December 12, 2017

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Comtrade and Hermes Softlab form regional giant

Comtrade Group, one of the largest IT companies in South East Europe, has purchased Slovenian software and IT services powerhouse Hermes Softlab. Unicredit Group provided both debt and equity financing for Comtrade and will become a 21% minority shareholder in the combined entity. The combined group boasts 1,600 employees, annual sales of approximately US$465m and operations in 14 countries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 May 2008

Force10 storms into UK channel

High performance player Force10 has stormed into the UK channel with the appointment of Zycko as the company’s first in-country distributor. Force 10 Networks claims that its high performance networks fit perfectly into Zycko’s open-standard solutions strategy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 April 2008

Ceiva enters European retail channel

Connected digital photo frame vendor Ceiva has struck a European retail agreement with DSGi. Ceiva offers fully connected frames which every day automatically receive new photos sent from family and friends anywhere in the world. The Ceiva frames will now be available throughout the UK and Europe through select DSGi retailers including Currys, PC World, online and Pixmania.com. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 April 2008

Avnet starts Belgian hub expansion

Global distribution and services giant Avnet has started work on a 10,000 square metre expansion of its central distribution centre in Tongeren, Belgium. The centre houses a pan-European distribution and logistics operation. It also includes an integration centre, primarily serving Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) customers in EMEA. The extension at Tongeren will take the area of the facility to 34,000 square metres – equivalent to approximately five football pitches. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

Asbis snaps up Megatrend

Emerging markets distribution powerhouse Asbis has established a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Asbis has snapped up an 80% stake in local distribution outfit Megatrend Sarajevo. Megatrend has been operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than a decade, distributing a number of A-brand vendors including HP, IBM, Lenovo, Apple and Toshiba. Asbis hopes that its sales in Bosnia and Herzegovina will hit US$20m in 2009. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

AMD trains secret agents

Components giant AMD has invited channel partner employees to become a ’secret agent whose task is to thwart the evil Zed’s plans for world domination’. No it’s not the latest development in AMD’s ongoing market share battle with fierce rival Intel. It’s actually a bespoke pan-European partner engagement programme created by Total Marketing Network (TMN), which combines multi-lingual game-based learning for channel partner employees. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

AirMagnet attracted to Westcon

Channel powerhouse Westcon Group has struck a distribution agreement covering Europe and the Middle East with AirMagnet, a global provider of intrusion detection and prevention systems for wireless networks. Westcon will carry AirMagnet’s entire product portfolio and will focus initially on channel sales in the French and Spanish markets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 24 April 2008

Paessler launches reseller programme

Network monitoring tools supplier Paessler has launched a new reseller partner programme. The four-tiered programme, developed for software resellers and consulting partners, claims to offer partners new prospects for customer retention and long-term revenues. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 24 April 2008

Ingram Micro grabs VMware Nordic rights

Distribution behemoth Ingram Micro has signed a distribution deal with VMware for the Nordic region. Ingram will offer the full breadth of VMware’s virtualisation solutions to its IT reseller base in the region. The deal builds on Ingram Micro’s existing distribution agreements with VMware covering Germany, North America and Australia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 17 April 2008

EDS bags Vistorm

Global IT services giant EDS has acquired UK-based managed security services provider Vistorm. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. EDS claims that the deal creates one of the largest information assurance and managed security services firms in Europe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 April 2008

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