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Cloud Nation Launches Portal

Industry veterans Tom Poole and Harry Brelsford debut the new cloud portal to enable channel pros to deliver enterprise-quality cloud solutions to SMBs. By Admin

Cloud Nation, sister company to SMB Nation, has launched its Cloud Solutions Portal to enable allow MSPs and VARs to deliver enterprise-quality cloud solutions to SMBs.

Co-founded by Tom Poole and Harry Brelsford, the company's announcement builds on a legacy of fostering the growth of IT professionals. An award-winning entrepreneur, Poole was involved in developing industry-leading B2C and B2B online communities. Over the last decade, Brelsford has grown SMB Nation into one of the largest independent communities of SMB IT professionals in North America

Because cloud computing is completely changing the way SMBs manage their data, communications, and infrastructure, members of the SMB Nation community began asking both Poole and Brelsford three basic questions:

  1. How do we learn more about the cloud?
  2. What solutions are available to help us work with clients interested in the cloud?
  3. How do you make money in the cloud?

These questions, along with the expectation that cloud computing will be a $176 billion business by 2015, led Poole and Brelsford to work together on delivering a cloud platform for the SMB Nation community, which is based on more than just technology - it also includes education, certification, a unified billing platform, and sales and marketing support.

The launch of the Cloud Solutions Portal is also an opportunity for MSPs and VARs to reserve a founding membership within this new portal, enabling them to participate in and have access to the following components:

  • Exclusive entry into the all-in-one cloud platform, available only to members
  • Technical and business education to get you started in cloud consulting
  • 100 percent channel-friendly platform
  • Margins between 15 and 30 percent monthly
  • Access to a unified billing engine, designed specifically for cloud based businesses
  • Member-to-member referrals (an easy and effective way to grow your business)
  • A personalized, custom-built website

“We are extremely excited about the platform we've developed over the last year. It is the result of significant input from our technology partners, our community of IT professionals, and small and medium size businesses,” says Poole. “They were all frustrated with the cloud ecosystem, and we thank them very much for their guidance in the creation of Cloud Nation.

Members of the SMB Nation community are excited about the launch of the portal as well. “The effort required to put together Cloud Nation's platform simply isn't in the reach of your typical IT Professional. The effort it would take to negotiate deals with top technology partners, develop a platform to deliver unified solutions, and then create the support platform to service is mind-numbing,” says Jay Weiss, CEO of Los Angeles-based Computer HMO, and longtime SMB Nation member. “In this industry, the only constant is change. For us to develop and manage diverse products ourselves is just not in the cards. Cloud Nation has delivered a simple and elegant solution that unites the cloud ecosystem. I'm excited and glad I've gotten in on the ground floor.”

To learn more about Cloud Nation, go to, or call (800) 550-1424. To download a white paper discussing the cloud business opportunity, go to

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