Storage VAD Hammer and Spectra Logic have entered into an EMEA-wide distribution agreement. The partnership will see Hammer adding Spectra Logic's high-capacity workflow, tape and disk-based products to its portfolio in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom and will allow Spectra Logic to strengthen its position in key backup and archive markets. By partnering with Hammer, Spectra will grow its enterprise-level reseller customer base.
Jason Beeson, Hammer's Commercial Director, said: "this is an excellent opportunity to increase our high-performance computing offering to our partners and customers. By adding Spectra Logic's bespoke data workflow storage solutions we can reach a whole new genre of highly data-dependent users who are seeking a complete data workflow, from input and day-to-day use right through to deep storage and archiving." Spectra Logic's integrated tape and disk products have become the prevailing standard for those sectors challenged with storing, managing and accessing massive amounts of data and where high-performance computing is mission critical; sectors such as media and entertainment, scientific research, healthcare and financial services. As Spectra Logic's object-based storage systems links directly to the public cloud, this distribution agreement will also enable Hammer to enhance its current cloud portfolio.
Brian Grainger, Chief Sales Officer at Spectra Logic, said: "we've seen a major increase in demand for high-capacity, deep storage solutions, which have become essential to a wide range of businesses grappling with the challenges of storing, managing and accessing data while dealing with the rapidly evolving mandates in Europe that are driving changes in storage requirements. With Hammer's help, we aim to reach more businesses that can benefit from our product range. We are keen to work with Hammer because it is among the most specialised storage distributors in Europe and has a range of products which are complementary to our own."
Gerard Marlow, General Manager – OEM & Whitebox Storage at Hammer, said: "for 25 years, Hammer has added value at every opportunity to ensure our channel of resellers meet and exceed their customer expectations. To achieve this we constantly seek to add leading and innovative products to our portfolio and the range of deep storage products from Spectra Logic will meet this objective."
Exertis and Hammer win major vendor contract
United Kingdom: the VAD division of broadliner Exertis has announced that, in combination with storage VAD Hammer (another distribution company of Exertis group), it has been awarded the distribution contract for Dell EMC, a provider of converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This follows a global and country rationalisation of Dell/EMC distribution partners. Exertis and Hammer will provide resellers in the country with the full Dell EMC portfolio.
Phil Brown, Exertis IT sales and commercial director, said: "we are delighted to have been retained as a distribution partner. Exertis and Hammer have both been long-standing and successful partners for Dell in both client and enterprise, and Hammer has an excellent track record as a leading storage specialist. We have previously helped Dell bring their channel programmes to life and are looking forward to delivering the new Dell EMC partner programme to a broad reach of customers that can benefit from the solutions and technical expertise provided by both of our companies."
Exertis acquired Hammer towards the end of last year, enhancing its capability in the mid - and higher range server and storage market. Hammer has enjoyed considerable success in providing value-added services and bespoke solutions in a number of vertical markets for customers and has a well-earned reputation as a storage specialist. "This is a great example of how our two teams are already leveraging the complementary strengths of both companies. We have increased our presence in the enterprise market through key vendor additions, acquisition and by investing in people. The addition of the EMC portfolio, alongside our existing Dell products, is a great opportunity for our resellers to provide best-in-class enterprise solutions for their customers", said Jason Beeson, Hammer commercial director. Earlier this month, Exertis appointed Kevin Matthews as its enterprise sales director to lead its engagement with key value added resellers.
United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis has purchased AV specialist Medium for an undisclosed amount. Gerry O'Keefe, Exertis, managing director UK&I said: "Medium has an unrivalled reputation for customer service, industry knowledge and offering specialist support and solutions in key areas of the AV market. The company has built strong customer and vendor relationships, and its technical expertise will strengthen our ability to implement a full suite of professional AV solutions into the B2B market where our complementary products and services will provide opportunities for additional growth." Ian Sempers, Medium managing director, said: "we are delighted to be joining forces with Exertis. The continued convergence of the IT and AV market means we will be in a great position to service a sector that extends beyond traditional AV solutions. Our expertise and technical knowledge in this market combined with Exertis' wider product portfolio will provide a compelling proposition for resellers and vendors." The acquisition of Medium, follows the announcement of Exertis' intention to acquire server and storage specialist Hammer, and is further evidence of the company’s strategy to provide a complete range of technology solutions from home to IT, mobile and enterprise whilst maintaining specialist expertise in key market segments. Its AV division was recently highly commended in the AV awards 2016.
Exertis to acquire Hammer
Irish distribution group DCC Technology, which trades as Exertis, has announced its intention to acquire storage VAD Hammer, subject to approval from the European Commission. Hammer has offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, employing 165 personnel. It generated sales of €180.6m for the twelve months ended 31 January 2016 and distributes products from a leading range of vendors including Dell, Intel, Netapp, Seagate and Western Digital, to almost 1,000 value added resellers, cloud service providers and systems integrators. The acquisition, which is based on an initial enterprise value of €46.3 million will strengthen Exertis' enterprise portfolio and enhance its capability in the mid- and higher range server and storage market. Customers of Hammer will benefit from exposure to a wider range of products distributed through Exertis including networking, security and unified communications. Following regulatory approvals, expected to be completed by the end of 2016, Hammer will continue to operate as a standalone business with both entities capitalising on the benefits of the acquisition, to ensure that Hammer's specialism is not diluted.
Niall Ennis, DCC Technology managing director, said: "Hammer has enjoyed considerable success in providing value-added services and bespoke solutions in a number of vertical markets for their customers and has a well-earned reputation as a storage specialist. The acquisition has significant benefits for both companies increasing Exertis' expertise and solutions in the storage market, complementary to our existing server and enterprise business, and providing Hammer customers and vendors with a platform for growth within a diverse and financially strong technology distribution company. In addition, this deepens Exertis' presence across several European countries."
James Ward, Hammer managing director, said: "We see great synergy and opportunities for our customers, vendors and employees in joining Exertis. By leveraging the complementary strengths of both companies we can only add value to what is an exciting proposition for all our stakeholders. We look forward to working with Exertis management teams and building on the success of both companies."
Hammer loses its head
France: Claude Taieb, who has founded the local office of storage VAD Hammer, has left the distributor to join SSD vendor Sandisk as SSD Strategic Manager - Southern Europe & Benelux. It is yet unknown who will replace him at Hammer France.
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