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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.

Atrust in partnership with Datacare
2017-02-16

Middle East: thin computer vendor Atrust has appointed Dubai-based storage specialist Datacare as its Master Distributor in the region. Atrust has focused on providing cost-effective and proficient solutions to small and medium enterprises (SME) for many years. To meet the Middle East's growing demands for VDI, Atrust is expanding its services to the region and providing the best quality products to The Middle East.

"What makes Atrust thin and zero clients unique is that they are compact, efficient and noiseless. All data are stored on a server and can be centrally controlled. What’s even better is the simple management and maintenance. Atrust self-developed management tools, Atrust Client Setup (ACS) and Atrust Device Manager (ADM), are provided for tasks like automatic configuration, firmware updates and remote troubleshooting. Additional IT administration is almost not necessary", said Maurice Johnson, Director of Atrust Middle East. "Through partnerships with industry leading vendors, such as Citrix®, VMware® and Microsoft®, Atrust is able to provide a total solution for all customer segments, from small businesses to corporate enterprises, whilst offering a wide range of hardware and software solutions. Turn one into many is the main concept of Atrust server-based solutions, meaning that our solution can be tailored to meet diverse requirements in almost any field. It is perfect for organisations that need to do more with less,", Maurice Johnson added.

"We are absolutely delighted to partner with Atrust having had an extremely successful business relationship extending back for a number of years with Maurice Johnson", said Akash Jain, Sales Director for Datacare. "Our strategic location in Dubai gives us a superb operational advantage to operate in The Middle East, Africa and some CIS countries", said Jain. "In the good hands of Datacare LLC, a leading IT wholesaler, as our Master Distributor and with experienced, committed resellers in each Middle East country Atrust is already a 2016 success story here in the region", said Johnson

Monster grows global channel reach with new international collaboration with Brightstar
2017-02-14

Monster, a vendor specialized in headphones and Bluetooth speakers, has unveiled on the CES show in Las Vegas a partnership with telephony and mobility specialist Brightstar, that will establish Brightstar as a worldwide purveyor of Monster's line of audio products and mobile accessories. The collaboration between these two top industry leaders will create a powerful new worldwide network for bringing the highest performance audio and power products to end-user consumers across 55 countries on six continents.

Monster is the company that created the original Beats by Dr. Dre line of speakers and headphones that revolutionized portable audio. Monster and Brightstar are combining their strengths to bring even greater audio experiences with Monster's latest audio creations to even more retailers and consumers worldwide.

Also as part of the collaboration, Monster will design and engineer a new line of digital and Bluetooth headphones that are designed especially for Brightstar and its channels/customers. In addition, Monster has introduced a never-before-seen, complete line of advanced power products and cables through Brightstar's retailers at the 2017 CES show.

Head Monster Noel Lee noted: "we are excited to have Brightstar as a partner for our new state-of-the-art audio products that enables us to extend our global channel footprint into new and exciting channels. Monster will be the focus of Brightstar's expansion into high-performance audio products, especially for the mobile channel. Through Brightstar's reputation of supply chain excellence, Monster will be able to offer more products and services for the benefit of retailers worldwide. Selected high quality retailers can now sell Monster, enhancing both our reputation and that of Brightstar's retailers."

"With accessories becoming an essential part of everyday mobile life, our agreement reflects when and where consumers are buying, enabling us to satisfy consumers' appetite for an enhanced audio experience", said Andy Zeinfeld, Brightstar's President of Global Channel Development & Sales. "We want people to know that our customers are the place to shop for Monster products. Monster has designed an innovative way to promote the right customer experience with its displays and promotions and by training sales teams on what makes Monster the best in the industry. We are proud to be able to offer Monster's high-performance products to our best retailers and customers in all of the countries in which we do business. It's truly a win, win, win, win, for Brightstar, Monster, our retailers, and our end-user consumers."

Product availability will vary by country and dates of retail availability will be announced locally. In the EMEA region, Brightstar is present in Denmark, Dubai, Finland, Germany, India, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Simal Technologies to serve as certified distribution partner for Avira
2017-02-14

Middle East: German antivirus editor Avira has signed a distribution agreement with storage VAD Simal Tecnologies in an effort to expand its channel base within the Middle East region. The editor aims to expand visibility and market share across the region. Pradipto Bhowmick, business development manager - Asia, Africa, Middle East at Avira said: "Middle East is one of the key regions for us, and we are keen on expanding our reach in the region. We are glad to partner with Simal Tecchnologies, a specialist distributor, which has a region-wide channel presence and much desired skills. With this partnership, we expect to roll out our partner program much more effectively and enable our channel partners with full program benefits, immediate access to the products and tools, and excellent margins from the moment they sign up." For almost 30 years, Avira has fostered a positive reputation within the global antivirus market, building a client base of over 100 million customers.

Mazadul Hoque, product manager at Simal Technologies, said: "we are excited about this new partnership with Avira to distribute their security solutions in the region. With Avira's bouquet of technologically superior and consistently award-winning solutions, we are confident we will unlock the vast new opportunities for channel partners." Simal Technologies will serve as a certified distributor partner for Avira, promoting their products in various countries across MENA (source: ITP Middle East).

 

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