Computerlinks loses wires with Aruba
Network and security VAD Computerlinks has signed a distribution deal with Aruba, for its complete, wireless network infrastructure offer in Finland, Germany and Sweden.
EMC provides Velocity distribution partners worldwide with new assembly services capability
Storage vendor EMC has enabled EMC Velocity distributors worldwide with the skills and resources required to assemble multi-vendor solutions that feature EMC's award-winning unified storage systems and next-generation backup solutions. Distributors worldwide will be provided with the technical training, proven methodologies and the backing of EMC's Global Services organization so they may assemble EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure and other solutions for their reseller Partners. By receiving a pre-assembled, proven solution on-site that has been customized to meet the customer's specific business needs, reseller Partners can immediately focus on accelerating the installation and implementation so that its customers can realize the benefits of the solution faster.
The new assembly capability for distributors builds on EMC's commitment to provide choice for how Partners assemble multi-vendor solutions. It also enables Partners to accelerate their profitability by focusing on value-added services to more quickly deploy the solution to meet specific customer needs. This announcement follows a string of other new EMC initiatives developed to help channel partners worldwide accelerate their customers' journey to the cloud. These include VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, as well as Velocity Cloud Practices – Cloud Builder and Cloud Provider – and EMC Cooperative Services, which were announced at the first annual Global Partner Summit held at EMC World in May.
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Dell unveils its plans for its new distributors
With 16 acquisitions in the past year, Dell has strongly reinforced its offer. But it also got a hand over several new distribution networks, including an access to most major European VADs (like Arrow ECS, Avnet or TD Azlan to name a few) through the acquisition of SonicWALL, Wyse and Quest Software. One major question about this is, what are its plans about this new distributor stable. Emmanuel Mouquet, recently interviewed by ITdistri, is pretty clear: "our goal is to let a complete freedom to the companies we acquired: we keep their teams and their distribution contracts. We also give them an access to Dell teams to accelerate their growth. A good example of this strategy is Compellent, whose European turnover was €7.5m in 2010 (before the acquisition), and more than €10m for the last quarter." According to Emmanuel Mouquet, the only contracts Dell may drop were already in the process of being dropped before the acquisition. As Dell was previously working mainly with Magirus as a VAD, it does not have yet any over-distribution problems. Ultimately, Dell plans to propose some of these new distributors the right to distribute additional Dell products, like servers or storage systems, albeit it is yet too early to give any specific details about this: "for example, when a customer buys for €1 of Wyse products, it can spend up to €5 in infrastructure additionally: the growth margin is pretty substantial", explains Emmanuel Mouquet.
More Sourcefire for Computerlinks
Denmark : already working together in Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, network security vendor SourceFire has extended its partnership with network and security VAD Computerlinks to its Danish subsidiary.
Exclusive Networks to push on services
In order to drive its future growth, French network and security VAD Exclusive Networks is investing in a new infrastructure and new services to optimize and automatize the order processing and technical support on the European scale, starting with Scandinavia. The distributor also plans to launch in the coming months its own offer of managed services, in order to help its resellers generate recurring business. This offer may very well look like the Alvea offer of its competitor Computerlinks. Currently, Exclusive Networks is present, beside France, in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.