South Africa based leading IT distributor, LOOPHOLD Security Distribution launched SonicWALL’s WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) Series, an extension of the current SonicWALL next-generation firewall (NGFW) suite. The SonicWALL WXA Series consists of the WXA 5000 virtual appliance, the WXA 2000 and WXA 4000 hardware appliances and the WXA 500 Live CD. WXA series allow businesses to select the right deployment solution for their network. It also significantly improves WAN performance between regional and branch offices, and reduces traffic by up to 95% besides providing faster access to mission-critical applications, resulting in increased employee productivity.

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AOC, a global provider of display panels recently organised its global distributor meet dubbed “Go 2011” in Xiamen, China. The event which was attended by C.H. Tuan, president, AOC worldwide showcased the vendor’s new products and channel roadmap of 2011 to 100 distributors coming from various parts of globe. Delivering his keynote address, Tuan outlined that despite a global slump in monitor sales in 2010, AOC not only exceeded expectations, but also achieved a 60% increase in monitor sales, resulting in16million units being sold. He told delegates at the distributor event that AOC has aggressively expanded its brand globally and is astonished at the growth levels the company has achieved in Asia, Middle East and Europe.
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Western Digital recently appointed Rectron, a South African based broadline distributor to market, sell and support the vendor’s range of external retail hard drives in South Africa; an initiative likely to catapult WD to one of South Africa’s top two players in the computer storage market.
“This appointment validates our efforts and dedication to building strong relationships with all our partners, and is a reflection of our leadership in the South African distribution space,” says Elaine Wang, Rectron business manager.

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South Africa based First Technology, an authorised Adobe reseller, is beefing up its Adobe technical capability with the establishment of a development division focusing on Adobe solutions. Complementing its enhanced focus on Adobe, First Technology is also an accredited Adobe Silver Partner and is a preferred Software Asset Management Partner.

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Brocade, the leader in fabric-based data center architectures, recently announced that its OEM partners, including EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP and IBM, have agreed to support their new next-generation Fibre Channel technologies which will help the enterprise customers migrate smoothly to private cloud architectures. Brocade today announced world’s first fabric-based, end-to-end networking solutions based on industry-leading 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel technologies.
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NVIDIA announced today that it has agreed to acquire Icera, a leading innovator of top-performing baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets. Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. By combining the companies’ products and technologies, including NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, NVIDIA will enhance its position as a leading player in the growing mobile market.

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Microsoft Corp and Skype Global S.à r.l have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, a global Internet communications company, for US$8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype. The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.Read More…

SanDisk the global leader in flash memory cards, has moved to take full advantage of the exponential growth in mobile phone usage on the African continent and has invested resources and marketing assets to support and complement this growth. “Africa is currently the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world. Mobile phone penetration rates represent a great opportunity for flash memory on the continent.

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Emitac Distribution recently announced that it has signed as an distribution agreement with Azeti Networks, the germany based IT infrastructure monitoring specialist. Under the terms of deal, Emitac Distribution will distribute entire portfolio of IT infrastructure monitoring solutions from Azeti in the region. Azeti specializes in products to monitor and test network infrastructure, server systems and applications. Emitac will offer support for Azeti’s business in the region, and will also help to provide brand awareness with its reseller network. Read More…

“TechnoGirls 2011” a one-day event conducted third year in succession recently under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Women’s College. The main aim of “TechnoGirls 2011” is to increase the engagement of girls with technology and exposing them to the various career opportunities available in the high-tech industry.
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Seagate recently unveiled the world’s first 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter, breaking the 1TB areal density barrier to help meet explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. Seagate’s GoFlex Desk products are the first to feature the new hard drive, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch, the industry’s highest. Seagate is on track to ship its flagship 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TBs of storage on 3 disk platters – enough capacity to store up to 120 high-definition movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or virtually countless hours of digital music – to the distribution channel in mid-2011. The drive will also be available in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB.

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Kaspersky recently announced the appointment of Scope Information Systems (Scope), a leading systems integrator and technology solutions provider, as a value added distributor for its products in the Levant region. The new move is expected increase Kaspersky Lab’s penetration in specially in most challenging markets in the region like Iraq, Syria and Palestine and spread its reach in rest of the Levant. Scope will also support the development of Kaspersky Lab’s corporate business in the Levant countries and play a key role in developing small and medium businesses in the region through recruiting additional resellers from their existing channel partners.Read More…