Benelux: French network and security VAD Exclusive Group has acquired Dutch competitor TechAccess for an undisclosed amound. The acquisition grows the combined Benelux operation to over 150 staff at offices in Son and Amersfoort (the Netherlands) and Kontich and Duffel (Antwerp region, Belgium - to be later merged). And with a vendor portfolio and value ethic matching that of Exclusive, the deal boosts the Group's position in the region (especially in the Netherlands where Exclusive Networks local operations lag far behind TechAccess) and continues the successful transaction formula that has seen it become one of the industry's fastest growing distributors worldwide. The acquisition adds Fortinet distribution into the Netherlands, extending a relationship that spreads across all of EMEA & APAC. Other shared synergies include Arista, Brocade, Edge-Core, Gemalto, Huawei, Infoblox and Supermicro, plus the passion and commitment to offer market differentiation through continued innovation and value-based services.
Olivier Breittmayer, CEO of Exclusive Group, said: "we identified TechAccess as a strong candidate to boost our Benelux market presence and to provide the catalyst for further growth in the region. The people are highly aligned to our way of thinking, and it is these shared values that will act as a unifying force for our two businesses. The Exclusive project, to become a 'VAST' group on a global scale, but with local execution, continues at a pace and is strengthened today with this announcement and the addition of Berry van Waayenburg and his team."
"Exclusive Group offers a compelling vision for the future of value-added distribution, and access to global resources that will propel our ambitions to the next level", said Berry van Waayenburg, Co-Founder and CEO at TechAccess who now becomes Exclusive Networks Netherlands' Country Manager reporting to Exclusive Group Benelux Regional Director, Kris Van den Bergh. "Our combined strength increases our relevance to vendors and partners, providing enlarged market access and greater resources to execute value-added services. These are exciting times for everyone associated with TechAccess and the existing Exclusive Networks, BigTec and Exclusive Capital businesses in Benelux."
Kris Van den Bergh added: "having admired TechAccess for some time, I'm delighted to welcome them to the Exclusive family. The opportunity to combine both companies with the same DNA and growth ambitions was one we could not ignore, and I look forward to working together towards greater success on this exciting journey."
Authlogics appoints Portland Europe
Benelux: authentication editor Authlogics has appointed security and telecom VAD Portland Europe at its distributor for Benelux, through its offices in Belgium and the Netherlands. The UK-based authentication company’s innovative solutions are already deployed by organisations in the UK, South Africa and the US and now Authlogics is expanding in to mainland Europe, with one of the largest distributors in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is in many respects the beating heart of the European IT security with initiatives such as The Hague Security Delta (HSD), which is the largest security cluster in Europe. As such it represents the ideal springboard for Authlogics to develop and grow its install base and market share throughout Europe.
Head of Marketing at Portland Europe Roel Seegers states: "when we first saw PINgrid in action, many of us wondered why something so 'simple' and logical hadn't been done before. Security isn't about complexity, it's simply about how well one keeps a secret. In this case, keeping a pattern in your head. The engineers at Authlogics understand this very well and created an incredibly smart bundle of solutions for our MSPs to secure both cloud and on-premise access points. For Portland Europe, distributing a diverse portfolio of services for the MSP, this type of authentication is a perfect match."
Steven Hope, CEO of Authlogics, adds: "we have been very impressed by the proactive approach Portland Europe has already taken to establish the Authlogics brand in the region. Their close working relationship with many MSPs, resellers and us as the vendor, means that they provide an exceptional level of value-add for the end user. They are certainly one of the most forward thinking and best of the breed distributors and Authlogics is delighted to be growing its business with them."
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.
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.
Gold IP goes abroad and signs Brand-Rex
Dutch cabling and networking specialist Gold IP has opened its first foreign office in Belgium. Based in Nazareth, Gold IP België is managed by Filip Koch, the former channel manager of Panduit, and distributes in the country Panduit, Mobotix, Leviton and Brand-Rex, a cabling vendor which the distributor recently signed for the whole Benelux market.