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Cloud as a New Channel Opportunity

Before the cloud, VARs made money by combining hardware and software into solutions, and then they would augment their product-centric revenue through professional services like technical services and maintenance support. Today, in contrast, the rise of the cloud has limited the market for physical products like servers and shrink-wrapped software – but customers still need servers, and they still need software, according to cloud-service broker Computenext.

Over the last few years, the IT channel has adopted cloud services either as hosted products, or it has resold services to capitalize on new opportunities. And most of all, customers still need the professional services as before, only now the services are more likely to involve cloud-based assets than physical ones.

Increased cloud adoption presents both challenge and opportunity to the channel. Fortunately for channel players, as cloud adoption increases, the channel's support for cloud products and services increases as well.

In fact, the cloud is an access point for new channel opportunities, for example, cloud-based disaster recovery, security solutions, business applications, cloud-based storage, as well as all the professional services and all the integrations that provide customers with complete cloud-based solutions. Furthermore, many channel players already offer some sort of professional guidance and support service for selecting, implementing and migrating customers to various cloud platforms. Solution providers are increasingly becoming an essential part of the cloud ecosystem, particularly in the midmarket, where they ensure the smooth migration of data and services from on-premises environments to the cloud. For more details, you can download the full whitepaper here.

Silica to distribute Alliance Memory Solutions in EMEA Region

Semiconductor specialist Avnet Memec - Silica has expanded its franchise portfolio to include Alliance Memory. Building on the success of their partnership with Avnet in North America and Asia, Alliance Memory's entire line-up of SRAMs and DRAMs is now distributed throughout the EMEA region by Avnet Memec - Silica through its offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Alliance Memory manufactures a complete line of DRAMs and SRAMs, including 3.3V and 5V fast asynchronous SRAMs with speeds from 10ns to 20ns; low-power devices with densities from 64Kb to 32Mb; and 2.5V and 3.3V ZBT/Sync pipelined burst (SPB)/Sync burst (SB) products. The company's offering of synchronous DRAMs (SDRAM) includes devices with densities from 16Mb to 512Mb, including components recently discontinued by Micron Semiconductor; mobile low-power SDRAMs for portable devices; and high-speed CMOS double data rate (DDR), DDR2, and DDR3 SDRAMs in a wide range of options.

"Avnet has been one of the most trusted names in the electronics industry for more than half a century and its global reach in the electronics supply chain is second to none," said David Bagby, president and CEO of Alliance Memory. "The company has played a key role in raising the profile of our legacy IC solutions within the North American and Asia markets, and we can't wait to extend that success to the EMEA region, where we expect to grow our customer base across a number of industries."

"To eliminate costly redesigns, there is a high demand across the world for legacy memory solutions, especially DRAMs," said Mario Orlandi, president of Avnet Memec - Silica. "Alliance Memory has made significant additions to its portfolio in anticipation of this demand, and with the company's solutions in our line-up, we've been able to meet the market need in North America and Asia. We’re now looking forward to providing greater access to these solutions globally."

Ingram Micro continues expansion with new cloud marketplace in India

India: as cloud computing continues to grow across the Asia Pacific region, broadliner Ingram Micro has announced the availability of the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in the country. Now offered in five countries throughout the Asia Pacific region and 17 countries worldwide, the Cloud Marketplace is quickly gaining widespread traction in India with nearly 200 channel partners already registered and ready to transact on the automated platform. The mounting excitement for the Cloud Marketplace is a true testament to the growing interest and demand for cloud computing in the region.

Initially featuring Microsoft Office 365 through the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, the automated Cloud Marketplace empowers channel partners to quickly grow their cloud business by bundling their own cloud services and consolidating invoicing. In addition, channel partners can now seamlessly convert Microsoft Advisor subscriptions to the CSP program on the Cloud Marketplace. The service plan supports the rapid adoption of Microsoft CSP and allows channel partners to own the complete customer subscription lifecycle while recognizing topline revenue.

According to IDC, demand for cloud services in India is growing at a rapid pace. Public cloud services are currently valued in 2015 at €400m, and are expected to grow to €1b by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.6%.

"With cloud adoption growing steadily in India, we are pleased to deliver the platform, innovative solutions and expertise needed to support cloud business transformation," said Jaishankar Krishnan, Sr. Vice President & Chief Executive, Ingram Micro India. "The availability of the Cloud Marketplace empowers channel partners to lift their customers' businesses to the cloud while growing their own profitability and cloud presence."

The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that allows channel partners to transform and grow their business by offering instant access to a wide range of innovative cloud solutions from a single online console. Through its automated platform, the Cloud Marketplace delivers streamlined customer management of the complete cloud subscription lifecycle.

