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Magirus claims 'head start' from EMC on VSPEX private cloud

EMC is promoting Magirus as the go-to distributor for VSPEX after it certified 14 configurations that can be assembled at its Euro facility. The converged infrastructure – a pure channel play aimed at mid-market users – is "more flexible" than VCE's Vblock or Net App's Flex Pod, said Philippe Fossé, EMC veep for EMEA channels. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
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Azlan interims, Datrontech death throes, distie mergers

Azlan, the networking equipment distie to IT training firm, more than doubled its profits to £3.74m (1999: £1.67m) for the six months to September 30. Sales climbed 35 per cent to £261.7m. Ian Boyle is poised to buy-out Datrontech, the stricken distie, he co-founded with Steve King, according to Microscope. It cites 'several …
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2000
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We were right: EMC's VSPEX will take on FlexPods

EMC has devised a set of converged server system reference templates called VSPEX, offering complete application, soup-to-nuts modular stack designs to be sold and built by its Velocity Partner channel. Customers get faster and simpler implementations while EMC's channel gets additional high-margin business with EMC selling and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2012
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Northamber to split with vendors again

Cisco and Toshiba are winding down their agreement with Surrey-based distribution veteran Northamber. The two-year deal with the networking linchpin covered products in its Small Business Technology Group (SBTG) – mini versions of the classic Cisco routing, switching, security and unified comms lines. Talking to The Register, …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2011
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Global Knowledge becomes largest Cisco trainer

Global Knowledge claims it is now the world's largest provider of Cisco training after snaffling up Azlan Training. The privately held Global Knowledge bought the European unit from distribution giant Tech Data, which inherited it through its acquisition of networking distribution specialist Azlan in 2003. The combined …
Team Register, 16 Mar 2006
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Medea gains UK solus for HP optical media

Medea International, the Dundee-based IT products wholesaler, has secured exclusive UK rights to distribute HP’s new line of optical storage media. Customers can burn their own designs on to the HP-branded DVD and CDD optical media, thanks to Lightscribe, a special coating used on the upper surface of the discs. Of course you …
Distie roundup, 21 Jun 2005
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Europe's tail wags Tech Data's dog

The falling dollar and new money from Azlan helped Tech Data to easily exceed year-on-year net income and revenues for Q4, ended 31 January, 2004. The distie giant had net sales of $4.9bn, 22 per cent higher than last Q4's $4bn. Net income was $38.9m, against a net loss of $303m last time around. Last year's Q4 had a whopping …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2004
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Euro printer sales on the up-and-up

The market for printers in Europe is continuing to grow. Sales increased 17 per cent for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Context's SalesWatch tracks indirect sales for business and consumer buyers. All-in-one inkjets grew fastest with sales up 97 per cent compared to a year ago. HP kept the …
John Oates, 03 Jun 2004
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Computer 2000 fills board of directors

Computer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, has appointed Andrew Shepperd as Director of Azlan UK and of Alice Smitheman as Product Marketing Director. It is also today announcing a number of internal appointments which will complete its board of directors. Shepperd returns to Tech Data after spending the last four years as Sales …
Robin Lettice, 05 Jan 2007
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Schoolboy passes the Novell test

A Kent schoolboy has passed one of Novell's top engineering examinations, notching up his second IT qualification this year. Fifteen-year-old Mark Wickings gained the Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) certificate, Novell's equivalent to the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), after a 22-day training programme sponsored by …
Linda Harrison, 22 Dec 1999
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Computer 2000 and Fujitsu climb into bed

Fujitsu and Computer 2000 will be teaming up to push document management products. Fujitsu hopes the trade-only distributor will help it peddle its leading range of scanners to new markets. Another part of the deal will see Compter 2000's enterprise networking division, Azlan, double-team with Fujitsu to rock the channel with …
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Phoenix launches reseller reward programme

Sales of laser printers in France fell four per cent in February compared to January. But the market has grown 14 per cent compared to February last year. Colour laser printers grew 25 per cent compared with a year ago while monochrome printers grew by 13 per cent. The research, from Context SalesWatch, also revealed that the …
John Oates, 05 May 2004
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Irish distie claims top spot

