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Avnet now proud owner of Magirus enterprise biz

Avnet, the US distie giant, yesterday completed the takeover of the enterprise IT division of Magirus, gaining itself an extra $500m-a-year-in annual revenues, 140 staffers in sales, marketing and purchasing, and five new European countries to play with. And Dubai. The acquisition, annnounced in July, gives Avnet's Technology …
Team Register, 09 Oct 2007
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Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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Avnet takes HP and IBM chunk out of distie Magirus

Avnet is to acquire the European enterprise infrastructure division (EID) of HP and IBM distributor Magirus Group. Financial terms were undisclosed, but the deal will see Avnet, which dishes out electronic components to resellers, grow to being one of the largest disties in Europe. The firm said Magirus EID will be integrated …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2007
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Oracle raids HP enterprise biz to find global channel chief

Oracle has filled the void at the top of its channel organisation after president Mark Hurd raided his previous employer HP by sweet-talking its Americas enterprise boss Rich Geraffo into jumping ship. The position lay vacant ever since well-respected channel figure and Oracle veteran Judson Althoff upped sticks in March for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Woz flash firm Fusion-io has a gift for Facebook open-sourcers

Fusion-io is open-sourcing its ioScale hardware design and plans to donate it to Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP). But anyone who uses the ioScale design kit will have to use Fusion-io's own-brand controller tech. At the Open Compute Summit running today and tomorrow in Santa Clara, Fusion-io co-founder and CEO David Flynn …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
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Kingston signs Avnet

Kingston Technology has added Avnet Computing Components Europe (ACCE) to its team of EMEA distributors. ACCE will focus on Kingston's ValueRAM and Flash memory products, pitching them to VARs, system builders and PC manufacturers. Kingston head of European sales and marketing Thomas Marschner said the deal would allow the two …
Team Register, 02 Feb 2006
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Avnet buys Access Distribution

Avnet has bought Access Distribution from its parent General Electric for $412.5m. Access has 600 staff worldwide and is expected to bring in some $2bn in revenues this financial year - 90 per cent of this from the US and the rest from Europe. It specialises in security, storage, enterprise applications, and Sun kit. Avnet …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2006
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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which …

VCE plunges syringe into its channel arm, prepares to fire in a shot

The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company will try to get entry level vBlocks shifting by relaunching a channel programme tomorrow with a fresh focus on mid-market sales partners. The four year-old borg created by an alliance between Cisco, EMC and VMware still has just four resellers, three tech alliance partners, three …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2013

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon. The review began in May when Juniper named Will Hamber to manage its fragmented network of 30 wholesalers across EMEA. Former HP and Edge-Core Networks …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Cisco, EMC love child VCE finally dangles rebate lure over channel pool

Cloudy hardware biz VCE threatened to roll out a new tiered channel programme and, by Jove, that is exactly what UK partners have got. The company was forged by Cisco and EMC in 2009, but it has taken the best part of four years to finally create a mechanism that looks and feels like a vendor programme – and it's offering …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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EMC hands disties licence to assemble VSPEX

EMC is opening up integration services to disties of the VSPEX line-up and plans to have training and accreditation sorted by next month. European distie Magirus got a six week head start on other EMC wholesalers in the region, Arrow ECS and Avnet but EMC expects both of them to clamber on board too. VSPEX is a converged …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2012
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Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m). Word on the street was that US-based giant Arrow had been locked in buyout talks with the privately-owned, Germany-based player earlier in the summer, but the deal was only confirmed late last …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
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Tech Data gobbles Brightstar's piece of their Euro biz pie

Distribution behemoth Tech Data Corp has gulped down Brightstar's 50 per cent stake in the firms' European joint venture for around $165.6m (£106.4m) in cash. The two wholesalers set up Brightstar Europe in 2007 to share the risks and rewards of tapping up the burgeoning mobility and wireless device space in the region. Bob …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2012
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EC waves through Avnet's Memec takeover

The European Commission last week cleared Avnet's proposed £676m takeover of Memec. The Commission notes that Avnet takes a leading position in semiconductor distribution within the European Economic Area (EEA) with the acquisition. But it says that Memec is relatively small and that competitors - particularly Arrow, the …
Team Register, 28 Jun 2005
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m. In many ways it was a canny bit of business for Arrow and should give it access to some high-end customers, but the deal raises more questions than it …
Tim Ayling, 27 Sep 2013
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Logicalis completes Avnet reseller acquisition

Logicalis, the South African-owned reseller, has added $100m-a-year revenues to its North American subsidiary with the acquisition of HP end-user specialist, Avnet Partner Solutions (APS). Terms are undisclosed. The acquisition, announced last November and completed today, brings Logicalis' US annual revenues to $450m and its …
Team Register, 10 Jan 2006
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Magirus says Avnet deal is 'win-win' for all

