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Nuvias appointed as sole pan-EMEA Distributor for Dtex Systems
2017-11-21

Network, security and storage VAD Nuvias has been appointed as the sole pan-EMEA distributor for Advanced User Behaviour Intelligence leader Dtex Systems' range of insider threat solutions. High-value distribution business Nuvias, whose Cyber Security Practice was created from the former security VAD Wick Hill, will work with Dtex to establish a channel network in EMEA and promote growth for the vendor. The initial focus will be on Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with a later second stage aimed at Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Nuvias is distributing the full range of Dtex's monitoring solutions, which provide visibility and intelligence around user behaviour, gathering information from the endpoint. Dtex solutions use proprietary metadata for analysis, matching user workflows to known risks, as well as utilising behavioural learning. This highlights and provides forensic-level, end-to-end workflows to identify users with malicious intent and those who accidentally expose data. Initially, Nuvias and Dtex will create a group of 20 partners, in Benelux and the UK, comprising security-focussed VARs and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). Nuvias will provide strong support with dedicated sales and pre-sales staff, partner training and other services to enable Dtex to scale more quickly and gain momentum in the market place.

Ian Kilpatrick, EVP Cyber Security for Nuvias Group, said: "we are seeing companies become ever more interested in security, thanks to continuing publicity on data breaches and compliance issues such as GDPR. Insider threats from malicious behaviour and bad cyber hygiene have traditionally been underrated but have always been a key element in the level of risk that companies face. Visibility at the endpoint is critical to solving insider threats and this is Dtex’s focus, unlike many other insider threat solutions which concentrate on the network. Dtex can provide a high level of visibility and intelligence around what users are doing as well as proactively highlighting any potential risks before they take place. The market is ripe for this type of solution with recent data breaches drawing increased attention to the need for good cyber hygiene and internal monitoring within organisations."

Christy Wyatt, Dtex Systems CEO, said: "with Insider Threat representing more than half of all known breaches, enterprise customers today need strong analytics solutions and experienced security partners. Nuvias' experience in the security space makes them an ideal partner for Dtex and enterprise customers."

Koch Media launches back the C64
2017-11-20

A timeless classic celebrates its return in the form of the THEC64 Mini. Koch Media takes over the distribution of the THEC64 Mini developed by Retro Games Ltd. The console, which will be released in the spring of 2018, is a fully licensed miniature version of the best-selling home computer of the 1980s. The THEC64 Mini is only half the size of the original and offers direct connectivity to modern TVs and appears with a true-to-original new joystick that can be easily connected to one of the two USB ports. The THEC64 Mini offers classic gaming enjoyment in just a few easy steps. Released back in 1982, the C64 Home Computer conquered the world and dominated the digital entertainment landscape for much of the 1980s. Millions of units sold today still guarantee a safe place in the heart of the fans of that time. Just in time for the 35th anniversary he is celebrating his return! HDMI port allows players to relive all 64 licensed products on modern devices and experience gaming history. These games include titles by legendary developers such as Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson and Bitmap Brothers. Titles such as California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission drive C64 fans into the tears of joy in their eyes. Many of the titles supplied with the book can look back on high ratings of the trade press at that time and have lost none of their fascination to this day. From sports to shooter, platformer and puzzle games, the variety makes every retro heart beat faster.

"We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to bring back some of the best and most beloved retro games from fans to date", says Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games. "The TheC64 Mini is a replica of the classic C64 era and the first product in a planned series."

As is appropriate for a home computer, the THEC64 MINI can also be equipped with a PC keyboard (USB) and can be used as a classic C64 for entering BASIC commands or programming new games.

It will be available in Europe through Koch Media offices in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Tech Data introduces new global brand
2017-11-17

American broadliner Tech Data has introduced its new brand identity, highlighting the company's expanded reach and capabilities as a global leader in technology distribution and services. Following the company's transformational acquisition of Avnet's Technology Solutions business earlier this year, Tech Data has established a single global brand that capitalizes on the full reach, efficiency, and technical expertise of its new combined organization. Tech Data will now operate as a unified brand in all of its markets throughout the world, enabling channel partners to benefit from its unmatched end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions, and services. "As we evolve our business in anticipation of what's next, the Tech Data brand has evolved as well. Today we are proud to introduce the new Tech Data and the next chapter in the history of our company", said Bob Dutkowsky, chairman and CEO of Tech Data. "Our new global brand is centered on the proven strength of the Tech Data name and provides a unified promise of integrity, expertise and excellence. Tech Data serves as a beacon in the IT channel—central to our customers' and vendors' success. Our teams have highly specialized skills in next-generation technologies, extensive software and services capabilities, and the best logistics engine in the industry, all backed by a global IT system that can do anything from process the sale of a laptop to configure the most complex multi-vendor solution. Tech Data has become a company that delivers business outcomes—not just products—and we're excited for the future of our company as we help connect the world with the power of technology."

To enable a specialized approach while maintaining the exceptional service levels that partners expect from Tech Data, the company has grouped its offerings into two primary solutions portfolios under the Tech Data brand:

  • Tech Data's Endpoint Solutions portfolio, previously known as the company's broadline offering, primarily includes PC systems, mobile phones and accessories, printers, peripherals, supplies, software and consumer electronics.
  • Tech Data's Advanced Solutions portfolio includes primarily data center technologies such as storage, networking, servers, advanced technology software and converged/hyperconverged infrastructure. This portfolio also includes next-generation technologies such as cloud, IoT, mobility, security and analytics solutions.
  • Tech Data's next-generation technology solutions, as well as the company's services offering, including lifecycle, CRM, integration and supply chain services, span its Endpoint and Advanced Solutions portfolios. In addition to the company's two solutions portfolios, Tech Data will continue to go to market with three specialized solutions: Datech Solutions, Maverick AV Solutions and Global Computing Components. Azlan, Tech Data's pan-European enterprise specialist brand, will be transitioned over time and will be incorporated into the company's Advanced Solutions portfolio.