"Cloud adoption in India is growing in triple digit percentage year-over-year. We launched the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program earlier this year to help SMBs become more competitive with enterprise-grade technology and value-added services from Microsoft cloud. We feel it is important to understand the specific requirements and challenges that SMBs face and help them adopt the cloud in a manner that is financially viable and beneficial for their business", said Meetul Patel, General Manager, SMS&P Business, Microsoft India. "We are excited to be a part of the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in India and look forward to helping both partners and customers get the best that cloud has to offer."

Along with the Cloud Marketplace, Ingram Micro offers additional cloud services and programs designed to further drive channel partner success, including Ingram Micro Cloud Ignite Services, which has been designed to assist channel partners with the data migration and on-boarding needs of their customers, as well as providing free customer service for all cloud solutions purchased on the Cloud Marketplace.

"Ingram Micro has simplified our transformation to the cloud, providing the support needed to uncover new business opportunities and revenue," said Anurag Gupta, Director of Total Application Software. "Through the Cloud Marketplace's automated platform and streamlined processes, we are able to effectively grow our cloud business while delivering greater value to our customers."

The Cloud Marketplace is now available in 17 countries worldwide including, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, United States and now, India. To ensure successful business transactions across the globe, the Cloud Marketplace provides multi-language and multi-currency support.

DISTREE EMEA announces partnership with start-ups rating agency Early Metrics
DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has announced an event partnership with start-up rating agency Early Metrics. The alliance between the two organisations will give start-up and early stage companies in the consumer technology space access to professional analysis of their business. DISTREE EMEA, the region's leading independent consumer technology channel event, takes place in Monaco from February 24-27th 2016. Alexandra Sinson, Event Director for DISTREE EMEA, said: "Product lifecycles in the consumer technology space are getting faster and faster. The journey from start-up to 'must have' product can be rapid with crowdfunding and new channel models accelerating the process. DISTREE EMEA is a gateway for hardware start-ups looking to enter the region. The partnership with Early Metrics is another value-add for exhibitors that choose to use the service." All participating start-ups and early stage brands participating at DISTREE EMEA will have the opportunity to apply for an in-depth analysis by Early Metrics. A maximum of 12 companies will be selected from those that apply to take part. The process is conducted by experts through a series of high value-added interviews with senior company executives. The result is a full review that offers an external and objective review of each company's strengths and weaknesses. The reports produced by Early Metrics are also used by investors, venture capitalists and blue chip companies looking to discover new opportunities in the hardware start-up scene. The analysis of each company is private information and is only shared with potential investors and third parties with permission from the start-up involved. Sébastien Paillet, Founder at Early Metrics, commented: "We're delighted to be associated with DISTREE EMEA 2016. Tomorrow, collaborating with start-ups will become a 'must' for global companies who will need to find new ways to innovate." "The event will be a way to promote great innovative start-ups of the industry and offer them visibility. It will also be an opportunity to drive more visibility among potential investors and interested parties about our range of solutions to help them find the best start-ups of tomorrow to collaborate with," Sébastien Paillet added. With more than 150 consumer technology brands set to attend DISTREE EMEA 2016, the Early Metrics analysis service will provide deep insight for many of the start-ups attending. Early Metrics will also hold a workshop session during DISTREE EMEA 2016, outlining its methodology and the benefits of its open innovation services to retailers. Sinson added: "DISTREE EMEA has a proud tradition of helping new consumer technology brands make an impact in the region and build routes-to-market. Through this partnership with Early Metrics, these brands can access a valuable service that will enhance their long-term business prospects worldwide and also raise their profile with the global investment community."

Avnet announces VP for Core Suppliers and Technology Groups, EMEA

Multispecialist Avnet has appointed Marcus Adä to the newly created position of vice president for core suppliers and technology groups for the Technology Solutions operating group (TS) in the EMEA region. Adä reports to Graeme Watt, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA.

In this role, Adä's primary responsibility is to strengthen the relationships with Avnet Technology Solutions key suppliers in EMEA and drive business development in the company's focus technology areas. He will work closely with Dieter Lott, Avnet vice president of strategic development and planning for TS EMEA, who is responsible for the strategic imperatives pertaining to next-generation technologies, high-growth customer segments and IT services.

Watt said, "Marcus's appointment creates incremental bandwidth and emphasis to align with our core suppliers and co-ordinate sales programs and business development initiatives through the EMEA region. In parallel, the appointment enables us to further focus on customers, particularly in high-growth segments, and deliver a clear value proposition around our solutions and services for next-generation technologies. Marcus is highly regarded in the IT distribution market and we welcome him as an integral member of the Avnet TS EMEA executive team."

Adä has worked in the IT industry for 25 years with a strong sales emphasis on value-add and solutions distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was previously managing director at Tech Data Germany and most recently, Ingram Micro's vice president central region. He is based in Munich, Germany.


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