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Toshiba grabs MERA awards

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Computer Systems Division, through its channel manager, Rachielle Araga, bagged an award for the second consecutive year at the Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) 2011 Awards. Araga won as the UAE Retail Account Manager of the Year where the prestigious award giving body acknowledges the exemplary performance and achievements of vendors and retailers in the IT and consumer electronics sector. Winners of the MERA 2011 Awards were announced recently in Fujairah, UAE, as part of the Digital Consumer Channel Middle East and Africa (DCC MEA) event. The winners were chosen based on the citations in MERA Monthly Monitor Report and votes from vendor and retail executives.

3W Networks establishes 3W Technomatic

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3W Networks, a telecoms and security systems integrator operating in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions has signed a joint venture agreement with Technomatic GmbH, a German-based automation engineering services to set-up a new company. The new company, 3W Technomatic will be headquartered in Dubai. 3W Technomatic will provide advanced automation solutions to the various industrial sectors in Middle East and Africa. The company's capabilities will include process engineering, process control, instrumentation, electrical, safety, software development and management Services for the oil and gas, power, water and infrastructure sectors.

Shastech to distribute Belkin in KSA

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Belkin strengthens is position further with the appoint of Shastech as its authorized distributor in KSA and under this new partnership, Shastech will be servicing both the Retail and SMB sectors across the KSA market. "We are looking forward to working closely with Shastech to further support our active regional expansion. The key components to partnering with Shastech were based on their solid experience and successful history in KSA, good channel presence and relationships in both the retail and SMB sector, well determined and effective logistics solutions as well as a team that understands the KSA market very well," said, Youssef El-Arif, National Account Manager MEA, Belkin Ltd.

SonicWALL solutions enhance bandwidth by 75% for Al Rajhi Holding

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Al Rajhi Holding, a diversified business conglomerate with operations spread in Saudi Arabia and UAE, secured and integrated its wide area network (WAN), using SonicWALL’s Network Security Appliance (NSA) series. The Group, with distributed server assets across various locations: Jeddah, Jubail, Dammam and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia; and Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah in the UAE, sought to gain enhanced returns on its technology investments by better controlling the cumbersome and expensive maintenance and upkeep of hard-ware and network infrastructure.

Network Platforms brings in DrayTek Triple-WAN router

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Network Platforms, the distributors for the advanced DrayTek product range in Southern Africa, announced the release of the DrayTek Vigor 2830 Series ADSL Router Firewall. The series provides users with secure uptime and greater bandwidth capacity through triple connections, as well as tough security features. Bradley Love, MD, Network Platforms, said, “One of the main functions of this series is its ability to handle three WAN connections to enhance your Internet connectivity.

Trend Micro joins HP AllianceOne

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Trend Micro announced that its Deep Security software is now validated in the HP Cloud Operating Environment (CLOE), part of the AllianceONE partner program. CLOE provides partners with highly automated, secure, self-service access to virtual machines, with which partners can test, port, debug, verify and tune applications on multiple platforms and configurations. This significantly reduces the risk to customers for deploying joint solutions in a virtualized environment.

HTC makes Flyer Tablet available in UAE

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HTC announced the availability of HTC Flyer Tablet across all leading retail stores in the UAE. The HTC Flyer equipped with HTC Scribe technology which comes with a 32 GB internal storage, two cameras and two speakers. It features an upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps. It has a high‐speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities and it supports countless video formats. It features Adobe Flash support, multi‐window browsing with pinch to zoom, and a clever quick look‐up that lets you tap into Wikipedia, Youtube and other web resources.

Logitech unveils multi Touch Lapdesk

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Logitech has unveiled the Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600, featuring a large touchpad that makes it easier than ever to point, scroll and swipe your way through the Web. "We've seen people using everything from pillows to pets to shield their laps from the heat their laptops generate, " says Yousif Atwan, Logitech regional director Middle East and Africa. "Our lapdesks are much more effective and, with the addition of a multi-touch touchpad, you'll get the added capability to more easily move through your favorite content without attaching additional peripherals."

EMPA Middle East to distribute WinSoft

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Software publisher WinSoft International has teamed up with EMPA Middle East to make its range of Serif products available to Middle East channel partners and users. The agreement signed between WinSoft International and EMPA Middle East will combine WinSoft International's software localisation expertise with the reach of EMPA’s regional distribution network. Hadi Shaheen, WinSoft International's regional manager for the Middle East says as the company is focusing on consolidating its distribution strategy and harmonising the Middle East retail channel with the new range of software from Serif, it is imperative that WinSoft choose a regional distributor with a proven track record.

VIVA partners with Bahrain's Apple premium reseller

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Bahrain based VIVA has launched special offers through the first Apple Premium Reseller "iMachines" in Bahrain which will be officially launched on 9th June 2011. "We are very excited to see iMachines and VIVA team up. This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give our customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape,” Sofyan Almoayed, managing director of iMachines. The new store which will be located in Seef Mall is completely designed at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, and is considered the first Apple Premium Reseller version II in the region.

SentryBay partners with J2 Software to expand in Africa

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Global software security specialist, SentryBay, through its African distributor Romar, partnered with local data security solutions provider J2 Software, to expand its footprint in Africa. SentryBay will provide its patented identity theft solutions to key partners, who will in turn offer access to large networks of customers, employees, etc. Its solutions provide added value to the users in these networks, and significant revenue-generating opportunities for the partner.

Infor unveils its new channel program

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Infor unveiled its new channel program called Infor Partner Network (IPN), a global network of people, systems and services designed to deliver the highest quality support for channel partners. Infor partners will benefit from the program’s highly competitive commission rates, new performance bonuses, a comprehensive training and certification program, and a Market Development Funding (MDF) program geared towards helping partners invest back into their businesses. Jeff Abbott, Infor’s Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels, set a goal to double Infor’s channel revenue over the next three years and the IPN is a key enabler of that aggressive growth.