8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), the leading provider of global Enterprise Communications as a Service (ECaaS), today announced the next generation of its international channel program, Channel 2.0. The program is designed to enable 8x8 partners to accelerate growth by taking full advantage of the industry shift from product-based on-premises solutions to cloud communications and deliver maximum customer value. As part of Channel 2.0, 8x8 is announcing several new partners and customers; the PartnerConnect portal to offer self-service and automation for the partner engagement lifecycle; enhanced sales and technical training and new partner certifications; and expanded channel enablement offerings including marketing and demand generation support. The channel is critical to 8x8's growth strategy, and the company has seen strong momentum with global partners such as Avant, CDW, CSG, Insight, Intelisys and Simplify. Today, 8x8 is announcing several new partnerships with Telarus, LANtelligence and PERRY proTECH in North America, and Great Outcomes in New Zealand. See related press release on Telarus for more details on this partnership. In addition, the company is expanding key partnerships into new regions, including Avant, CDW and Intelisys Global into the UK, and Exsel Group into Scotland. 8x8 channel partners have recently brought in several high-profile global customers including GameStop Corporation and OFX . New international customers announced today include AutoCustoms, Gerber Technology, On Q Financial and phoenixNAP. 8x8 has experienced steady growth from the channel with 16 of the company's top 25 deals in fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2016) coming through the channel, a more than 150 percent increase from fiscal 2015. In addition, the 8x8 global channel team has doubled over the past year with employees now in North America, Europe and Australia.