Exclusive names new cloud envoy

Exclusive Group's Cloud First strategy has a new man at the helm, Patrick van Arendonk, who brings almost 30 years experience and joins from Exclusive Networks Netherlands where he held positions including General Manager and Director of Business Development.

Prior to this he was founder of VADition Benelux (acquired by Exclusive Group in 2011) and has also worked in senior sales roles at Juniper, F5 and Cisco, among others.

"It's time for some blue sky thinking now that the cloud consumption model is beginning to become more relevant," said Barrie Desmond, COO of Exclusive Group.

"The Cloud First initiative is our way of helping us, our vendors and reseller partners understand their relevance in this journey and get them to put cloud at the forefront of their proposals and strategic mindset.

"Cloud First means always thinking cloud, something we've done ever since the launch of BigTec four years ago. And to underline the significance we have appointed Patrick as our envoy to spread the message and activate new, practical programmes across all divisions of Exclusive Group."

Arendonk, Director of Cloud First, commented: "The traditional on-premise hardware-based markets for cybersecurity and infrastructure are still growing. But the private, public and hybrid cloud alternatives are growing 10 times faster. The opportunities for partners are huge but only if they take some steps to evolve."