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VentureTech Network crosses the Atlantic

United Kingdom: broadliner Ingram Micro has launched its VentureTech Network (VTN) partner community in the country. The United Kingdom is the first country in Europe to be covered by VTN, established by Ingram Micro 15 years ago in the United States. VTN is an exclusive network of independent resellers who share ideas, resources, and technologies in a non-competitive environment. VTN makes it possible for members to easily partner with one another and to turn a local or regional business into a nationwide or multiregional operation. The network offers access to technology best practices, best-in-class solutions, and industry-leading service deployment through Ingram Micro partners. As part of the community, VTN members have the opportunity to network with and learn from other successful resellers, share best practices, leverage capabilities, and have greater visibility of vendors and market evolution. Mark Williams, Client Services Director of Wavex, will serve as VTN UK's first council President. To date, almost 20 resellers have already joined the new network.

ABO-Storage launches a Dropbox alternative

Switzerland: storage VAD ABO-Storage has launched its own version of Dropbox cloud-storage service. Dubbed storeSAFE, this service is based on Netapp servers and hosted in a datacenter near Zürich.

Acer reappoints BDL

Saudi Arabia: Taiwanese PC vendor Acer has resigned broadliner BDL Group as its distribution partner for the local market. BDL Group was Acer's distributor from 2003 to 2008.

Medisana catches a Koodoo

Russia: German consumer electronics vendor Medisana has signed a deal with mobility and peripheral specialist Koodoo Technologies, which is now allowed to distribute its connected healthcare products in the country.

ESET appoints Roop Technology as regional distributor

India: security editor ESET has appointed peripheral and storage specialist Roop Technology as their new regional distributor for Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and rest of Maharashtra markets. Roop Technology will be distributing retail and corporate range of security products across these regions. Apart from Roop Technology, ESET has seven regional distributors for different states catering to different verticals including Link Telecom (West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and North-East states), RS Computer Enterprises (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala), Synapse (Delhi NCR), Param System (Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand), Vinayak System (Rajasthan), Adinath Infosolutions (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana) and Software Mart (Mumbai, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh).

Sitecom chooses Brevi

Italy: broadliner Brevi has been chosen by Sitecom as official distributor for its soho network products.

Ingram Micro distributes Zagg

Germany: already working together in other countries, through the acquisition of Brighstar, mobility accessory vendor Zagg has expanded to Germany its partnership with telephony and mobility specialist Ingram Micro Mobility. The distributor has thus started the distribution of its InvisibleShield screen protections and ZaggKeys Bluetooth keyboard, among others.

Arkoon+Netasq signs BlackIP as value-added distributor

Netherlands: security vendor Arkoon+Netasq has appointed security VAD BlackIP as its second distributor in the country, beside storage VAD Stebis.

Prestigio tablets at Copaco’s

France: broadliner Copaco has expanded its mobility portfolio with a selection of Prestigio Android tablets.

Zoheir Yousfi quits Compalcom

Algeria: Zoheir Yousfi, who was sales and purchase manager for broadliner Compalcom, has left the distributor for yet unknown new whereabouts.

Ingram Micro stores on Toshiba

Japanese vendor Toshiba has expanded its storage partnership with broadliner Ingram Micro to whole Europe. From now on, Ingram Micro is allowed to distribute Toshiba SSD and hard drives throughout Europe, through its offices in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

ALSO opens a Supply Chain Solutions division

Germany: to answer more efficiently to the challenges in distribution its resellers can meet, broadliner ALSO has decided to open a new BU, named "Supply Chain Solutions". This division, managed by Uwe Zeithammer, will provide a wide range of services covering logistics, back-office and e-commerce.

Trigon to open Saudi Arabia subsidiary

Middle East: Dubai-based peripheral specialist Trigon is about to open an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), as part of its expansion plans in the GCC region. This subsidiary would be its second one, beside its full fledged sales office in Manama, Bahrain.

Kappa Data unveils a firewall-as-a-service with Barracuda Networks

Belgium: network and security VAD Kappa Data has started the distribution of a new firewall-as-a-service, based on Barracuda Networks technology.

ADM 21 communicates with FlexDSL

France: industrial computing specialist ADM 21 has added FlexDSL SHDSL and SHDSL.bis models to its catalog.

OCS Distribution gets virtual with VMware

Kazakhstan: value-added broadliner OCS Distribution has expanded its catalog with VMware virtualization solutions.

A (Net)Genie for three distributors

Middle East: Sophos subsidiary Cyberoam has appointed VADs Seven Gate (Jordan), Dubai-based Bulwark and the Qatari subsidiary of broadliner Emitac Distribution as official distributors for its NetGenie home and soho WiFi appliances.

Vincenzo Baggio : from Ingram to Tech Data

Italy: Vincenzo Baggio, the former manager of broadliner Ingram Micro, has joined its competitor Tech Data as new country director, following the departure of Ernesto Quingles.

Netapp back at ALSO

Switzerland: after a first try in 2011, storage vendor Netapp has resumed its distribution partnership with broadliner ALSO.

Some Lenovo for Komsa

Poland: mobility and telephony specialist Komsa has started the distribution of a selection of accessories for Lenovo tablets.