Magirus, which last week sold its European IBM and HP unit to Avnet, has said it plans to build up the rest of its own business by focusing more heavily on solutions. Explaining the rationale behind the sale, vice president and marketing and operations COO Christian Magirus said: "We had the impression that we had two …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2007
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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Microsoft has granted Dell the power to install Windows on specialised computers before they leave the factory - neatly bypassing the distribution channel. Typically, customers buy these machines via an integrator, which provides the software with the kit. But now Dell's hardware-building biz OEM Solutions can manufacture and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013

The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities. One of the big four global wholesalers - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Avnet Inc constitute the others - Arrow reported a one per cent decline in calendar Q1 sales to $4.85bn. Flat is the …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013
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Disk fab output pumping up, prices 'to stay high and dry'

Demand for hard disk drives will outstrip supply until at least the middle of 2012, analysts at IHS reckon, as a result of the deadly Thai factory floods that dented drive production. Disk assembly rates will creep up during 2012 but prices will remain high. Shipments of hard drives are expected to rise in every quarter, year-on …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2012

Zycko shown door after Meraki Euro distie review

Meraki - which was recently swept off its feet by Cisco - has given distie Zycko the heave-ho and replaced it with Ingram Micro across Europe. The maker of wireless access points, switches and security appliances was acquired by Cisco in November for $1.2bn, and its new parent soon set about reviewing the channel line-up. Jon …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2013

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs. The document, seen by The Channel, revealed debts secured by floating charges of £161.5m pertaining to the integrator's banking syndicate, and unsecured non-preferential claims …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013
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Avnet veep resigns following Compaq fraud suit

A senior executive at Avnet Computer Marketing resigned last Friday amid allegations that the company used counterfeit components in Compaq PCs. The resignation of Bob Nail, supply-chain management vice president at Avnet, has been accepted by the company's president, Rick Hamada. Nail had worked at Phoenix, Arizona based Avnet …
John Leyden, 29 May 2003

Array upstart Violin peeks at PCIe cards, goes all in with $172m IPO bid

Storage upstart Violin Memory has publicly filed for an IPO and is seeking $172.5m. The maker of all-flash arrays has handed in its S-1 homework to financial watchdog the SEC; the document reveals it has consistently made losses while revenues have grown over the past three years. Violin Memory year on year ... Sales rising (yes …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013

World+dog left counting costs: Still can't bury corpse of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2

The administrator of deceased 2e2 appears to have made slow progress in collecting book debts, with tens of millions still outstanding months after the integrator-cum-reseller failed. The latest progress report filed at Companies House today revealed that JP Associates (JPA), previously hired by 2e2 administrator FTI Consulting …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013
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Avnet to buy division of JBA Holdings London

Avnet is to buy the JBA Computer Solutions Division of JBA International, it announced. Yesterday we reported that Avnet was on the acquisition trail. (Story: Avnet hot to acquire in Australia and Europe) Although financial terms for the acquisition were not given, turnover for the US division in 1998 is expected to be around …
Mike Magee, 08 Jan 1999

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

Fujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Folk close to the Japanese outfit reckon the clock is already ticking on Surrey-based Northamber to wind down its position. "They are gone by 30 June," said one …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Mellanox pumps up channel for InfiniBand, Ethernet pushes

Switch and server adapter maker Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a shock with some cable issues and a big revenue shortfall in its most recent quarter and a projected one for the current quarter after one of its OEM customers bought more product in the latter part of 2012 than they could sell even into the first …
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal. The enterprise arm of IT broadliner Computer 2000 underwent a restructure last year following the arrival of new broom Colin McGregor, aligning business units to IBM, HP and Cisco rather than vertical markets. As part of this overhaul, marketing …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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React Technologies rises from ashes of burning balance sheet

React Technologies has executed a textbook dive into administration followed by a phoenix-like rise from the ashes - and now trades as React Enterprises having wiped off suppliers' debts in the comeback. The network reseller, led by boss Jess Thompson-Hughes, called in receivers Leonard Curtis on 16 March and installed Mark …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012

Avaya tosses 400 UK resellers overboard

Biz comms Avaya has made good on its promise to toss 400 bit-part channel partners overboard, and claims to have cut the cost and complexity of training as it looks to rebuild part of the base. As exclusively revealed by The Channel back in July, Avaya UK chief Simon Culmer said the firm was going to axe half of its 800-strong …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2012
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Netcell accelerates into Europe with Avnet, Scan

Avnet Computing Components has picked up the franchise to distribute the XFX Revo64 storage accelerator card across Europe. The card is made by XFX, a division of the Pine Group, and is built around the Netcell Revolution storage processing unit (SPU). Netcell is a California start-up - you can read more about its technology …
Team Register, 09 Jun 2005
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Avnet's Euro VP gets a leg up

