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Ingram Micro reviews its Central European Organization

American broadliner Ingram Micro has completely reviews its top management for central Europe. Ernesto Schmutter, formerly executive director International Business Europe, is to succeed leaving Marcus Adä as chairman of the board of management of its German office. Florian Wallner, managing director for the Austrian office until now, extends his area of responsibility to Hungary and Switzerland. He will report directly to Gerhard Schulz and will also join the European leadership team. Thomas Maurer, managing director Switzerland, and Ferenc Lazar, managing director Hungary, will report directly to him along with the Austrian team. Sabine Howest, executive director, strategic partner relations and business intelligence, will assume interim responsibility for vendor relations for the European value business until a successor for Ernesto Schmutter is appointed. Gerhard Schulz will assume temporary responsibility for the Pan Europe business division. Finally, Derrick Wood leaves the direction of the Swedish subsidiary, and is replaced by Anders Wickstrom, reporting to Gerhard Schulz. Anders also joins the European leadership team. Derrick does not leave the distributor, although his future role, at the European level, is not yet know.

Atlantis Computing extends reach with Mindware

Middle East: Atlantis Computing, a provider of Software-Defined Storage, has unveiled its first channel partnership in the United Arab Emirates in the form of a distribution agreement with network and storage VAD Mindware. The distributor will bring Atlantis' solutions to organisations across all vertical markets, including government, communications, finance, and oil and gas, as well as the healthcare and transport.

Avnet Technology Solutions adds further EMC entry-level solutions to its Altitude programme

United Kingdom: multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has added EMC's VNXe3200 entry-level hybrid storage array, Data Domain DD2200 deduplication storage system and VNX5100 device to its online configuration tool as part of the Avnet Altitude programme. Originally launched at the end of 2013, Altitude has seen a 126 percent increase in registered partner companies in the past 10 months with more than 200 users producing quick quotes for customers, 24×7. On joining the Altitude programme, business partners gain access to the online configuration portal, sales collateral and joint funded marketing campaigns. In addition, Avnet runs enablement events and helps fund EMC accreditations, allowing partners to develop within EMC's partner programme and benefit from additional funding and rebates. As part of the Altitude programme, and to further support business partners selling EMC storage and data protection devices designed for small and medium-sized businesses, Avnet's "How High Can You Go with Altitude" incentive have been recently extended.

Comstor expands its services

Germany: Cisco VAD Comstor, through its Comstor Service Solutions division, is now providing installation services in the name of its resellers.

ASBIS distributes Legrand

Romania: broadliner ASBIS has been appointed official distributor by French vendor Legrand, for its lines of UPS and structure cabling.

MaxComputers hires from AB

Poland: broadliner MaxComputers has hired Filip Jankowski from AB SA as business development manager. Filip will develop the sales of servers, network devices and storage systems sales.

David Pascouau left Itway

Spain: Frenchman David Pascouau, who has been the director of network and security VAD Itway since 2004 (and before that, marketing and sales manager of Add before it was acquired by the Italian distributor to make it its local subsidiary), has recently left the VAD. He has seemingly dropped distribution altogether, to create eStabilitas, an online video-conferencing system with psychologists. David has been replaced by David Tauste, his former commercial director.

Nextel in BYOD with Awingu

Network and telecom VAD Nextel has inked a distribution deal with BYOD vendor Awingu. This partnership covers the Benelux region, through Nextel offices in Belgium and the Netherlands.

SAS appoints Arrow ECS

France: business analytics editor SAS goes two-tier as it has appointed infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS as its first official distributor. This ought to help the editor cover more broadly the local channel, as it mainly targeted major accounts either directly or through a limited list of resellers.

Some Lenovo tablets at Comline

Germany: Mac specialist Comline has started the distribution of the ThinkPad 8 tablet from Lenovo.

Arrow ECS extends Citrix Service Provider distribution agreement

Infrastructure VAD Arrow Electronics has extended its EMEA Citrix Service Provider distribution agreement with Citrix, a mobile workspace leader, to Germany, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Until now, the agreement covered Belgium, Denmark, Finland and France. The Citrix Service Provider program offers comprehensive technical and business resources service that providers need to build a high-value Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) business. Citrix helps the channel community build their own unique and customised DaaS solutions via monthly pay-as-you-go licensing, a validated reference architecture and prescriptive enablement and marketing resources. Under the agreement, Arrow can now offer its resellers and service providers in the covered markets access to the complete portfolio of Citrix Service Provider solutions. Furthermore, both resellers and service providers can enhance their Citrix Service Provider capability with ArrowSphere xSP – a single interface for unifying and automating the management, administration and reporting of service provider programs.

Veracomp on the phone with Polycom

Romania: network and security VAD Veracomp has been appointed official distributor for Polycom audio-conferencing solutions.

Exertis signs exclusive deal in wearables market

United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis, through its Attach mobility division, has been appointed exclusive UK launch partner for Epson's new health and fitness products, Runsense GPS sports monitors, and Pulsense heart rate and activity monitors.

GTI launches its e-commerce platform

Spain: broadliner GTI has officially opened its first e-commerce website, dubbed Click&Software. Initially, Click&Software includes software from Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft (including Xbox gaming platform), Panda and Symantec Security.

Tarox gets official with Sandisk

Germany: already distributing some Sandisk products over the past year, broadliner and PC vendor Tarox has been granted official distributorship status by the flash vendor.

Tech Data displays on AOC

Netherlands: broadliner Tech Data has added AOC LCD monitors to its offer.

Tractive appoints di-House

Russia: Mac specialist di-House has been chose as official distributor by Tractive, a startup which has developed a GPS-based pet tracking system.

Extenso acquires MobileTag

France: telephony and mobility specialist Extenso Telecom has acquired MobileTag, a company specialized in QR codes and editor of MobileTag and Flashcode apps. This acquisition ought to help Extenso offer new, value-added services to its customers, based on MobileTag technologies.

Zycko goes to Africa with Riverbed

WAN optimization vendor Riverbed has granted the French office of network and storage VAD Zycko with distribution rights over Algeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Tunisia.

MyKronoz signs with Impakt

Poland: smartwatch vendor MyKronoz has inked a distribution partnership with cabling and peripheral specialist Impakt.