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APTEC appoints Applied Security

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Aptec Holdings, a technology solutions distributor in the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey & Africa, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Applied Security (Apsec), an IT security solutions vendor specialising in PKI solutions, encryption and digital signature.

Avnet has new EMEA president

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Following the completion of Avnet’s acquisition of Bell Microproducts (Bell Micro), the IT solutions distributor has named Graeme Watt as the president for its Avnet Technology Solutions business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Avaya names new channel leader

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Avaya has appointed Tarek Hassaniyeh as regional channel leader for the emerging markets. Hassaniyeh takes over the regional channel responsibilities from Roger El Tawil, former director of channel and marketing for Avaya in the Middle East and now MD for Avaya in the Gulf and Pakistan.

Brocade has new EMEA sales head

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IP and SAN solutions vendor Brocade has appointed long-time networking executive, Alberto Soto, to lead the sales organisation for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) geography effective July 1, 2010. Soto will replace Ulrich Plechschmidt, who will be moving to Brocade’s corporate headquarters in San Jose to lead the Global Sales Enablement and the OEM Marketing departments. Previous to Brocade, Soto was VP and GM of HP ProCurve EMEA, a position he assumed in late 2006. At Brocade, Soto […]

Netgear eyes KSA growth

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Netgear, a provider of technologically advanced, branded networking and storage products, is eyeing a 10% growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year, as the company anticipates increased activity from its customer base in the Kingdom’s ever-growing small and medium businesses (SMB) sector. In line with this, the company is planning to roll out a nationwide expansion and awareness campaign in KSA, which remains the largest IT market in the Gulf, posing strong potential to hit US$3.7 billion in […]

Alcatel-Lucent unveils CPP

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Alcatel-Lucent has officially launched its new Converged Partner Programme (CPP) for enterprises in the Middle East. According to the vendor, CPP is a major evolution of the Alcatel-Lucent partnership programme for resellers addressing the enterprise communication market. This new programme offers a flexible and consistent framework for Alcatel-Lucent partners making it easier for them and their customers to leverage Alcatel-Lucent products and solutions. In addition, the CPP has been designed to add value to end-users through improved certification, solution specialisations […]

AOC appoints Fire Bird

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Display panels vendor AOC has continued its growth with the expansion of its operations to CIS with the appointment of Fire Bird Distribution FZE as its authorised distributor for CIS Central Asia region. In terms of the agreement, Fire Bird will distribute the complete range of display products covering Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Brian Liu, VP Sales – MEA & CIS, Central Asia, AOC said, after witnessing exponential growth in the Middle East & Africa region, AOC […]

Symantec completes acquisition of PGP, GuardianEdge

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IT security vendor Symantec has announced it has completed its acquisition of PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge, two privately-held companies in the email and data encryption markets. The acquisition agreements between Symantec and PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge were announced on April 29, 2010. These acquisitions extend Symantec’s ability to help customers secure and manage their most critical information. By bringing together PGP and GuardianEdge’s standards-based encryption capabilities for smartphones, full-disk, email, file, folder and removable media with Symantec’s endpoint security and […]