Per this article, HP is now Google’s largest reseller ( Google’s Channel Gets Bigger With HP Deal ). Rather than get overly focused on the initial implementation (HP SMB IT in a Box), which I don’t think will get a ton of traction long-term after an initial flurry of activity, the most important part of the article is:
“The HP deal is more than just a massive expansion of Google’s channel and market potential; it’s also about the potential expansion in capabilities and support. HP plans to complement Google Apps by integrating it into its management console to ease administration and support.”
Announcements around Microsoft’s tactics and policies towards resellers and OEMs have come under fire:
- limited partner involvement in Surface at launch
- licensing stranglehold impeding widespread adoption of DaaS (HVD) for SMBs
and now this.
What’s next? LibreOffice or OpenOffice to get OEM’d by Dell or Lenovo for the lowest-cost cloud-based virtual workspace available anywhere? The cost for something like this could get an end-user a very functional Office-like desktop for less than $25/month, all in including all HW/SW/Support.