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Avnet extends cash offer to acquire Premier Farnell

Multispecialist Avnet has reached agreement with the Board of Directors of Premier Farnell plc (“Premier Farnell”), the maker of the Raspberry Pi, on the terms of a recommended offer for Premier Farnell by Avnet or one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The all-cash offer of €2.24 per share represents an equity value of approximately €836m and a 12.1% premium over the previous offer of €2 per share by Datwyler Technical Components UK. Headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom, Premier Farnell is a global distributor of electronic components and related products delivering engineering solutions to the electronic system design community utilizing multi-channel sales and marketing resources. The transaction is intended to be effected by means of an English court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement and is subject to satisfaction or waiver of several conditions, including the approval of Premier Farnell shareholders and the court, receipt of regulatory approvals in the European Union, United States and Israel, and other customary conditions.

"This acquisition will significantly strengthen Avnet's digital footprint worldwide. The convergence of Premier Farnell's innovative online services with Avnet's world class supply chain will create customer service unparalleled in the industry", said William Amelio, interim Chief Executive Officer of Avnet. "The talented team of people at Premier Farnell will allow Avnet to enhance our customer experience and accelerate our global growth."

Upon completion, the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings even before considering positive effects from any synergies realized, and supports Avnet's return on capital goals.

"Premier Farnell will bolster our strategy to provide a differentiated digital experience from product ideation through its lifecycle. Premier Farnell's customers gain access to an extensive suite of supply chain services allowing them to ramp new products to production volumes. Our customers will be able to do more technical research online through the services provided by Premier Farnell", said Gerry Fay, President of Avnet's Electronics Marketing, Worldwide "Bringing these two companies together allows us to capture market share earlier in the design process. In addition to deepening our customer base, this acquisition will enhance our go-to-market strategy as we target the industrial Internet of Things with edge-to-enterprise products and solutions."

ABO-Storage hires a new account manager

Switzerland: storage VAD ABO-Storage has hired Stefanie Fritschi from Netapp as new account manager. She will, without surprise, focus on the Netapp business of the distributor (source: Inside Channels Schweiz).

Nelro Data on the move with Huawei

Poland: retail specialist Nelro Data has added Huawei mobile 4G and LTE routers to its portfolio (source: CRN Polska).

RAH Infotech partners with Data Resolve to offer cybersecurity solutions

India: network and security VAD RAH Infotech has inked a partnership with Data Resolve, an emerging player in the area of corporate cybersecurity and intelligence. Dhruv Khanna, CEO, Data Resolve Technologies, said "we are focused on addressing issues related to corporate fraud, data leak and employee productivity with security analytics via end point protection with a single client single server Architecture, from in-premise and on-cloud platforms. And with the newly formed association with RAH Infotech, we are positive that our business will reach newer heights. They clearly are leaders in value added distribution and solutions provider in the Network and Security domain."

The constant barrage of cyber-attacks and threats has created a need to prevent data leak attempts from inside and outside the organization. Although many solutions are available in the market today that focus on preventing data leakage but they fail to launch attempts to inhibit internal digital impendence before it consumes the entire organizations' resource.

Ashok Kumar, chief executive officer at RAH Infotech, said, "Data Resolve Technologies is in the prime business of providing detailed real-time information on data leakage reducing the business risks and protecting data from insider threats throughout its lifecycle. The core concept behind their technology is to help organizations detect human behaviour well before incidents occur including time spent by end users in productive and unproductive work, sensitive online searches and chats among the peers. We are delighted to be associated with Data Resolve and are looking forward taking their solutions to our customers." (source: Channel Times India).

Vormetric and Arrow ECS sign distribution deal

Vormetric, a Thales company, and specialist in enterprise data protection for physical, virtual, big data, and cloud environments, has unveiled a UK and Ireland distribution agreement with infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS. As Vormetric continues its exponential EMEA growth, this deal will enable the Irish and British arms of Arrow ECS to offer the Vormetric Data Protection Platform of products.

With a recent study – by analyst firm 451 Research – showing that 91% of organisations still feel vulnerable to data threats, there is a clear demand for technology solutions that provide enterprises with assurances over the security of their data. Vormetric's distribution agreement with Arrow ECS, which includes Arrow ECS services to support the sales and after-sales process, will make it easier for companies to adopt the Vormetric Data Protection Platform of products; ensuring that no matter how or where information exists on systems it remains secure.

"The distribution deal with Arrow ECS comes at an important juncture for Vormetric, as we continue to grow our business in the UK and Ireland", said Chris Smith, EMEA Channel Director at Vormetric. "Arrow ECS' experience in the cyber security arena and ability to recognise partners who have the skill and expertise to take solutions, like those of Vormetric's, to market will enable more organisations to take advantage of our technology."

Vormetric's comprehensive high performance, seamless and scalable data security platform can help companies confidently secure data wherever it resides. Advanced transparent encryption, powerful access controls, and centralised key management lets organisations encrypt everything efficiently – with minimal disruption. Regardless of content, database, or application—whether physical, virtual, or in the cloud—Vormetric Data Protection enables confidence, speed, and trust by encrypting the data that builds businesses.

"As a leading provider of integrated security solutions we fully recognise the importance of data security for companies facing up to the current climate of cybercrime", said John Dams, Managing Director for Security and Networking, at Arrow ECS. "Our commitment to providing our customers with the very best state-of-the-art security products makes Vormetric a perfect fit for our comprehensive portfolio of enterprise security solutions."

Recent additions

Our directory is updated daily through information sent by vendors and distributors. Here are the latest updates :
Luckystar Computers (I) Pvt Ltd -  India - Specialist
Netsafe Solutions Hravtska d.o.o. -  Croatia - VAD
Netsafe Solutions Bulgaria e.o.o.d. -  Bulgaria - VAD
Netsafe Solutions Srl -  Romania - VAD
Arrow ECS Slovakia s r.o. -  Slovakia - VAD
Share Distribuzione Srl -  Italy - VAD
Ignition Technology Sub-Saharan Africa -  South Africa - VAD
Ignition Technology ME -  United Arab Emirates - VAD
Ignition Technology France -  France - VAD
Kosmotech (KSM YuA TOV) -  Ukraine - Specialist

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