Nile Launches its Ecosystem Program to Bring New Growth and Profit Opportunities

Nile | September 15, 2022 | Read time : 08:00 min

Ecosystem Program
Nile, a new provider of enterprise network technology and services, today launched its partner program Nile Connect, focused on driving channel partner success via accelerated business growth, and profitability enabling partners to represent Nile’s new campus network platform. Nile Connect puts partner success at its foundation, equipping the channel with a wired and wireless service reimagined from the ground up to be delivered entirely as-a-Service (aaS) grounded in unheralded network simplicity, security, performance, and dramatically lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for both the partner and the customer.

The unveiling of Nile Connect comes as the company emerged today from stealth to lead a significant market transition that will redefine enterprise networking forever, changing how organizations design, acquire, deploy, secure, and maintain a connectivity experience defined by simplicity. Nile was formed by co-founders Pankaj Patel (former EVP and Chief Development Officer at Cisco) and John Chambers (former Executive Chairman and CEO at Cisco, and founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures) working together as one of the network industry’s most powerful leadership duos, combined with experienced channel executives and engineers, powered by unprecedented IP and innovation, and with strong financial funding.

Nile said more than 50 solution providers were already engaged with Nile Connect at the time of launch, including network ecosystems leaders like Presidio and CBTS, among others. Nile Connect appeals to partners of all sizes and offers a compelling partnership framework designed around:
  • Simplicity: a tier-less program structure designed for a quick-ramp with simple requirements and processes, with no time-consuming technical certifications, and a value-selling approach;
  • Profitability: an expanded market opportunity with strong margins to fuel ARR (annual recurring revenue) growth, designed to deliver a net-cash-flow positive revenue stream for partners;
  • Opportunity: an opportunity to be a part of leading an as-a-Service market disruption with an end-to-end service at a lower TCO and a better network experience; and
  • Outcome Focused: with the objective to change the technology consumption experience and deliver business and technical outcomes while easing partner service delivery and cost model concerns
“As network incumbents have attempted to adapt to increasingly evolving customer needs, partners have felt manufacturers’ profitability comes first, ultimately squeezing them financially and relationally,” said Lou Serlenga, Chief Revenue Officer, Nile. “Our approach is different. Nile Connect is designed to work with and through partners, not around them. Our partners’ success is at the forefront of everything we do with a commitment to a quick ramp and faster path to revenue. This true collaboration is a win-win-win – for partners, for Nile, and most importantly, for customers.”

“As network incumbents have attempted to adapt to increasingly evolving customer needs, partners have felt manufacturers’ profitability comes first, ultimately squeezing them financially and relationally,” said Lou Serlenga, Chief Revenue Officer, Nile.

A Program Designed to Eliminate Channel Pain Points

Nile Connect provides a simple, tier-less approach that ensures partners are able to achieve the highest levels of margin as they start, and no longer have to wait until much later after meeting requirements for multiple technical certifications and revenue ramp to get to higher tier and discount levels. Simplified program tools and processes further ensures that partners are not adversely impacted by complex workflows that add to operational overheads that dilutes profit. Nile brings a differentiated and innovative technology unveiled into a market transition, along with an opportunity to bundle more solutions and support customer outcomes, Nile Connect is designed so partners seamlessly fit in to the ecosystem and truly pioneer transformation for their customers – all without the complexity, competition, and confusion they’re increasingly experiencing today from entrenched incumbent manufacturers.

“We are incredibly excited about the prospect of bringing such an innovative and differentiated offering to customers,” said Dave Hart, President and COO of Presidio, the leading global digital services and solutions provider. “Nile offers what many of our customers have been asking for – a simple approach to IT infrastructure that provides a scalable operating model combining innovative technology for deployment, monitoring and support with a predictable financial model that removes the operational and financial headaches of owning and supporting the network. At the same time, Nile’s leadership is equally committed to the success, profitability, and differentiation of its partners, which is always welcome news in this industry. We see Nile’s offer as a real win-win for Presidio and our customers.”

An Ecosystem Ready for the Disruption

Nile’s innovation and delivery model disrupts traditional sales motions, built from the ground up to be delivered as-a-service, providing consumption-based connectivity and services in conjunction with its partners and ensuring the partner-customer relationship remains intact. Nile’s revenue-sharing approach also eliminates variables and streamlines the process—it’s simple, straightforward, and focused on what matters most: customer success.

The Nile Connect program is ideal for partners of all sizes, from large national solution providers to regional and local partners. Nile is also an ideal play for the MSP (managed service provider) channel, as its innovative network solution simplifies service delivery, reduces help desk calls, automates management to maintain guaranteed service performance levels, removes the need for lifecycle management, and delivers a net cash flow positive financial model.

“As the network model shifts to aaS, Nile is redefining what a partner-first approach should look like – one where partners have guaranteed growth and profitability, where value for the customer continues to evolve, and where the friction of ownership, configuration, and transactions is eliminated,” said Bob Burlas, Chief Product Officer, Pomeroy IT Solutions, Inc. “We are excited by the potential of this innovative offering and are committing our resources to bring a differentiated solution to our customers and prospects.”

“Eliminating complexity, especially as it relates to the solutions that we can offer our customers and prospective customers, has been a challenge for far too long,” said Joe Putnick, Chief Innovation Officer, CBTS. “Nile’s approach takes direct aim at this—it’s simple, it’s straightforward, and it puts the customer first while also making partner growth a priority.”

North American partners interested in Nile Connect can learn more at or can contact Vivek Khemani, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales at

About Nile
Nile is redefining the network experience for customers with disruptive simplicity, delivering true network-as-a-service consumption, built in hardened security, lifecycle management without the management and backed by the industry’s only verified, performance-based SLAs. For more information, see


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