March 24, 2018

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MyKronoz crowdfunds US$8m for ZeTime in less than a year

Innovative smartwatch brand MyKronoz has announced record-breaking crowdfunding results for ZeTime, its hybrid smartwatch. After a 35-day Kickstarter campaign launched in March 2017, ZeTime has since pursued its crowdfunding journey on a variety of international and local platforms including Indiegogo, Makuaké in Japan, Zec Zec in Taïwan, Wadiz in Korea and on the leading chinese e-commerce website MyKronoz has now confirmed that it raised more than US$8m in less than a year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 March 2018

Panasonic Toughbook launches partner programme

Panasonic Toughbook has recruited 60 specialist rugged handheld resellers across the major European markets for its new Edge channel programme. The expanded specialist channel will help further accelerate Panasonic’s growth in the European rugged handheld market. With almost a third of its rugged mobile device range now dedicated to the handheld market and the recent appointment of ScanSource as a European specialist distributor, Panasonic sights are now firmly set on expanding its success from the rugged notebook and tablet markets to this sector. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 March 2018

Tech Data connects with iPass in Europe

Distributor Tech Data has announced a pan-European agreement with NASDAQ-quoted iPass, a provider of global mobile connectivity. Tech Data will distribute iPass’ intelligent connection management and Wi-Fi service offerings. The iPass SmartConnect service delivers simple, secure, unlimited Wi-Fi access on any mobile device, powered by the world’s largest Wi-Fi network. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 March 2018

SonicWall signs LinkQuest in Pakistan

Security solutions provider SonicWall has re-entered the Pakistan market through a tie-up with in-country distributor LinkQuest. As an authorised distributor LinkQuest will offer SonicWall’s security products and solutions to its channel partners and customers. Shahnawaz Sheikh, sales and channel director for SonicWall META & CEE, said: "Pakistan has always been a key market for us, but unfortunately during our acquisition period with Dell, we had to realign certain territories and had to let Pakistan go to APAC region. Now, as we emerge out of Dell merger, we took a conscious decision to bring Pakistan back to Middle East region and support it from Dubai.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 March 2018

Savvius targets channel expansion in EMEA

Savvius aims to sets the standard for real-time, actionable network visibility with software and appliance offerings relied on by leading enterprises around the globe. Savvius solutions provide insight with real-time views of network performance and rapid resolution of performance problems. Savvius plans to accelerate its channel expansion across EMEA, reinforcing its commitment to 100% indirect sales. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tech Data forms UK credit solutions team

Distributor Tech Data has formed a specialist credit and finance solutions team to place renewed focus on helping SMB resellers increase their business. The company has transformed what used to be its credit services team into the new UK department and will be placing the emphasis firmly on the services and business enablement. Tech Data’s credit line to the UK & Ireland channel currently exceeds £1 billion (US$1.39 billion). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 15 March 2018

StarLink extends Centrify distribution deal to Europe

Security solutions vendor Centrify has signed a new distribution deal in Europe with StarLink, one of the fastest growing value-added distributors (VADs) in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region. StarLink has been supporting Centrify’s business growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) including South Africa for the past year, and its role now expands to cover the entire EMEA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 14 March 2018

Tech Data adds AWS to StreamOne in more countries

Distributor Tech Data has announced it has expanded the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) on its StreamOne enterprise solutions platform to Spain, Portugal and the Nordics. “By expanding our cloud offering to include AWS on our StreamOne enterprise solutions platform in Spain, Portugal and the Nordics, we are offering our partners more choice to help their customers excel in the transition of their businesses to a cloud model,” said Reza Honarmand, VP cloud Europe at Tech Data. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 March 2018

Ingram Micro launches IoT unit in META region

Distributor Ingram Micro has launched an IoT (Internet of Things) business unit in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region. Over the last 24 months, Ingram Micro has launched several solutions-based business units including ones for cloud technology, cybersecurity and physical security. These centres of excellence have positioned the company to become a leader in these high growth segments, supporting the channel in the region and beyond. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 March 2018

D-Link unveils new smart plug

D-Link has unveiled the DSP-W115 Smart Plug, along with the new mydlink app, which enables home automation functions through integration with popular smart home platforms Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Paul Routledge, D-Link UK and Ireland country manager, said: “Over the past year we’ve seen consumers grow more comfortable with utilising smart home devices via Amazon Alexa and Google Home, and we anticipate seeing this accelerate throughout 2018.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 March 2018

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