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BigTec Targets S3 Object Storage Services with Cloudian
2017-02-20

Datacenter VAD BigTec has added Cloudian to its vendor portfolio, through a pan-EMEA/APAC distribution agreement which will see BigTec drive adoption of Cloudian's petabyte-scale, hybrid cloud object storage platform HyperStore among key enterprise markets, via channel partners and managed service providers (MSPs). According to BigTec, the deal give partners the ability to build scale-out petabyte hybrid cloud solutions, and allowing them to tap into new cloud storage revenues. The datacentre specialist also says it provides resellers a compliant data storage solution to offer customers ahead of pending GDPR legislation.

"There are a growing number of enterprise customers that use global S3 object storage services. Thanks to Cloudian's HyperStore they now have the opportunity to place that storage capability in their own datacentre premises, or to host it with a local cloud service provider. This overcomes the data sovereignty issues that surround compliance measures like GDPR, and provides predictable cost and modular scalability", said Jason Dance, managing director at BigTec UK. "Not only is HyperStore fully in step with the BigTec philosophy of compliant, automated, simplified, low opex, high scalability datacentre operations, but there are also outstanding synergies with the rest of our BigTec solution stack, NEO. We see major opportunities around solving NAS data sprawl, and radically reducing the cost of storing cool primary data", said Dance. "In fact, any requirement to reduce the cost-per-terabyte of storage or leverage the superscale capacity of object stores is a potential win." BigTec is Cloudian's first distributor agreement in this market. The vendor has sold through UK partners since 2013, but officially launched in January 2015 when Jacco van Achterberg joined the firm as EMEA director. IDC forecasts that worldwide revenue for file-based and object-based storage will reach €34b by 2017. "BigTec is an important part of our expansion strategy in EMEA and we look forward to joining forces to see our vision realised", said van Achterberg. "We are committed to supporting high quality partners that understand the possibilities of scale-out object storage. There is rapidly increasing demand for our fully S3-compliant hybrid cloud storage solutions; the time is right and BigTec is uniquely equipped to enable our anticipated partner and customer growth." Cloudian solutions will be gradually available to the channel through Big Tec offices in Algeria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Fairchild parts available as part of ON Semiconductor range at Avnet Silica
2017-02-17

Semiconductor specialist Avnet Silica provides the full range of ON Semiconductor products following the ON Semiconductor acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor. The acquisition positions ON Semiconductor as a leading supplier of power management and analog semiconductor solutions for a wide range of applications and end-markets. The full complement of products from the ON Semiconductor Power Solutions Group, Analog Solutions Group, and Image Sensor Group is available from Avnet Silica. Fairchild Semiconductor products now included within the ON Semiconductor collection include power solutions for e-vehicles, intelligent modules for industrial applications, and mobile power for smart devices.

"At Avnet Silica we pride ourselves on making things simple for our customers. By distributing the entire range of ON Semiconductor parts, including those that have been incorporated since the acquisition, there will be no disruption in the supply chain", said Mario Orlandi, President of Avnet Silica.

"We are glad to extend the franchise of these newly acquired products to Avnet Silica. This is a natural step considering our long lasting cooperation. We strongly believe that Avnet Silica’s technical expertise especially in the power area, will bring value to our common customers", said Jeff Thomson, Vice President, Global Channel Sales.

The extended portfolio of ON Semiconductor products includes automotive-grade low-, mid-, and high-voltage MOSFETs, IGBTs, LDOs and switch mode power supplies. Providing solutions for traditional internal combustion engines as well as the EV/HEV market. Industrial customers have access to a complete range of motor-based systems including power modules and discretes, BLDC motor control ICs and IPMs. The inclusion of the Fairchild IGBTs for solar inverters and super-junction MOSFETs as well as GaN power switches for networking, cloud, telecom and data centers positions ON Semiconductor as a leader in the industrial market. The full range of products is available immediately through Avnet Silica offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Global desktop 3D printer market rises +27% in 2016 while Industrial/Professional market stalls
2017-02-13

Worldwide shipments of 3D Printers rose +25% year-to-date (YTD) through the first three quarters of 2016 thanks again to shipments of low priced Personal/Desktop 3D Printers, according to figures released today by CONTEXT, the IT market research company. Of the total 217,073 3D printers shipped year-to-date, 96% of these were Personal/Desktop printers, carrying an average price of just under $1,000. This represents a 27% year-on-year growth for this sub-category compared to a decline in shipments of -12% YTD in the Industrial/Professional segment which saw only 7,726 units shipped through the first three quarters of 2016. While the market is still largely defined by the shipment of Industrial/Professional printers - which accounted for 78% of the global revenues - the market is clearly settling into two distinctive segments.

In the Desktop/Personal 3D Printer segment, Taiwan's XYZprinting remained the global leader so far in 2016, seeing its share grow to 22% through the first three quarters. This side of the market saw the exit by the #3 global overall player 3D Systems and the continued repositioning of the #1 global 3D Printer market Stratasys of its MakerBot line away from the lowest end. The market did not see the entrance of Mattel into the market as anticipated nor did it see other IT/CE household brands enter in 2016 with the exception of Polaroid. It did however again see successful Crowdsourced efforts and new brands such as Monoprice and Wanhao emerge on the global scene.

