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Mini PCs remain the bright spot in a weak Western Europe Desktop PC market
2017-05-30

Volume sales of mini PCs (housed in a space-saving small case design) through Western Europe's largest distributors continued to grow in Q1 2017 even though demand in the overall Desktop segment remained weak, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market research company. While overall Desktop PC sales fell by -10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, sales of mini PCs were up by +26% over the same period. As a result, their share of the Desktop market increased by 7 percentage points from 18% in Q1 2016 to 25% in the same period this year.

"Mini PCs have enjoyed rising popularity over the past year because of their space-saving design and improvements to their performance, and many PC vendors have increased their focus on the segment to leverage rising demand", said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at CONTEXT. In Q1 2017, the top three vendors in distribution – HP, Intel and Lenovo – posted year-on-year volume growth of +47%, +8% and +78% respectively.

Desktop Year-on-Year change

Country Q1-17
Spain +13.1%
Netherlands +13.0%
Denmark +3.9%
Germany 0.0%
Switzerland -5.3%
Austria -5.9%
Norway -6.3%
France -6.4%
Poland -6.4%
Finland -8.4%
Belgium -18.3%
Italy -19.1%
Portugal -19.5%
Sweden -21.5%
United Kingdom -23.6%
Ireland -42.0%

Exertis strengthens security portfolio
2017-05-30

United Kingdom: the VAD division of broadliner Exertis has signed a distribution agreement with ESET, a provider of security software for consumers and businesses from antivirus and malware protection to multi-layered security. ESET protects all of the most-used operating systems with the same level of functionality, providing monitoring and detection against threats. Jason Hill, Exertis sales director security said: "ESET offers a comprehensive portfolio of threat protection and anti-malware solutions that provide B2B resellers and MSPs with a full range of options for their customers. With increasing cybersecurity threats, ransomware attacks, cloud and mobile security concerns, the growing use of IoT devices and the requirement for GDPR compliancy, adding ESET's extensive range to our security portfolio will be of great benefit to our resellers."

ESET provides companies with scalable, light footprint, security solutions from the home office to the enterprise offering multi-layered security that leaves no potential entry point to a network unprotected. Its powerful security management console supplies real-time information on the security state of the network, endpoints and mobile devices, including security and administration functionality that protects against threats. Recognised for its innovative and stable technology, ESET has the longest unbroken run of VB100 awards for malware detection of any internet security vendor in the world.

Malcolm Tuck, Country Manager at ESET, stated: "we are looking forward to a long and successful business relationship with Exertis, they have an established presence in the B2B sector and this combined with their strong sales ethic will give us the additional resources that we were looking for in a distribution partner."

Exertis will be distributing ESET's entire B2B range including: Endpoints and Mobile Security; File, Mail, Gateway and Virtual Servers; Remote Endpoint Administration; Security Packs and Business Solutions.

AgilityGrid launches partnership with Intransa for Video Surveillance storage solutions across EMEA
2017-05-30

Dubai-based physical security VAD AgilityGrid has signed a distribution and representation agreement with Intransa for the EMEA region. With this alliance, AgilityGrid will incorporate the complete range of Intransa's award-winning servers and storage platforms into their customized security solutions for their partners and their customers across the region. Costa Boukouvalas, CEO AgilityGrid, said: "we are very pleased to represent Instransa in the EMEA region. In keeping with our business ethos, we always want to stay with technology that not only innovates but also delivers the solutions that a dynamic region like the EMEA demands. Intransa's award-winning products are designed to deliver simplicity, reliability and total cost savings."

Intransa has a long history of innovation and technology leadership in the security industry and the founders of iSCSi protocol and the concept of the IPSAN for IP video surveillance. With this alliance with AgilityGrid, Intransa will spearhead its growth and expansion in the EMEA region offering its servers, storage and appliance platforms based on its award-winning technology to security customers across the region.

"Video surveillance continues to grow as security dominates across the region and storage (and easy access) is a key component of deployment", Boukouvalas continued. "We aim to highlight how leveraging the right storage and server technology will benefit not only the businesses in the key vertical sectors but also for government initiatives in this sector."

A wide range of industry sectors depend on CCTV security solutions, including hospitality, retail, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, health, education, aviation, banking and transportation.

Copaco distributes FormFutura
2017-05-30

Netherlands: broadliner Copaco has added FormFutura filaments for 3D printers to its portfolio. Among classic products, FormFutura also offers special filaments that make it possible to create products with a wood, iron, copper or cork aspect. Its products are available in different sizes and colors and are suitable with virtually any printer model. Sacha Wingers, Business Director at Copaco: "the 3D market meets a very strong growth, hence a demand for a large choice of 3D filaments growing rapidly. With FormFutura we have found a reliable partner who can deliver these products. In addition, we can rely on high product quality. The main references will be always in stocks, while we will able to provide more specific SKUs on demand."

Ingram Micro cooperates with MC Technologies
2017-05-30

German M2M-IoT connectivity vendor MC Technologies has chosen the DC/POS BU of the Specialty Solutions division of broadliner Ingram Micro as an official distributor for the DACH region (Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

 

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