Commtech is claiming to be Ireland's top security distributor following its purchase of Sentryst for an undisclosed amount. Sentryst was spun off from reseller Entropy in 1999 and has some shareholders in common. Conall Lavery, MD of Entropy and the largest minority shareholder in Sentryst, said: "Sentryst has operated very …
John Oates, 05 Jul 2005
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Tech Data profits evaporate

Computer 2000's parent, Tech Data saw its shares rise slightly yesterday, despite the company posting a big fall in first quarter profits. The distie watched turnover fall by 2.4 per cent to $4.9bn for the first quarter of 2007, ended 31 April 2006. Profits also fell sharply - from $33.5m in the first quarter of 2005 to $12.9m …
John Oates, 24 May 2006
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C2000 makes SME push

Computer 2000 has officially launched a campaign to sell IBM servers to SME resellers. The distributor signed up to sell IBM's x servers and workstations last August, while IBM launched its server campaign for SMEs in December. Yet C2000 tried to make out in a press release it published today this was all new: "Computer 2000, …
Mark Ballard, 27 Feb 2007
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C2000 gears up for Microsoft sales binge

Computer 2000, Tech Data's UK subsidiary, is gearing up for a flurry of activity around renewing Microsoft Software Assurance contracts. These were introduced two years ago and many come up for renewal between now and July. C2000 will provide detailed customer information to the resellers who sold the original contracts. …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Ingram Micro Europe signs Good

Ingram Micro is to distribute Good Technology push email software for handhelds across Europe. It kicks off next month with a reselller bundle combining the HP iPAQ hw 6515 PDA with Goodlink. The two companies already work together in the US. Commtech, the Irish security products distie, is dipping its toe in to the UK, by …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 2005
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DiData reshuffles board

Reseller giant Dimension Data is splitting the role of chief executive and chairman, in line with recommended best business practice. DiData chief operating officer Brett Dawson is made chief executive. Jeremy Ord moves from executive chairman to non-executive chairman. Malcolm Rutherford resigned from his post as chief …
John Oates, 03 Mar 2004
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Quantum offers full line through European channel

Storage behemoth Quantum is to offer its complete line of products through European distributors Ideal Hardware and CMS Peripherals.This will include the DLT VS80, DLT VS160 and SDLT 320-branded tape drives. PCA Business Forum The Professional Computing Association's annual Business Forum is taking place on 26 February. The …
John Oates, 18 Feb 2004
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Easycando flogs online training for the masses

UK company Futuremedia has teamed up with BT to launch an online training portal. Futuremedia has signed up ten partners to offer courses in IT, business and finance through easycando.com. The venture uses Solstra software, developed jointly with BT. The portal offers 1500 courses in topics such as Web design and Microsoft …
Linda Harrison, 23 Mar 2000
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Cisco shakes up distribution strategy

Cisco has announced a shake up in its distribution strategy in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) which means many of its disties will no longer deal with product procurement, effectively demoting their status. After February 2002, Cisco's Western European wholesalers are organised into two tiers: seven Cisco Distribution …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2001
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Allegations of fraud rock ilion

ilion is to instigate legal proceedings against an employee following the announcement of financial irregularities totalling some £500,000. The group issued a statement at 8am saying the board had discovered "an irregular transaction in the UK business which potentially could result in the Group incurring a loss of the order of …
Linda Harrison, 26 May 1999
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Kauffman joins Ten-TV

Technology Education Network Inc, Ten-TV, has poached IT training veteran John Kauffman, formerly with Azlan Training and CBT Systems. Kauffman is joining as European operations manager, aiming to expand Ten-TV’s business-to-business distance learning business in the European marketplace. Ten-TV is a leading distance learning …
A staffer, 20 Oct 1998
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The Incredible Shrinking Merisel

Once upon a time, Merisel was the world's second biggest IT products distributor. Years of cutbacks has seen the company retrench, first to North America, and now to Canada only. It is firing 200 staff, winding down distribution activities in US over the next 90 days and will in future restrict itself to flogging software …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2000
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Tech Data Q4 profits jump on tax settlement

