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News from Intact Software Distribution, Nology and Rectron
2017-09-19

Africa: South African security specialist Intact Software Distribution has opened an office in Kenya as a step to expand its reach and service the channel across Africa in a better fashion. Nathan Wohoro will run the Kenyan operations for the distributor. He will bring years of experience and in-depth market knowledge as well as the technical expertise in information security. He will be responsible for overseeing business development, and will work closely with local channel partners and end-users throughout Kenya, and the region as a whole. Talking about the opening of Intact Software Distribution East Africa in Nairobi that will service the East Africa region the CEO for Intact, Simon Campbell-Young said: "this expansion into East Africa is part of the distributor's ongoing growth strategy. Kenya is a rich and exciting economy and is very much under-represented in terms of security tools and solutions."

3CX, a developer of software IPBX, has announced that South African network and mobility specialist Nology has become an official distributor of 3CX. In partnering with 3CX, Nology has demonstrated its commitment to continue its legacy of innovation. Alex Bantjes, Product Manager Nology, said: "Nology constantly strives to provide a comprehensive product portfolio that caters to the needs of our ITSP, telco and system integrator partners. As part of Nology's strategy we endeavour to align ourselves with the best solutions and products that cater to the unique requirements of our industry and clients. 3CX offers Nology an excellent opportunity to provide a tried-and-tested IP PBX platform, while entering a new market segment that Nology has not traditionally been associated with. Our clients love 3CX and Nology is proud to empower its partners with a truly best-of-breed solution." Greg Garrett, Regional Sales Manager for 3CX, added: "3CX customers and partners in South Africa are going to greatly benefit from this co-operation. Bringing over 15 years of experience to the table and working with some of the biggest brands in the industry, 3CX is happy to join forces with Nology and we look forward to expanding our presence in the South African Market."

Broadliner Rectron has acquired a majority stake in ERP software development company Palladium. "We are extremely excited about our investment in Palladium and making our mark in the growing South African software ecosystem. Palladium aligns well with Rectron's strategy to grow its cloud and software business", says Spencer Chen, MD of Rectron. "Not only will Palladium add value to Rectron's product line, but we believe that Rectron's broad-based resellers will benefit from using the in-house developed ERP software too, as it is feature-packed with functionality that would ordinarily only be available to larger corporates. It also gives our resellers the opportunity to stand out in the over-saturated ERP software market." (source: ChannelPost MEA and IT Online South Africa).

Acquisitions and partnerships for Blue Label, Intact Software Distribution and Redington
2017-09-13

Africa: with Blue Label Telecoms group (which owns dematerialized product distributor Blue Label Distribution) looking to seal the €380m Cell C recapitalisation deal imminently, the company is also looking to snap up telephony specialist 3G Mobile for €133m1. The shares in 3G Mobile ought to be acquired in two stages. It explains the initial acquisition by Blue Label's subsidiary, The Prepaid Company, will be 47.37% of the issued share capital of 3G for a purchase consideration of €63m. The acquisition of the remaining 52.63% of the issued share capital of 3G Mobile will be for a purchase consideration of €70m. It believes the transaction will be completed in September. 3G Mobile operates in eight African countries, with offices in Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa, and distribution channels into Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has distribution rights for all major tier one and tier two mobile device and handset manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, HiSense, ZTE and Nokia.

Security specialist Intact Software Distribution has won the distribution rights to Group-IB, a high-grade threat intelligence and anti-fraud solutions provider2. "The company's experience and threat intelligence is unprecedented, and has been fused into an eco-system of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions to monitor, identify and prevent cyber threats", says Simon Campbell-Young, CEO of Intact Software Distribution. According to him, Group-IB is a perfect addition to the Intact stable, and Intact aims to offer a complete security solutions to clients. He says Group-IB is the unquestioned leader in advanced threat protection, and will benefit Intact's clients enormously. Intact, in turn, is well placed to help grow the Group-IB brand in South Africa and the rest of the continent, he continues. Group-IB has four flagship solutions that Intact will be offering its customers: Threat Intelligence, Threat Detection System (TDS), Secure Bank and Secure Portal.

