MEA: authentication vendor Authlogics has appointed network and security VAD EliteVAD and broadliner AxizWorkgroup to grow the customer base for its multi-factor authentication platform across Middle East and Africa (thanks to EliteVAD offices in Dubai, Egypt and Kuwait and AxizWorkgroup teams in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia), focusing on the enterprise market and specifically the financial services sector. Authlogics recently launched its Authlogics for Retail Banking. The platform enables banks to replace hard-tokens and passwords with highly secure, convenient and consistent 1.5 Factor Authentication or 1.5FA, 2FA and 3FA logon methods. Authlogics for Retail Banking can be deployed for customers accessing online, mobile and telephone banking services, as well as providing additional layers of security for ATM and Point of Sale devices.
Network and security VAD SCOPE Middle East has become a member of the HID Advantage Partner Programme. According to SCOPE, the HID Advantage Partner Programme is a loyalty-based initiative which provides partners with the ability to evolve their relationship with the vendor for scalability and overall growth. Under the programme, SCOPE will distribute the full range of IAM Solutions, including HID Global's ActivID Authentication solutions and ActivID Credential Management System. In addition, SCOPE will work closely with HID Global to enhance end user value in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Sparepart specialist Service Parts Logistics (SPL) has long been the authorised channel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, enabling it to supply genuine original HPE parts and upgrades to its customers. This year SPL has added genuine HPE networking and storage equipment to their customer offering via the HPE authorised spares channel. In terms of the range of networking and storage equipment made available by HPE, SPL stocks the full current portfolio, as well as versions of previous generations of hardware at much reduced pricing – from HPE Flexfabric and modular switching, to fixed port switching, routing, security and wireless access points and controllers. Similarly, with regards storage, SPL is ideally positioned to offer a "shopping cart" solution where every item from hard drives to chassis is available as an equivalent spare through its HPE channel.
Finally, security VAD StarLink has signed a distribution agreement with Nexthink, a leader in end-user experience management. StarLink will sell, install and support Nexthink end-user IT analytics solutions through its extensive network of channel partners to enterprise and government customers in the region, through its offices in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. By combining real-time endpoint analytics and end-user feedback Nexthink helps IT improve business impact. Nexthink’s unique analytics and visualizations provide new insight and enable IT to adopt proactive operations, reduce costs and ultimately enhance end-user business productivity. Nidal Othman, Managing Director of StarLink, said: "we are happy to be appointed a Nexthink distributor for the META region especially since Nexthink complements our Solutions Lifecycle Portfolio. Offering unique end-user experience management solutions to enable companies to improve their IT services, enhance their security and ensure compliance, Nexthink shows great potential in the market." Ghassan Al Kahlout, Regional Director Saudi Arabia and Turkey at Nexthink, said: "Nexthink aims to establish a strong foothold in META regions and StarLink can make this possible with its expertise and rich experience in enabling technology companies reach full market potential. Teaming with StarLink moves us even closer to delivering on the promise of end-user experience management for organizations of all sizes." (source: Intelligent Tech Channels Africa and ITP Middle East)
Africa: security VAD StarLink has expanded its distribution agreement with Tripwire, a provider of security, compliance and IT operations solutions, to cover the Africa region. The terms of the distributor agreement will see StarLink and Tripwire uniting to leverage their strengths in security products and services, to help organisations in Africa. StarLink's office in South Africa will offer Tripwire's entire product portfolio through its extensive network of channel partners. Tripwire has delivered industry-trusted security solutions, starting with file integrity monitoring, long before IT security was a priority. It has evolved its products to meet the challenges posed by today's threat environment. As a leading provider of security, compliance and IT operations solutions for enterprises, service providers and government organisations, Tripwire's solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business context: together these solutions integrate and automate security and IT operations. Tripwire's portfolio of enterprise-class solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management, log management, and reporting and analytics.
"We are excited to expand our relationship with StarLink to Africa", said Neil Harvey, Vice President of EMEA for Tripwire. "In this ever-changing threat environment, it is important for organisations to strengthen the foundation of their security programs. Tripwire looks for strategic partners such as StarLink to help our customers protect their environments, maintain system availability and comply with regulatory mandates."
"The security threat environment is becoming increasingly complex and organisations are being held to even more rigorous compliance standards. We believe that organisations must protect their IT assets and corporate data, while simultaneously reducing the cost of compliance", said Nidal Othman, Managing Director at StarLink. "Tripwire uniquely addresses these challenges and provides CISOs with a metrics platform that can showcase their company's security performance in the same way their CFO's describe the company's financial performance."
Africa: security VAD StarLink has signed a distribution agreement with Centrify, an enterprise specialised in securing enterprise identities against cyber threats. As the fastest growing IT Security distributor in Africa with on-the-ground presence across the continent, StarLink will sell Centrify products and solutions through its network of channel partners to enterprise and government customers across Africa. "StarLink is a leading VAD in the region, and it has earned the respect of customers and partners alike, with its Trusted Advisor approach, and services delivery expertise", said Kamel Heus, Regional Sales Manager MEA and Indian SC at Centrify. "Partnering with StarLink is an important milestone for us to exponentially expand the coverage and penetration of our best-of-breed single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, mobile and Mac management, privileged access security and session monitoring technology into companies of all sizes in the growing African market."