Tech Data had a good fourth quarter, generating revenues of $5.6bn , up 14.2 per cent on the same quarter last year. Net income improved too, up from $38.9m in Q404 (which ended January, 2004) to $59.3m this time around. However, the distie giant was helped along by returning into the profit line $11.5m in previously accrued …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2005
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Horizon profits jump in '04

Horizon Technology Group's operating profits grew 38 per cent to €7m for 2004, up from just over €5m in 2003. Operating profit margins at the specialist Sun Microsystems reseller increased from two per cent in 2003 to 2.5 per cent in 2004. Turnover rose 12 per cent from €250m to €281m over the year. As a percentage of turnover …
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Horizon bounces back

Horizon Technology enjoyed a 17 per cent year-on-year revenue increase in the first half of 2004, citing to a healthy systems integration market and an increase in market share. The Irish-owned reseller posted turnover of €151m for the first six months of 2004 (H103: €129m). The company had a net profit of €2.1m (H103: €148,000 …
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BT and Cisco's new channel offering

BT Indirect Channels (BTIC) and Cisco today teamed up to announce Integrator, a channel programme that provides resellers with a one-stop shop for Cisco's kit and BT's telephony and network offerings. Integrator is in essence a virtual distribution platform for BTIC to widen its reach into SME customers, a market that brother …
James Watson, 14 Dec 2001
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Ex-ilion faculty MD joins US company

Julia Jones will join US Internet training company HyCurve as MD for EMEA. Jones, who recently resigned from ilion faculty, will head up HyCurve's planned expansion into Europe, followed by the Middle East and Africa. She will report to Michael Pinkman, HyCurve worldwide sales VP, when she joins the company next month. Carolyn …
Linda Harrison, 15 Apr 1999
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DCC sings UK distie praise

DCC, the Irish mini-conglomerate, today released preliminary results for the year ended March 31, 2001. The bit we're interested in are those for Sercom Distribution, where its IT businesses hang out. Like Azlan which also released results today, DCC boasts a 'robust' business model - for its UK distribution division, at any …
Drew Cullen, 13 May 2002
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Datrontech to bring Novell to the SME masses

Novell today added Datrontech to its list of UK distributors with the launch of its Novell Systems Partner Programme. The networking vendor spurned its existing distributors to appoint Basingstoke-based Datrontech to target an untapped market. It will sell Novell NetWare for Small Business and NetWare 5 products, and offer …
Linda Harrison, 06 May 1999
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Microsoft trying to track down women engineers

Microsoft has vowed to track how many women it has certified as engineers after its ignorance of candidates’ genders hampered an academic investigation of lady-friendly training methods. Open University researchers wanted to know how many women trained in the UK as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE), how many took the …
Mark Ballard, 09 Aug 2005
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From the Computer Trade Show floor

It's dealer-tastic at Birmingham's NEC, with CTS, the UK get-together for channel firms targeting system builders, and sister exhibition, the Comms Show, for telephony resellers, both running this week. Here are some announcements which caught our eye. Centerprise praises Sweex Centerprise banged the drum at CTS for its latest …
John Oates, 07 Apr 2004
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Distributors in turmoil

A couple of weeks is a long time in the IT industry and you really notice it when you go away. I’ve returned to find a distribution sector in even more turmoil. Profit warnings, resignations and job cuts at the once almighty Ideal Hardware, profit warnings at Datrontech and at Northamber, and more job losses at Ingram Micro. …
Simon Meredith, 16 Jun 1999
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Distributors in turmoil: the winners and the losers

Distribution is moving in two opposite directions – one is taking the big companies into a high-volume model with highly automated ordering and delivery systems, the other to a high value specialised model and one that will closely align with the reseller community. This does not mean that all the distributors in the middle who …
Simon Meredith, 16 Jun 1999
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Simon Meredith writes…

This is the first in a series of regular, weekly columns from Simon Meredith. Simon is one of the most well-known and well-established channel journalists in the UK. Each week, here on The Register, Simon will turn his attention to some of the burning issues of the day. More information about Simon’s work can be found at his Web …
Simon Meredith, 06 May 1999