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Midwich signs exclusive distribution deal with Samsung Interactive
2017-02-24

AV broadliner Midwich is from now on exclusively distributing a range of Samsung E-board Interactive products in Eire and the United Kingdom. The AV distributor will be managing the full E-board Interactive portfolio consisting of Samsung Displays 81cm and above; Samsung's offering for education; as well as new Interactive products for corporate and retail environments being launched during 2017. Midwich sees the engagement positively for the AV channel, especially as Interactive displays are a key growth area within the sector. The distributor has a long history of working with leading display brands, and this new partnership complements and extends existing touch screen options for reseller partners. Samsung has a strong presence in both countries, and its products align to many different vertical markets from education to corporate, where there is shifting demand from standard LFD to ILFD.

Thomas Brittain, Head of Display Channel Sales at Samsung Electronics, commented: "It is great to partner with Midwich on such a strategic category for Samsung UK. This addition enhances the full display range already provided by the Midwich Group and gives Samsung real focus in this area. We are particularly excited to work with the dedicated interactive sales team in situ and grow this category for both Midwich and Samsung in 2017." Richard Bovingdon, Midwich Head of Interactive Sales, said: "we're absolutely delighted to be deepening our relationship. As well as being the number one digital signage brand globally, Samsung has an Eire and market share of 43% for large format commercial displays. This coupled with its reputation for manufacturing high-quality displays, and investment into R&D provides Midwich with the confidence to deliver the most appropriate touch display solution across several verticals." Lloyd Platt, Senior Product Manager for Samsung Commercial Displays at Midwich, added: "Midwich and Samsung already have a strong relationship across various technologies and our value added business model has supported our resellers and system integrators with Samsung large format displays from digital signage solutions to multiple verticals including education, retail and transport. We have technical specialists with the right expertise, and now it's natural that we now take Samsung’s Interactive products to market."

To support its resellers further, Midwich is preparing to recruit dedicated Samsung Interactive Support to ensure that Midwich expertise and customer service remains unparalleled. Samsung Interactive products offer leading edge features that enable end users to customise and build the right solution; with options to utilise the inbuilt OS, plug-in the optional android box, and access the educational app store. This variety of options enables end users to benefit from as rich or as simple functionality as they require. Samsung has also focused on the end-end experience for deployment in a real-world environment. Additionally, the System on Chip (SoC) is unique as it allows complete management and control over a network and screens can be easily adapted for digital signage purposes.

Infotheek acquires Global Hardware Solutions
2017-02-23

Dutch group Infotheek has acquired network broker GHS for an undisclosed amount. According to Infotheek, GHS will be given a special role in its circular economy chain, as it will fill in a gap with its firm expertise in the field of pre-owned networking hardware equipment. Simultaneously, GHS will gain access to an even wider variety of IT-product portfolio and sources throughout Europe. Beside its Dutch office, GHS is also present in Poland. Beside GHS, Infotheek also owns sparepart and PC VAD Xeptor, which is active in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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.

Stormshield and Ingram Micro sign a partnership agreement
2017-02-16

French security vendor Stormshield and broadliner Ingram Micro have signed a partnership covering the EMEA region. The aim of this agreement is to strengthen Stormshield's distribution network internationally while broadening the solution portfolio of Ingram Micro's cybersecurity division. Ingram Micro's distinguished positioning and credibility in the integrator ecosystem will allow Stormshield to strengthen its partner network through new integrators in areas that complement its own current distribution network. This agreement, which will initially cover the whole EMEA zone through Ingram Advanced Solutions BUs in Austria, Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, will be subsequently extended to other regions (US, Asia, etc).

"This partnership will speed up our sales and the pace of our commercial expansion, first of all in the EMEA region, then in zones where Stormshield will invest in 2017", stated Frédéric Napoleone, Sales Manager Western and South Europe at Stormshield.

Ingram Micro will market the entirety of the Stormshield solution range and ensure quick and efficient delivery by its integrators, thanks to its numerous logistics platforms spread out over the entire EMEA region. In addition to its European presence, the wholesaler also boasts substantial logistical capabilities in the US and Asia Pacific. This represents a significant growth opportunity for Stormshield, which also wishes to accelerate its expansion in those regions. For its part, Ingram Micro recently created a division specializing in cybersecurity and is increasing its investment in high value-added product lines. As the wholesaler seeks to offer its clients high-level technical expertise in each country, Stormshield was a natural choice for reinforcing its catalogue.

"Ever since we opened our cybersecurity division in early 2016, I have been dedicated to optimizing the Ingram Micro range with new partners. Being a reputed French vendor and most importantly, backed by ANSSI, Stormshield seemed an obvious choice", explained Christophe Rey, Sales Director - IT Security at Ingram Micro France. "Stormshield is the leading player that Ingram has identified in the Firewall/UTM segment and its solution portfolio will enable us to complete our range and cater to the needs of businesses of all sizes."< .p>

Apart from the international growth implications, this partnership will also be expected to expand in terms of product lines over the next few months. While both companies are collaborating closely and working on several ongoing projects, they have one common goal: assisting their clients to ensure a secure transition to the cloud.

 

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