While Tech Data's logo will not change, the company's color palette and graphic devices have been updated to incorporate both its foundation and its new dimensions, blending the unique capabilities of Tech Data and Technology Solutions into a modern, global brand. Tech Data has also introduced new purpose, vision, and mission statements.

Arrow Education renews learning partnership with Microsoft
2017-11-17

Infratructure VAD Arrow ECS has signed a contract with Microsoft to deliver Microsoft's training portfolio across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The agreement renews Arrow's relationship as a long-term Microsoft Learning Partner and extends its geographical reach – following and further empowering the existing distribution agreements between both companies. The scope of available training spans from Microsoft's cloud solutions to certification-related courses and involves its online training modalities Open edX Learning Platform and Microsoft On Demand. The list of training topics includes:

  • Azure and Dynamics CRM
  • Windows Server and Client
  • Office 365, Exchange, Sharepoint, Skype for Business
  • SQL and data management solutions
  • PowerShell, Visual Studio and .NET

As a value-added distributor with a focus on channel services, Arrow's global business combines the two worlds of high-end technology distribution and education. Arrow develops new training delivery methods on a constant basis, including innovative online training such as video and mobile learning. "Cloud solutions are at the heart of our strategy, and education is a key element of the value-added services at Arrow, enabling the market and the channel to support technology providers with product and solution readiness", says Jacques Assant, Business Development Services Director, Arrow ECS EMEA. "We look forward to promoting this new opportunity at Arrow and especially appreciate the variety of training methods Microsoft brings to the table. Online learning solutions like Open edX are completely in line with our eLearning strategy and complement the Arrow catalogue of digital learning assets."

"I am extremely excited to partner with Arrow as they leverage their expertise and learning as a service offering, helping to transform our customers and other partner businesses via cloud-based solutions", said Kyle Uphoff, Sr. Director Worldwide Channel Sales of Microsoft Learning & Readiness.

New "Professional" Class Drives Impressive 38% Growth for 3D Printers in H1 2017
2017-11-15

3D printer shipments increased 38% year-on-year in the first half of 2017, driven by soaring growth in a new Professional sub-category which straddles the traditional Industrial and Personal/Desktop markets, according to market analyst CONTEXT. At first glance, the market appeared to be driven by unit shipments in the Personal/Desktop space, which saw growth of 39%, while Industrial/Professional shipments slumped 6%. However, the new grouping reveals 64% growth year-on-year for 3D printers in the Professional category, outperforming another sub-class: personal sub-€2,200 printers, which increased by 36%. Professional products can be found in both the Personal/Desktop and the Industrial/Professional markets, with a price range of €2,200-€17,000. Leaders in this sub-class include Ultimaker, Formlabs, Leapfrog, MakerBot (Stratasys) and Markforged.

Meanwhile, Personal sub-€2,200 printers comprised the vast majority (85%) of the 200,509 printers shipped in the overall Personal/Desktop market in the first half of 2017. "The Professional class of 3D printers has been emerging for some time now, coming both down from the high-end and up from the low-end, but it is now really coming into its own and merits separate analysis", said Chris Connery, vice-president of Global Market Research and Analysis, CONTEXT. "As the market matures and grows, and price points in the Personal/Desktop market continue to drop, $5,000 is no longer the only defining barrier at the low end of the global 3D printing market."

New Global Leader Emerges

Q2 2017 also saw the emergence of a new leader in the Personal/Desktop segment: Monoprice, which enjoyed year-on-year shipment growth of over 450% for the quarter and shipped 19% of the quarter’s 107K units. Monoprice's meteoric rise to the top is even more impressive because the firm's sales have initially been confined to one region: the United States. Throughout the first half of the year, it was neck-and-neck with the former number one vendor, XYZprinting, in terms of global market share. Monoprice continues to set the bar for entry-level price points with a weighted average price for its products of €245 in Q2 2017, compared to €350 for XYZprinting. However, XYZprinting is not sitting idle and launched a new colour desktop printer in the period. Along with Monoprice and XYZprinting, other global rising stars through the first half include Wanhao, Formlabs Prusa Research, Dagoma and Markforged: all of which saw year-on-year shipments grow above 50%.

In the Industrial/Professional market, many publicly traded companies – most notably Stratasys and 3D Systems – saw unit volumes decline again in 1H 2017, even while unit shipments rose for the likes of EOS, GE Additive, Carbon and HP. However, several high-profile players have stated this is due to execution rather than demand issues, leaving many still feeling bullish for the second half of the year. All manufacturers have continued to champion the use of 3D printing for mainstream production. However, although metal 3D printing has already turned that corner, the plastics side of the industry is still largely stuck using the technique largely for prototyping. Yet to come are new solutions from market leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems in the form of their respective Infinite Build and Figure-4 systems and momentum for hot players like HP and Carbon is just now building.

Outlook: 2017 and Beyond

The global 3D printing market, which includes not only printer hardware but also materials and services, is on track to be worth €4.8B in 2017 – an increase of 15% from 2016. That’s despite a relatively weak first half for the Industrial/Professional side of the market, which accounts for nearly 78% of all revenue in terms of hardware alone. As the market shifts to focus on production, it is on track to reach €14.5B by 2021. "The second half of 2017 will see a new crop of lower-priced metal printers ship, paving the way for a strong 2018 as metal continues to lead the industry", noted Connery.

 

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