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, 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 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 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 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."
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.
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.
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 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.
Art of Colors (AOC), a global provider of monitors has expanded its footprint on the African continent with the appointment of Arabian Computer Centre (ACC) as its authorised distributor for Sudan. The move is part of its growth strategy in Africa and comes after AOC successfully launched the brand in Egypt and South Africa. Omer Abulgassim, managing director at ACC, says AOC is one of the top monitor brands in the world which not only offers a wide range but also provides the value for money LCD/LED monitors.
Samsung Electronics, a global provider of digital media and digital convergence technologies has unveiled the RF712 3D notebook. The notebook features a large 17.3" screen and Full HD SuperBright Plus Display, which delivers 400nit brightness and is up to 80% brighter than a normal notebook. So it overcomes the darkness and narrow feeling of normal 3D notebooks. The high performance graphics processing of a 2GB AMD Radeon HD6650M card and the powerful sound of its Enhanced Acoustic Chamber System with SRS 3D Sound also mean that even the most demanding multimedia applications will run flawlessly on the RF712.
Xerox Emirates (XEM), an enterprise business processing and document management services company recently held a channel strategy event, themed “Xerox Night of Magic Under the Stars”. The event was organised to communicate XEM’s channel strategy for 2011 and share the value proposition as to “why Xerox” and key priorities for expanding its channel network and increasing market share. Andrew Hurt, General Manager, Xerox Emirates says the company’s vision is what sets it apart from its competitors and creates dynamic relationships with resellers and positions XEM as the number one choice within the markets that it serves.