Jacques Slabber, Business Development, South Africa at StarLink commented: "compliance-focused solutions and privileged user monitoring technology have always been fundamental to StarLink's success in other regions. Therefore, with Centrify, we believe we can achieve tremendous success due to the rapid emergence of many key African countries, wherein either significant regulation is already in place, or new compliance is being introduced as organisations in Africa look to achieve global standards."
Middle East: on the 2016 edition of the GITEX IT event, Saudi telecom operator STC has unveiled a partnership with network and telecom VAD AlJammaz Distribution. This agreement enables STC Business to establish reseller community and recruit IT channel in Saudi to market and sell STC Business products and services and have a market coverage to reach all customers specially the SMEs around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On GITEC too, automated IT service delivery editor RES has selected network and storage VAD Mindware as its main distributor in the Middle East to accelerate its growth in the market. Through this partnership, Mindware will provide training and support to RES resellers in the Middle East (through its offices in Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia) to ensure companies optimise the benefits from its RES solutions implementation. "At Mindware, we are committed to partnering with the industry-leading brands to offer a one-stop-shop for world-class innovation coupled with the essential value-added consultancy and support services", said Nicholas Argyrides, Chief of Sales and Marketing and Deputy GM, Mindware. "Our collaboration with RES is a strategic addition to our portfolio, taking our business into the field of digital workspace enablement, automation and security, allowing us to offer exactly the right solutions for these customers."
Broadliner Redington has announced an distribution agreement between its Value division and Splunk, a provider of software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Redington Value will distribute Splunk products through its extensive network of channel partners to enterprise and government customers throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Africa thanks to its offices in Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and its Dubai-based office covering the remaining countries of Africa. "Redington Value is excited to announce its distribution partnership with Splunk. The Splunk Platform delivers real-time Operational Intelligence, which is essential for businesses needing to make analytics-based decisions. With data being generated everywhere, from the IT estate to the Internet of Things, it has become increasingly important to monitor, analyze and drive value from data. Our collaboration with Splunk represents a strategic addition to our existing portfolio and supports one of our key initiatives: enabling the channel to provide cutting-edge technology to the market", said Ramkumar Balakrishnan, President, Redington Value. "Splunk is pleased to work with Redington Value, one of the leading distributors in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa", said Cheryln Chin, Vice President, Global Partners, Splunk. "Redington Value's regional experience, technical expertise and strong relationships across our ecosystem will help organizations leverage machine data for deeper IT and business insights.". The distributor has also launched Uniplum, a new consulting arm that aims to enhance its partners' capabilities in transformation technologies such as cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and digital disruptions. Uniplum consists of a team of technologists and problem solvers from different verticals and solutions with an ability to inform, explore and confirm decisions, solve complex problems and bring new ideas into the market. An integral part of Redington Value, the new division aims to provide consulting on new technology and solutions for numerous verticals and help partners to sell those solutions.
Finally, security VAD StarLink has unveiled its new Vertical Security Trend Matrix. The StarLink Vertical Security Trend Matrix provides Security leaders in the key verticals of Government, Telco, Oil & Gas and Banking, insight into how the latest IT Security trends cater to the respective industries, in order to address today's compliance and next-generation threat protection requirements. The top 5 IT Security trends are namely, Behavioral Analytics, Internet of Things, Cloud, Mobile and Incident Response. "In an attempt to keep up with new and increasing threats to enterprise and government entities, traditional approaches to IT security have limited impact. Even though companies are dedicating more resources to IT security and risk, attacks and vulnerabilities are increasing in frequency and sophistication", said Avinash Advani, VP Business Strategy at StarLink. He added: "So the solution to the problem is to evaluate and invest in next-generation IT security technologies, to keep up with the pace of innovation, and simultaneously with the evolution of cyber-threats."
Another distributor for Cylance
After Starlink in the MEA region and Ignition Technology in the United Kingdom, advanced threat prevention specialist Cylance has inked a distribution deal with security VAD Infinigate, covering the DACH and Scandinavian regions. The deal allows Infinigate to distribute Cylance technologies through its offices in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Didi Dayton, Vice President Worldwide Channel, for Cylancen says: "We are very excited to be partnering with Infinigate. We are confident in their expertise and understanding about what makes Cylance unique from other cybersecurity vendors. With this channel partnership, we can satisfy the significant customer demand in the Nordic region and respond to the huge interest we are already experiencing from potential DACH customers."
"Adding Cylance into our product portfolio is very exciting for Infinigate. The threat and vulnerability landscape is rapidly changing, and the AI approach for the end-point is no less than revolutionary. We believe that Cylance and their technology will play an important role in the future of IT security and fighting cybercrime. We fully embrace taking Cylance on board", states Andreas Bechtold, Infinigate's managing director.
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