Russian security editor Kaspersky Lab joined hands with broadliner Redington to distribute its wide portfolio of corporate security solutions across East Africa. The distributor will focus on expanding the market for Kaspersky's remote security monitoring, managed security, virtualisation security to mobile device security and management solutions in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda (source: IT Web South Africa 1 and 2, ChannelPost MEA).

Bitrate to distribute Hillstone Networks
2017-09-12

Africa: network and security VAD Bitrate is now representing Hillstone Networks in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Hillstone Networks is recognised for its Intelligent Next Generation Firewalls and for its incredible performance on the NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall report. They achieved a NSS Labs recommended status with the best value per protected Mbps of all the tested Next Generation Firewalls. "This value is what our customers are looking for in the market today", says Jeroen Dubbelman, Managing Director of Bitrate. "South Africa is experiencing very tough conditions economically and enterprises are constantly searching for a combination of quality and cost effectiveness." Hillstone Networks's performance speaks for itself. The product line covers multiple facets of information security including next generation firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, server breach detection, virtual firewalls for the edge and micro-segmentation. Hillstone Networks also covers both private and public cloud environments. The solution set is mature with carrier grade quality and functionality. Hillstone Networks caters for the small to medium sized organisations, as well as large enterprises and service providers/carriers with a comprehensive range of solutions. "Hillstone Networks is awesome to see in action as it includes Abnormal Behaviour Detection in its T-Series range that helps graphically map and understand the Kill Chain", says Dubbelman. "There is additional functionality like Link Load Balancing and Server Load Balancing which further increases the value of the solution."

Exclusive Group expands financing & leasing services
2017-09-08

Exclusive Capital, the financing and leasing division of network and security VAD Exclusive Group, has announced that its wide range of flexible, innovative, value-generating services is now available in 20 countries worldwide. Fed by increasing market demand, its expanded geographical coverage has doubled in the last six months, benefiting thousands more reseller partners across EMEA with compelling opportunities to expand deal values and close sales more rapidly. "More partners are tuning in to the advantages enabled by IT financing and leasing services that increase the affordability of the latest disruptive technology solutions", said Franck Laga, managing director at Exclusive Capital. "Availability of our services in more places allows us to localise payment options in the context of global, multi-site deals. Vendors are also very supportive of our expansion because our services help address new cloud-based consumption models and allow customers to preserve capital and take advantage of record low interest rates around the world."

Following its launch in France in early 2015, Exclusive Capital quickly grew to incorporate local operations in Austria, Australia, Belux, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The latest additions to its EMEA-wide scope include Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the Middle East, swelling the total number of countries served to 20.

"In little over two years, Exclusive Capital's scale has grown to match our Group footprint, with the exception of Asia; a fantastic achievement but still a 'work-in-progress' that we intend to turn into a truly global offering", said Barrie Desmond, COO at Exclusive Group. "The popularity of our financing and leasing offerings reflect their outstanding relevance to enterprise decision-makers, making them the natural choice for smart reseller partners and the perfect complement to our other value-added services."

Redington and TechAccess find new partners
2017-09-08

Middle East: Redington Value, the value division of broadliner Redington, has joined the Nokia Global Partner Programme. Under the channel partner agreement, Redington Value will deliver Nokia's technology solutions and services to resellers and their customers in MEA through its offices in Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the VAD will market, distribute and service Nokia's network solutions to enterprise and public sector customers as a value added distributor.

Security and storage VAD TechAccess has signed a master distribution agreement with Informatica, the Enterprise Cloud Data Management provider. As the only master value-added distributor for the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and Pakistan regions thanks to its offices in Dubai, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, TechAccess will offer Informatica's entire software portfolio of Big Data management, cloud integration, data integration, data security, data governance and data compliance solutions. Informatica has the industry's most comprehensive data management solutions for cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments. Working with TechAccess, Informatica expects to grow its footprint in the region, mainly targeting large enterprises and public sector organisations (source: ITP Middle East, Reseller Middle East).

 

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