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Arrow Electronics collaborates with non-profit Close the Gap to help bridge the Digital Divide in Africa

Multispecialist Arrow Electronics and the non-profit organisations Close the Gap and Hoops of Hope collaborate to turn used cargo containers into fully equipped digital classrooms and health clinics that can be deployed to remote areas of Africa. The first "DigiTruck" in Africa was unveiled to the Tuleeni Orphanage in Tanzania in early August. The DigiTruck is now providing some 80 orphans at Tuleeni with a classroom full of high-quality, refurbished laptops, tablets and other IT equipment.

"Arrow Electronics is committed to finding innovative ways that technology can improve people's lives," said Michael J. Long, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Arrow. "From our semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) project that enabled a quadriplegic former racing car driver to realise his dream of driving again, to this DigiTruck project that is providing orphans in sub-Saharan Africa with their first computers, Arrow is guiding innovation forward in incredible ways. Close the Gap, Hoops of Hope and Neema International's Tuleeni Orphanage are doing great work, and Arrow is fortunate to collaborate with such inspiring organisations."

According to UNESCO, more than 182 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa are unable to read or write, and 48 million young people are illiterate. Access to information and communication technology is critical to improving a country's educational and economic prospects. However, high equipment costs, poor infrastructure and limited proficiency all prevent this much-needed technology from reaching many parts of Africa.

"For more than 10 years, Close the Gap has been removing barriers to digital literacy in developing countries. More than 75 percent of the population in Africa live in rural communities where infrastructure presents a huge barrier—modern information and communication technologies coupled with solar-powered solutions like the DigiTruck are able to help bridge this digital divide and to bring quality training and education to remote communities. With the support of partners like Arrow Electronics, Close the Gap is honoured to be a part of the work of Tuleeni Orphanage and make a positive impact in the lives of these orphans," said Olivier Vanden Eynde, founder and managing director of Close the Gap.

The DigiTruck can accommodate up to 18 students at a time in a classroom setting. It is equipped with solar panels capable of fully powering it for several days at a time so it can reach remote rural villages with no electricity. The DigiTruck is also triple-insulated to protect against the heat and secured with double steel doors and bolted window shutters. Donated IT equipment refurbished by Arrow's Value Recovery business inside the DigiTruck includes laptops, tablets, printers, routers and a LED TV flat-screen monitor. Local workers in Arusha, Tanzania helped to build the truck.

"Arrow Electronics and Close the Gap have the power to turn lives around," said Mandy Stein, the founder and executive director of Neema International, the organisation supporting the Tuleeni Orphanage. "They are changing my kids' worlds - with the computers and DigiTruck, their dreams now are within reach."

The DigiTruck will spend the next several months at the Tuleeni Orphanage before moving onto its next location in 2016. Arrow will donate all of the laptops and IT equipment to the Tuleeni Orphanage when the DigiTruck moves on, providing a permanent learning environment for the orphans. Arrow will also outfit the DigiTruck with additional refurbished equipment for its next stops.

Working together, Arrow and Close the Gap plan to build and deploy a number of additional DigiTrucks throughout Africa. In fact, following Arrow's sponsorship of Close the Gap's first DigiTruck, four other companies pledged to sponsor similar units.

Arrow's Value Recovery business, which donated the refurbished electronic devices inside the DigiTruck, works with its customers to securely refurbish computers, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices for additional use, or repurpose their still-valuable component parts for other uses. Whenever possible, Arrow emphasises extending the life of these devices by selling them, redeploying them within organisations or donating them.

The provision of the DigiTruck in Tanzania was featured on US television program “Courage in Sports” which highlights powerful stories of courage, resilience and excellence in the face of adversity. The program was broadcast on CBS. The Courage in Sports segment can be viewed here.

