VAD WestconGroup has announced the company's Comstor business unit has signed an EMEA partnership with SimpliVity to distribute the company's leading hyperconverged infrastructure platform, OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS, through its offices in Angola, Austria, Belgium, Cameroun, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and the United Kingdom. SimpliVity's hyper-converged infrastructure radically simplifies IT by consolidating all infrastructure and data services below the hypervisor into a single unified stack running on x86 building blocks. SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure is delivered at a fraction of cost and with extreme reduction in complexity over legacy IT stacks.
Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled an exclusive agreement with cloud enablement provider BitTitan, giving reseller partners and MSPs across the region access to the company's automated onboarding solutions for seamless migrations to Microsoft Office 365. Offered by Tech Data since 2013 in the US, Canada and Latin America, BitTitan's solutions will now be available globally via the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store, thus in the EMEA region through Tech Data offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "With BitTitan's solutions, Tech Data's European resellers and MSPs can capitalize on the tremendous growth of Microsoft Office 365 by significantly reducing time to implementation and delivering excellent user experiences for their customers, eliminating the complexities typically experienced when selling, moving and servicing the cloud," said Reza Honarmand, vice president, Software & Cloud at Tech Data Europe. "Furthermore, by offering BitTitan’s solutions through the Tech Data Cloud Solution Store, resellers and MSPs now have a single transaction source for all of the elements of cloud enablement." Tech Data Europe will provide BitTitan’s full stack of solutions, including:
Broadliner Ingram Micro has further expanded its expertise and ability to address the complete lifecycle services of mobility devices through the acquisitions of UK-based CANAI Group and Portugal-based Clarity Technology. Established in 2001, CANAI specializes in retail, carrier and web-based trade-in processes, sustainable recovery, reuse and recycling of electronic products. CANAI offers fully accredited processes and facilities to end users, retailers, manufacturers and carriers to help them optimize the asset value and utilization of used devices in compliance with regulatory recycling and disposal requirements. Clarity Technology was established in 2008 and provides a range of services for the mobility industry including reverse logistics, repairs, parts and accessory management and diagnostics and repair avoidance. In addition to increasing the breadth and depth of the mobility lifecycle services that Ingram is able to offer its existing partners and customers, both companies add important new retail, carrier and OEM relationships within the telecommunications ecosystem. Additional details of the transactions were not disclosed. "The addition of CANAI and Clarity Technology's established services capabilities is perfectly aligned with Ingram Micro's strategic commitment to accelerate our presence and growth in higher value services businesses across the globe," said Shailendra Gupta, Ingram Micro President, Mobility Services. "Both companies bring proven intellectual property, further strengthening and complementing our current capabilities to deliver comprehensive life cycle services. While the two businesses are presently small, we expect to leverage these capabilities initially across our existing infrastructure to benefit our current and future partners and customers."
Vendor shipments of Large Format Displays (LFDs) were up by 36% across EMEA in Q1 2015 compared to Q1 2014, according to data published by CONTEXT, the European IT market analysis company. Two screen sizes have been driving volume growth. The first size is the entry-level 34 inch and below, which saw sales increase +68% year-on-year. "There is a developing trend for vendors to offer reliable, low-cost digital signage, which is used in more and more retail outlets, restaurants and offices because it is dynamic and easy to update", said Lachlan Welsh, senior analyst at CONTEXT. "This has led to more engaged customers and workers; not only is their experience more exciting, but they are also presented with the right message at the right time, whereas that delivered through printed signage was often too broad and out of date." Unit sales of screens of 165 cm (65") and above also grew significantly, increasing by +92%. However, the most noticeable trend is the share of revenues this segment now commands: it has a 31% share of the EMEA market, an increase of over 10% from the year before. Interactive displays have been a key contributor to this increase as the number of applications for them grows. For example, in retail environments they are being used to engage customers and improve their experience by making it possible for them to check the availability and location of products and to use their smartphone to initiate the purchase cycle. These displays carry an ASP premium of nearly twice that of a typical Large Format Display, which further boosted revenues. 4K and Ultra-HD displays have also been penetrating the market, and because of the cleaner, crisper image they produce, they have been increasingly used in such applications as luxury retail, where quality reigns supreme. In terms of vendor performance, Samsung retained its No. 1 position with a 47% share of the total market, having registered year-on-year growth of +35% for the period. NEC and LG completed the top three, with shares of 14% and 10% respectively.
Country break-down: year-on-year growth Q1/2015
American broadliner Tech Data has further advanced its cloud strategy with the official global launch of TDCloud, powered by StreamOne, the company's end-to-end provisioning, billing, and marketing engine providing scale and operational scope to solution providers. The Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store is available to partners in Canada, France and the United Kingdom, and will be introduced across Europe in a phased introduction over the coming weeks. The Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store is part of TDCloud, a dedicated business within the company that provides education, enablement and assistance with transitioning to cloud- and subscription-based models. Through the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store, solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs) can administer and control the entire cloud services delivery process in an app store-like environment. Everything from initial assessment and quoting to the provisioning and ongoing management of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) from trusted technology providers can be done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively in one place.