Network and storage VAD Zycko has launched its new Riverbed SteelCentral demonstration lab. The lab has been designed to show how real workloads, application and coding problems, as well as network, host and database issues can be visualised and pin-pointed. The Zycko facility is a comprehensive end-to-end demonstration environment that ought to help customers relate to the challenges of managing their complex hybrid architectures. With the ability to simulate real work-loads and latencies, customers are able to see how Riverbed solutions can give visibility, control and optimisation of their application architectures. In this environment, customers have a way to show how technology can monitor, manage and resolve business impacts caused by infrastructure issues. The demo lab can be accessed remotely, and is thus available through Zycko offices in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden.
Meru goes north with Zycko
Already working together is several other European countries (Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), wireless infrastructure vendor Meru has expanded its partnership with network and storage VAD Zycko to Norway and Sweden.
Mellanox partners with Zycko
Storage and network VAD Zycko has unveiled a new relationship with end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions vendor Mellanox Technologies. Mellanox is uniquely positioned offering interconnect solutions with the highest throughput and lowest latency. This ensures data is delivered faster to applications and unlocks system performance capabilities whilst improving network virtualisation performance and simplifying management. With an ability to increase the adoption of specialist technologies and solutions, Zycko is able to comprehensively support the effective distribution of the Mellanox product range across EMEA, through its offices in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Network and security VAD Arrow ECS has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire its pan-European competitor Computerlinks (an acquisition known internally as Project Castle). According to Michael J. Long, chairman, president and CEO of Arrow, "this acquisition supports our strategy to serve the data center of the future and strengthens our position in this rapidly growing segment." Headquartered in Germany, Computerlinks has operations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Arrow ECS owns offices in all these countries except Australia, India, Italy, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Arrow ECS will thus be able to enter these five new markets. In all other countries, one will have to wait to know more about the practical impact on local teams and distribution partnerships, as we can report many important overlaps in several countries (even if most Computerlinks' vendors do not work with Arrow ECS). Sales in 2013 are estimated to total approximately €1.1 billion, compared to €943 million reported for 2012. This acquisition is expected to be €.15 to €.18 accretive to earnings per share, excluding the impact of the amortization of related intangible assets, in the first year post closing. The purchase price is approximately €230 million, more than twice the €104 million paid by Equistone back in 2008. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. Last major European independant VADs are French Exclusive Networks and Itancia, Italian ITway and British Zycko.
Aptare expands channel programme with Zycko
Enterprise data centre optimisation vendor Aptare has inked an exclusive relationship with storage and network VAD Zycko to promote its sales through its strong network within the EMEA markets. According to Aptare, Zycko's ability to distribute new technologies and solutions makes them a key partner that brings pre-sales expertise, technical support, custom configuration, and industry-leading accredited training with full demonstration and proof of concept facilities. Initially, Zycko will distribute Aptare solutions in the United Kingdom, while other countries will follow over the coming months.
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