Avnet Applied Computing has boosted Rien Boot to the position of VP, global operations. Boot was previously VP of European operations. He will report to Ed Kamins, president of Avnet Applied Computing. Boot joined Avnet Applied Computing from Raab Karcher Electronics (RKE). Prior to joining the Raab Karcher group, he was …
Robert Blincoe, 30 May 2001
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UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan

Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm. McGregor, who was EMEA director of enterprise at Avnet until he left last September - the first in a number of departures as the distributor integrated the Bell Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011
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All change in the Channel

A slew of management changes have swept across the channel as the silly season starts in earnest. Distie veteran Alice Smitheman, marketing director at Azlan is set to join Avnet Technology Solutions as EMEA veep of operational excellence, a role that includes fine-tuning the firm's logistics engine. Graeme Watt, EMEA president …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011
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World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

Ingram Micro's European operation is likely to continue to be the group's metaphorical fly in the ointment for 2013 with "no significant growth" forecasted by senior execs. The world's largest IT distie last night reported calendar Q4 numbers showing a 14 per cent rise in turnover to $11.38bn, including $1bn and $75m of sales …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2013
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Profit warning – Avnet's turn

Avnet is the latest on the block with a profits warning. The distie giant says its electronics components division has been particularly badly hit with Q1 sales ended September down 44 per cent on the same period last year and 20 per cent sequentially Avnet's applied computing division, which flogs CPUs and other components to …
Drew Cullen, 04 Oct 2001
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Avnet launches ACS in Europe

Avnet, the US electronics distribution giant, yesterday announced the official launch of its Applied Computing Solutions division in Europe. It will be headed by Jerry Kagele, already a senior Avnet exec. The business unit is one of three within Avnet's Applied Computing division, all of which target system builders. The …
Team Register, 10 May 2001

AWS, NetApp, make close 'n' cloudy connection

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NetApp have cooked up a new alliance designed to make it easier to use data stored on arrays with Amazon's whatever it is that AWS uses to provide its storage services. Dubbed NetApp Private Storage, the new offering allows one to place a NetApp FAS appliance in a data centre – specifically one …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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Flashpoint Marshalled by Avnet troops

UK distributor Flashpoint will be swallowed up in the Avnet acquisition of Marshall Industries. This will give components distributor Avnet an AMD franchise in the UK. Marshall owns part of Sonepar Electronique (SEI), which owns part of SEI Diploma. Flashpoint is part the Diploma group of companies. Slough-based Flashpoint was …
Linda Harrison, 19 Jul 1999
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Avnet snaps up rival

Chip and components distributor Avnet is to buy one of its rivals, Marshall Industries, in a deal worth some $830 million. The purchase will be a combined cash, stock and assumed debt deal, with the resulting company dominating the North American components channel. Each Marshall share will be worth $39 or can be swapped for 0. …
Team Register, 28 Jun 1999
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Channel CFOs break free

The chief financial officer at Kelway - who oversaw the major acquisitions the reseller monster had made in recent years - is leaving by mutual consent at the end of the month and plans to set up a consultancy advising other channel businesses on a buy and build strategy. Craig Compton joined London-based reseller joined Kelway …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2011
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Arrow, Avnet hit profit skids

Arrow Electronics and Avnet, the world's two biggest electronics components disties, have issued profits warnings. Both companies have substantial computer parts wholesaling arms too. Arrow today said Q2 earnings would fall more than anticipated because of falling demand in North America, Europe and Asia. It now expects to …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001
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Colt Technology Services gobbles ThinkGrid

Colt Technology Services has swallowed cloud minnow ThinkGrid for an undisclosed sum to tap up its network of 300 resellers and software developers and the small biz firms it counts as customers. Incorporated in 2008, London-based ThinkGrid provides a cloud platform for channel firms to resell infrastructure-as-a-service kit …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2012
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DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September. Turnover was up by a little more than a fifth to €922.2m (£738.91m) compared to €766.9m in the same period a year earlier, as …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2012

Penguin Computing to make Open Compute servers

Linux server and cluster maker Penguin Computing is a member of the Open Compute Project started by Facebook to create open source data center gear, and now it is an official "solution provider". This means that Penguin now has OCP's official blessing to make and sell integrated systems based on the motherboard and system …
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK. Walker was made redundant by Azlan, enterprise arm of broadline distie Computer 2000 in November as part of a structural overhaul, which also saw the exit of marketing director Simon Welch and the entire Avaya business unit. A …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Northamber money boss Lee resigns after seven months

Northamber has split with director of finance Nick Lee just seven months after he stepped into the role, The Register can confirm. Lee joined Chessington-based distie Northamber in June after parting with former employer Avnet Tehcnology Solutions where he was chief UK bean counter. Prior to that he was CFO at Bell Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2011