Arrow named Pan-European distributor for FireEye

Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS has become an authorised distributor for FireEye across Europe, through a new agreement aimed at providing cyber security solutions on a broader scale to the channel across the region. "Cyber security solutions from FireEye are a necessity for partners at the forefront of advising customers about their security or risk position," said Nik Churchley, director of channel sales, EMEA, FireEye. "In recent years, we have seen a substantial increase in cyber threats across Europe against all types and sizes of businesses, and Arrow provides FireEye with broader reach into the channel to address this trend. Arrow is well placed to help the channel introduce these solutions, creating additional revenue streams and driving accelerated growth for our partners." Under this new agreement, Arrow ECS and FireEye will work together to solidify existing markets and enter new territories and access high growth sectors. Arrow will directly support the channel by:

  • providing an extensive team of FireEye specialists across Europe to support new and existing FireEye resellers, service providers, solutions providers and systems integrators
  • supporting channel efforts to increase market share and retain profit through demand generation programs and deal registration
  • enabling the channel to sell the FireEye professional services portfolio, providing access to response readiness assessments, incident response and compromise assessments and services designed to increase the level of associated product revenue
  • offering competitive financing and leasing options
  • investing in demo equipment for lab and proof-of-concept activity, which provides easy and timely access for FireEye partners across Europe to support fast-tracking of opportunities

"As a value-added distributor, we provide the channel with comprehensive solutions, services, education and strategic support to ensure information security of their customers," said Jesper Trolle, vice president sales, marketing and services, Arrow ECS EMEA. "FireEye joins our best-in-class security portfolio with excellent, innovative solutions that will complement our approach to offer customers a complete security solution independent from the environment where it is needed."

Under this agreement with FireEye, Arrow ECS will provide support in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Arrow and Splunk announce European distribution agreement

infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS and Splunk, a provider of software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, have announced a distribution agreement across Europe, through Arrow ECS offices in Austria, the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Splunk platform enables customers to gain valuable IT, security and business insights by collecting, searching, monitoring, visualising and analysing machine-generated data whether located on premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments. "As the leading platform for Operational Intelligence, Splunk solutions are a powerful addition to our big data and analytics solutions practice," said Jesper Trolle, vice president of sales, marketing and services, Arrow ECS. "We are looking forward to bringing our incremental value model to the Splunk partner ecosystem. This will enable Splunk and our solution providers to leverage our scale to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the Splunk platform." "The growth of the Splunk business and reseller community is a key driver in adding distribution in the European region", said Emilio Umeoka, vice president of worldwide partners, Splunk. "We are excited to have Arrow distribute Splunk solutions and services to better serve our resellers and help meet growing customer demand".

VMware vCloud Air Network Program Extended: Arrow again selected as a key aggregator

Infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS has been selected as an aggregator for VMware's extension to the vCloud Air Network Program (VCAN). The addition of vCloud Air to the program will allow Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to consume vCloud Air for their own use, paid for on a monthly basis. The selection of Arrow ECS - a recent Global VMware Partner Network Award winner - has been driven by the increasing demand for its cloud solutions from providers and resellers, and will expand the reach of the full VMware portfolio. vCloud Air is a VMware-hosted service which includes virtual private cloud, dedicated cloud, and disaster recovery options. It can be used by MSPs to augment existing platforms, enable global reach, and reduce time to market; all whilst using technology that’s compatible with their existing vCloud environments and familiar to operations teams. Arrow ECS will deliver vCloud Air through its ArrowSphere cloud platform in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ArrowSphere allows MSPs to acquire VMware products in a way that aligns with their subscription-based business models. As well as, providing significant automation to remove the complexities of provisioning, usage management, billing and reporting.

Pure Storage and Arrow ECS sign agreement to drive adoption of all-flash storage

Pure Storage, an independent solid-state array vendor, and infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS have unveiled an agreement to drive adoption of the Pure Storage all-flash array via Pure Storage channel partners, within Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) through Arrow ECS offices in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For the channel community, flash storage opens up new growth opportunities within the storage market. Arrow ECS is adding extensive value in this segment and incremental services such as deal registration, and proof-of-concept management. A highly specialised team will deliver consulting, professional services, technical support and training on Pure's solutions - serving reseller needs when implementing flash storage solutions within customer environments. "It is imperative that there is support from distributors such as Arrow across a region in order to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding channel base" said James Petter, VP EMEA at Pure Storage. "Our partnership with Arrow in EMEA is central to our strategy and will expand Pure Storage's reach within markets and across countries, boost VAR recruitment and maintain our commitment to operating as channel-focused business with approximately 50 percent of the transactions sourced by partners. Arrow ECS will offer comprehensive value and choice to our partners."


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