in a an email to employees, telling them that he is cooperating with a Minnesota Attorney General's lawsuit alleging the telco billed higher amounts than its sales agents quoted customers for internet and cable television service.
CenturyLink faces a flurry of class-action lawsuits in several states that followed a lawsuit filed in Arizona by former employee Heidi Heiser, who said she was fired from her job as a customer service and sales agent days after notifying Post of the alleged billing scheme.
Post, who denies Heiser ever notified him, wrote, “These claims were accompanied by what seems to be a pretty coordinated negative media and PR campaign aimed at CenturyLink and a rush of securities litigation as well."
Level 3 Communications is tops in SIP trunking for the second year in a row, according to IHS Markit’s 2017 SIP Trunking Service Provider Scorecard. The annual report ranks and analyzes the top providers of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services in North America.
Verizon was close behind Level 3 thanks to its purchase of XO Communications.
Ingram Micro beefed up its cloud unit’s executive team. The distributor announced hiring two leaders and promoted another in Ingram Micro Cloud.
Richard Dufty, formerly of AppDirect, is the new senior VP of Ingram's global cloud platform. Tim FitzGerald, previously with Avnet, becomes VP of cloud channel sales. And Jason Bystrak, formerly Ingram Micro Cloud's executive director of North America, is now executive director of partner enablement.
Learn more about these execs here.
Research firm MarketsandMarkets predicted the colocation market to go from $32 billion this year to $62 billion in 2022. That's an annual growth rate of 14.6 percent.
Small and medium-size businesses, which enjoy fewer infrastructure requirements than their larger counterparts, will grow the fastest in colocation, according to the study.
AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 were among those companies listed as leading vendors in the space.
Read more about it here.
Channel Partners chatted with Craig West, VP of channel sales at NetSuite, to learn more about the company's business and partner strategy since being acquired by Oracle.
"With the acquisition, our sales go-to-market strategy is unchanged. With the acquisition, we’re running our business independently so we still have direct sellers and channel partners," West told us.
Read what else he had to say here.