Tech Data has launched MIIMETIQ EDGE, an all-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) development platform that enables systems integrators and service providers to jumpstart their IoT projects. MIIMETIQ EDGE, which has been developed in collaboration with Dell and IoT technology partner NEXIONA, is available as an integrated solution with the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series for rapid IoT framework development—from proof of concept to enterprise deployment. The solutions are immediately available in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, with global deployment beginning in 2017. They are being presented in each country by the local teams, specifically hired to develop this business, such as Christophe Fortuné in France.
MIIMETIQ EDGE is part of the new SmartForce Internet of Things (IoT) lineup offered by Tech Data’s Smart IoT Solutions practice. The SmartForce offering comprises a portfolio of validated end-to-end solutions for partners to quickly realize the benefits of bringing new digital services like predictive maintenance, asset and fleet management, and intelligent shopping to market in segments such as smart manufacturing, smart transportation and logistics, smart retail, and smart spaces. Victor Paradell, vice president, Smart IoT Solutions at Tech Data, said: "Gartner Inc. forecasts that 5.5 million new things will get connected every day in 2016, with IoT supporting total services spending of €212B, up 22% from last year. In this context of rapid growth, our goal is to help partners targeting the mid-market, as millions of small and medium-sized enterprises begin to adopt these IoT solutions through smaller-scale sensor deployments. With SmartForce, solution providers can spark innovation by getting access to Tech Data's partner ecosystem across the technology stack."
Dermot O’Connell, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions at Dell EMC EMEA, said: "we are delighted to work with Tech Data and NEXIONA on this innovative SmartForce IoT solution portfolio. We speak with customers across a range of sectors, and many organizations are currently at the proof of concept (POC) stage in their journey to transform their business—and keen to take advantage of megatrends like digitization and IoT. These validated end-to-end solutions from a trusted brand such as Tech Data will be a huge catalyst to accelerate this transformation.”"
The Dell Edge Gateway, powered by Intel processor technology, brings the power of analytics to the edge of the IoT network, reducing the time and cost associated with transferring non-essential data to the cloud or data center. The Dell Edge Gateway is flexible, connects both legacy and modern sensors and devices, and can be customized for various commercial use cases. NEXIONA MIIMETIQ LITE allows system integrators and service providers to rapidly and easily design, prototype, and commercialize their own industrial IoT applications by simplifying the secure connection to physical devices and the management of all sensor data. MIIMETIQ LITE supports more than 60 machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT protocols and communication technologies, including MQTT, CoAP, Sigfox, HTTP, TCP, and UDP. MIIMETIG LITE is built on a flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) that fully integrates with IBM Watson IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub cloud services.
"We are very excited to launch MIIMETIQ EDGE in cooperation with Dell and Tech Data. This ground-breaking new product opens up the IoT opportunity for systems integrators, with a ready-made solution for creating a scalable and highly flexible connected environment", said Jaume Rey, chief executive officer of NEXIONA. "MIIMETIQ EDGE allows systems integrators and end users to own and operate their own platforms, enabling a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise hosting, while removing the dependence on a single supplier. We see it as a game-changer, offering an adaptable and affordable solution which addresses the growing demand for multiple small-scale IoT implementations in the SMB segment", added Rey.
Middle East: on the 2016 edition of the GITEX IT event, Saudi telecom operator STC has unveiled a partnership with network and telecom VAD AlJammaz Distribution. This agreement enables STC Business to establish reseller community and recruit IT channel in Saudi to market and sell STC Business products and services and have a market coverage to reach all customers specially the SMEs around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On GITEC too, automated IT service delivery editor RES has selected network and storage VAD Mindware as its main distributor in the Middle East to accelerate its growth in the market. Through this partnership, Mindware will provide training and support to RES resellers in the Middle East (through its offices in Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia) to ensure companies optimise the benefits from its RES solutions implementation. "At Mindware, we are committed to partnering with the industry-leading brands to offer a one-stop-shop for world-class innovation coupled with the essential value-added consultancy and support services", said Nicholas Argyrides, Chief of Sales and Marketing and Deputy GM, Mindware. "Our collaboration with RES is a strategic addition to our portfolio, taking our business into the field of digital workspace enablement, automation and security, allowing us to offer exactly the right solutions for these customers."
Broadliner Redington has announced an distribution agreement between its Value division and Splunk, a provider of software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Redington Value will distribute Splunk products through its extensive network of channel partners to enterprise and government customers throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Africa thanks to its offices in Angola, Bahrain, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and its Dubai-based office covering the remaining countries of Africa. "Redington Value is excited to announce its distribution partnership with Splunk. The Splunk Platform delivers real-time Operational Intelligence, which is essential for businesses needing to make analytics-based decisions. With data being generated everywhere, from the IT estate to the Internet of Things, it has become increasingly important to monitor, analyze and drive value from data. Our collaboration with Splunk represents a strategic addition to our existing portfolio and supports one of our key initiatives: enabling the channel to provide cutting-edge technology to the market", said Ramkumar Balakrishnan, President, Redington Value. "Splunk is pleased to work with Redington Value, one of the leading distributors in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa", said Cheryln Chin, Vice President, Global Partners, Splunk. "Redington Value's regional experience, technical expertise and strong relationships across our ecosystem will help organizations leverage machine data for deeper IT and business insights.". The distributor has also launched Uniplum, a new consulting arm that aims to enhance its partners' capabilities in transformation technologies such as cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and digital disruptions. Uniplum consists of a team of technologists and problem solvers from different verticals and solutions with an ability to inform, explore and confirm decisions, solve complex problems and bring new ideas into the market. An integral part of Redington Value, the new division aims to provide consulting on new technology and solutions for numerous verticals and help partners to sell those solutions.
