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Logicalis has become the first UK channel player to secure the Cisco IoT authorisation partner status just a few weeks after the vendor cut the ribbon on the scheme.
Cisco first announced the IoT partner authorisation in November last year at its Partner Summit with it being officially launched last month.
To get the nod from Cisco a partner has to put a number of both sales and technical staff through the training to get certified. Logicalis, which has been a partner of the vendor for two decades, managed to get double the required number up to speed and is now looking to get to the next stage, the IoT Advantage certification.
“IoT is a core focus area for the Logicalis Group and we’ve invested significant time and resources into building both our knowledge and solutions,” said Richard Simmons, European Chief Technologist for IoT at Logicalis.
“Our infrastructure expertise allows us to create secure automated network platforms, from the data centre to the edge, which is the foundation on which IoT services are built on. This, coupled with our rigorous training and data analytics skills and expertise, means we can help our customers fully embrace the potential of IoT," he added.
Speaking back in January, Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco, said that the vendor was looking to get resellers, ISVs, machine builders and service providers signed up to the programme, with the vendor pointing out that those with certifications would get the highest visibility across its own sales teams as well as with customers.
“In IoT, the conversation is about business outcomes. It starts with secure connectivity as the foundation of every IoT deployment. By providing scale, flexibility and security, we’re turning the network into a secret weapon for our IoT customers,” said Centoni.
The vendor has made IoT one of the main themes of its recent partner summit and Cisco Live events and it is clearly going to be an area of focus for partners throughout the rest of this year.