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Multicom gets into distribution

Norway : etailer Multicom has decided to launch a business unit specialized in PC component distribution, Megadata. Its goal will be to fill in the gaps from other distributors’ offers. It will leverage on its own IT system, which can easily be interfaced with those of any other etailer for sales purposes. The new distributor has also hired Stig Knutssen, the former sales/purchase manager of broadliner Hattelco, to leverage on its experience of the distribution (source : IT Bransjen Norge).

QNAP Appoints Redington as VAD for NAS distribution

India : QNAP Systems has entered into a distribution agreement with broadliner Redington to fulfill the demands in the network data storage market (source : Channel World India).

BAS distributes Viewsonic tablets

Benelux : broadliner BAS Group has added Viewsonic’s ViewPad tablets to its portfolio in both Belgium and the Netherlands.

NoVIR DATA gets underground

Germany : security VAD NoVIR DATA has signed a distribution partnership with the Austrian UTM vendor underground_8 (source : IT Business Deutschland).

DexxIT scans with Microtek

Germany : retail specialist DexxIT has expanded its imaging portfolio with Microtek scanners (source : Computer Reseller News Deutschland).

More details on the future value-added business of Esprinet

Italy : the announcement made the effect of a thunderstorm, but not much details were then given about the entry of broadliner Esprinet in value-added business. The distributor has since unveiled a few more details. The value-added business will not be a business unit, but a new legal entity specializing initially in virtualization and cloud computing. This legal entity will be managed by Luca Casini, who will present it as a « broadliner specialized in solutions ». More specific details are still strongly awaited about the team, brands distributed and services provided… (source : 01net.Trade Italia).

BinaryDistribution launches channel ESD service

United Kingdom : software industry specialist Jon Silvera has unveiled a new Electronic Software Distributor (ESD), BinaryDistribution.com. Silvera, previously MD of editor FastTrak Software Publishing, says this will allow smaller resellers and independents to stock a large range of software without the need for boxed product – thus eliminating dead stock woes. BinaryDistribution’s first coup has been to sign an exclusive agreement with music software brand eJay to publish its full range of music creation and audio/video conversion titles. It also had added ContentWatch family and professionnal Net watch tools to its fledgling portfolio (source : Channel Pro United Kingdom).

Some Cool Bananas for Comline

Germany : Mac specialist Comline has added Cool Bananas carry cases from adOcean to its accessory catalog.

Imago expands its partnership with Samsung

France : after a first signature in the United Kingdom this summer, telecom and video VAD Imago has expanded in the country its partnership with the Korean vendor for its LCD/LED/plasma screens.

Richard Carter moves up at Nimans

United Kingdom : Richard Carter is to play a more influential role at telecom VAD Nimans, combining his Business Development position with a Group Sales Director remit, replacing already-departing James Perkins. Carter returned to Nimans this summer to re-kindle his working relationship with Chairman and MD Julian Niman after a five-year absence, during which time he helped build Rocom prior to its acquisition by Nimans (source : Computer Reseller News United Kingdom).

A new owner for Intercopy

Holding Intercopy, which owns print and spareparts specialists Parts Depot in Germany and Copymix in France and Portugal, has been acquired by German compatible print supply vendor KMP. KMP is specialized in refurbished toner and inkjet cartridges as well as print supply for thermal transfert and dotmatrix printers. This acquisition will allow all three distributors to expand their portfolio with compatible print supply from KMP.

CMS Peripherals expands cloud offering with StratoGen

Storage VAD CMS Peripherals has signed a partnership agreement with StratoGen, a managed hosting company. Under the terms of the agreement CMS Peripherals will distribute StratoGen’s services to its reseller channels throughout UK and Ireland. As part of it CloudMadeSimple initiative, CMS Peripherals now allows users of Dell EqualLogic arrays to replicate their SANs into the Cloud.

Avnet stores on Hitachi

Czech Republic : Hitachi Data Systems has expanded its EMEA partnership with multispecialist Avnet to its Prague office. An extension to Slovakia has not yet been official planned.

Axiz adds HP POS systems to product portfolio

South Africa : broadliner Axiz, already an authorised HP distributor, has added the distribution of HP Point of Sale (POS) systems to its portfolio.

Datamatic plays with Sony

Italy : after Nintendo, broadliner Datamatic expands its gaming console portfolio with Sony Playstation 3 and related accessories and games (source : 01net.Trade Italia).

PCA stores on Samsung

France : peripheral and PC component specialist PCA France has added Samsung SD and Micro SD flash cards to its portfolio.

VIP welcomes onboard new sales director

United Kingdom : broadliner VIP Computers has appointed Dave Stevinson as new sales director. Dave brings with him a wealth of experience from within the UK IT channel. After working within the channel since 1994, Stevinson’s background incorporates a strong association with several computer display vendors. His former roles have included working as Managing Director at CTX Europe, Sales and Marketing Director at TECO Information Systems Europe, Managing Director at PGE and, most recently, as Managing Director at Edge 10. His strength and experience will further bolster VIP’s commitment to driving forward and working proactively to enhance the Warrington distributors commitment to its channel partners and customer base.

Download Hordes of Orc 2 with ASH

Germany : Mac software specialist Application Systems Heidelberg has launched in exclusivity the ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) Win/Mac German versions of Hordes of Orc 2 from Freeverse.

More CipherOptics for Exclusive Networks

After a first partnership in France and Maghreb, cypher specialist CipherOptics has expanded its relationship with network and security VAD Exclusive Networks to Portugal and Spain.

Nimans sips success

United Kingdom : telecom VAD Nimans has teamed-up with SIP trunking specialist Gamma to help dealers capitalise on growing market opportunities. The company had to complete an in-depth accreditation process where staff were assessed on sales, technical support and operational expertise.