"While Stratasys and 3D Systems continued to shift away from the mainstream Personal/Desktop 3D Printer market, other brands – especially XYZprinting, filled the void", noted Chris Connery, VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT. "Demand continues to be seen for these devices across the globe as evidenced by rising shipments, the emergence of new brands and large crowdsourced start-ups continuing to come on the scene."

Figure 1 and 2: Top 5 Vendor 3D Printer Market Share by Unit Volumes and Printer Revenues, Global Desktop/Personal Printers, YTD 2016 (Q1-Q3)

YTD 2016
Rank Units
Company Q1-Q3’16
Units
Q1-Q3'16 YTD
Global Share in Units
1 XYZprinting 46,300 22%
2 Ultimaker 17,999 9%
3 M3D 15,060 7%
4 FlashForge 13,462 6%
5 Monoprice 13,023 6%
YTD 2016
Rank Unit Revenue
Company Q1-Q3’16
Printer Revenue
Q1-Q3'16 YTD
Global Share in Unites Revenues
1 Ultimaker €30m 14%
2 Stratasys/MakerBot €28.4m 13%
3 XYZprinting €20.3m 9%
4 Formlabs €20.2m 9%
5 3D Systems €13.1m 6%

The Industrial/Professional segment was marked by the official entrance of HP into the space but printers did not begin shipping until the end of the year. Their long-anticipated entrance actually contributed to a slowdown in the market as many end customers held off fully committing to additive manufacturing technology until more was known about the impact of HP’s technology to the market. While the Industrial/Professional segment has, in general cooled off in the past few years, the shipment of additive manufacturing devices capable of printing in metal materials was one major bright spot within this category. This Metal side was not immune to market changes in recent quarters either however, with a slow-down seen in this sub-segment as well in the 2nd half as General Electric (GE) acquired two of the top five metal making 3D Printer companies (Arcam and Concept Laser). As seen on the Plastics side with the "HP effect" end-markets for metal 3D Printers likewise put their purchases on hold until the new GE Additive company is fully formed and the market has fully shaken out. Stratasys again enjoyed the top market share positon with a 35% share in Industrial/Professional 3D Printer Revenues YTD’Q3, followed by privately held EOS with a 19% share.

Figure 3: Top 5 Vendor 3D Printer Market by Revenue from Machines shipped, Global Industrial/Professional 3D Printers, YTD 2016 (Q1-Q3)

YTD 2016
Rank
Company Revenues from
Machines Sold
Q1-Q3'16 YTD
Global Share
1 Stratasys €275m 35%
2 EOS €147m 19%
3 3D Systems €78m 10%
4 SLM Solutions €44m 6%
5 Concept Laser €40m 5%

Projections for the full year 2016 remain reserved for the Industrial/Professional market and bullish for the Desktop/Personal market, largely in-line with trends seen through the first three quarters. Forecasts turn more bullish in the Industrial/Professional sector in 2017 and beyond as the HP and GE ramp results in a return of growth; the Desktop/Personal market is expected to continue its unfettered growth. "Beyond just printer shipments", noted Connery, "the total 3D Printing market, consisting of Printers, Materials and Services, is projected to rise from under €4.5B in 2016 to €14.5B by 2020 mostly dependent on the industry's ability to move beyond prototyping and into finished good production not just with metals but with plastics as well."

Dell to reduce its number of distributors
2017-02-10

Dell has sent an RFI (Request For Information) to all its distributors in the EMEA region. Following the merge with EMC, the vendor now has more than 300 distributors worldwide : "that's far too many", according to John Byrne, its worldwide channel director. The number ought thus to be reduced within the coming months (source: Channel Observer Deutschland).

Avnet appoints Nigel Ward to lead Avnet Abacus
2017-02-09

Avnet Abacus, the interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power BU of American distributor Avnet, has appointed Nigel Ward as president of Avnet Abacus. He replaces Graham McBeth who takes on a new role as president of Premier Farnell, a global distributor of electronic components that utilises a digital platform to provide innovators and engineers with the latest products, services and development software, and which was recently acquired by Avnet. Ward's career within Avnet spans almost three decades. Since the acquisition of Abacus in 2009, he has been at the helm of the Avnet Abacus and Avnet Silica businesses in the UK, with additional responsibility as regional vice president for Avnet Silica in Northern Europe. For the past two years, he has also headed up Avnet Silica's lighting business across EMEA, driving a significant increase in its footprint in key lighting markets. Ward's deep knowledge of the volume distribution sector, and tenured experience within Avnet, positions him well as the natural successor to lead Avnet Abacus in a dynamically changing market environment.

Miguel Fernandez, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, said: "Nigel brings excellent leadership skills to our executive team, and is a strong motivating force within the company. His strong experience at Avnet will ensure a seamless changeover of senior management at Avnet Abacus and secure the continued high levels of service to our customers and partners achieved under Graham. We wish both Graham and Nigel every success in their new roles."

"Since the inception of Avnet Abacus in 2009, and during his time as president, Graham developed the company into one of the most well-respected IP&E business in Europe, with a solid product portfolio, strong technical skills and local support", said Ward. "We have worked closely together over the past seven years and I intend to build upon his legacy to guide our teams to continued growth and success."

Ward is succeeded in his previous role by Chris Shipway, who has been with the company for almost 20 years serving as country director and most recently as marketing director for Avnet Silica UK and Ireland.

 

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