Finally, security VAD StarLink has unveiled its new Vertical Security Trend Matrix. The StarLink Vertical Security Trend Matrix provides Security leaders in the key verticals of Government, Telco, Oil & Gas and Banking, insight into how the latest IT Security trends cater to the respective industries, in order to address today's compliance and next-generation threat protection requirements. The top 5 IT Security trends are namely, Behavioral Analytics, Internet of Things, Cloud, Mobile and Incident Response. "In an attempt to keep up with new and increasing threats to enterprise and government entities, traditional approaches to IT security have limited impact. Even though companies are dedicating more resources to IT security and risk, attacks and vulnerabilities are increasing in frequency and sophistication", said Avinash Advani, VP Business Strategy at StarLink. He added: "So the solution to the problem is to evaluate and invest in next-generation IT security technologies, to keep up with the pace of innovation, and simultaneously with the evolution of cyber-threats."
Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled enhancements to StreamOne, the company's platform that powers its award-winning Cloud Solutions Store. StreamOne, which enables partners to offer and scale cloud and subscription services, now features an analytics dashboard that displays real-time Microsoft Azure consumption and launches proactive notifications when usage charges exceed set thresholds. The enhancements will be available to solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs) in the United States and Europe.
"Tech Data is the first distributor to offer this kind of insight into Microsoft Azure", said John Tonnison, executive vice president, Cloud Computing and chief information officer at Tech Data. "These enhancements deliver on our commitment to enabling our solution providers to lead with, support and manage Azure subscriptions. With the new monitoring and budgeting capabilities, we are giving our solution providers better visibility to manage and monitor their clients' consumption and mitigate credit risk."
Tech Data's StreamOne platform is more deeply integrating with Microsoft Azure, offering solution providers and MSPs visibility into aggregate Azure consumption by customer tenant. The dashboard will provide details around Azure usage, monthly tracking and usage predictions, and overall budget and credit limits. In July, Tech Data announced enhancements to StreamOne that enable solution providers to launch a private label cloud store or integrate Tech Data Cloud services into an existing e-commerce environment. Tech Data Cloud has also recently delivered APIs to validate Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) identification and existing Cloud Service Provider (CSP) tenants, improving processes to migrate customers from Microsoft's Advisor and Open programs to Microsoft CSP. Tech Data Cloud offers solution providers and MSPs the capabilities needed to capitalize on cloud opportunities in the marketplace, including the tools to optimize and transform their businesses. The Tech Data Cloud team offers education, marketing, business planning, demand creation, sales training and services to enable partners to successfully sell cloud products and solutions.
ALSO and Innovix form strategic partnership
Broadliner ALSO and Innovix Distribution have agreed on a strategic partnership to bring a wide range of local and global vertical-focused cloud services to SMB and Enterprise customers in South-East Asia and Hong Kong. Both companies are joining forces to make the ALSO Cloud Marketplace platform available to 5,500 of Innovix's channel partners starting in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, with plans to expand further in the region. The partnership provides ALSO with the opportunity to expand services from its catalogue to Innovix's customers. Right from the start, well-known international cloud service providers and local vertical-focused ISVs will have a new platform to offer a broad range of services.
"This partnership is an important milestone for ALSO in our strategic effort to expand business opportunities with our partners in dynamic new regions. We already serve 15 markets in Europe directly and 15 more through our partners in the UK (Westcoast) and the Middle-East (Logicom). Our partnership with Innovix will expand our footprint even further", said Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG.
"Innovix is accelerating its cloud services offering to serve an expanding list of partners, including ISVs, hosters and managed service providers. The strategic partnership with ALSO provides us with a world-class cloud marketplace platform that will enable us to provide exceptional customer experience to our partners. We look forward to working together with ALSO to expand our renowned service and product offerings", said Edmand Cheung, Group Managing Director of Innovix Distribution.
Mobile accessories specialist STRAX has expanded its existing brand portfolio with two new brands, avo+ and FLAVR.
Designed as an entry-level brand, avo+ combines quality, versatility and functionality whilst still delivering excellent value for money. High-quality audio products such as Bluetooth headphones, speakers and hands-free solutions, sit alongside power banks, charge and sync cables, in-car holders and various charging adaptors in a broad line of mobile accessories. Inspired by today's youth, FLAVR targets the more fashion-conscious consumer. This is reflected in the new FLAVR case and mobile accessory range, which embodies the latest design trends and styles. The first collection has been tailored to the most popular mobile devices, such as the iPhone 6 and 6s and the upcoming iPhone 7.
STRAX Managing Director Gudmundur Palmason commented: "we have reinforced our market position by launching our new avo+ and FLAVR brands. These proprietary brands will play an important role in our long-term product strategy. These new, clearly positioned brands will target market segments with high sales potential to hone the company's competitive edge across the entire brand portfolio."
STRAX has spent a considerable amount of time in ensuring the packaging for both avo+ and FLAVR brands is both innovative and enticing to the target consumer. The FLAVR Christmas cases will be packaged in the shape of a Christmas card or stocking, which can be hung in store on a specially constructed Christmas tree. New products from FLAVR and avo+ are immediately available to purchase in selected retailers across the EMEA region, through STRAX office in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (recently opened and managed by Lofti Ben Salem) and the United Kingdom.