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Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa (WestconGroup Inc.) is a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Unified Communications & Collaboration, Networking, Mobility and Data Centre. We are working with our network of partners to transform the technology supply chain through our capabilities in Cloud, Global Deployment and Services.

Today Westcon-Comstor combines expert technical and market knowledge with industry leading partner enablement programmes. Our strength lies in our ability to deliver results together with our partners under our Westcon and Comstor brands.

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Know what you are buying – Buy genuine

Many may think they are getting the deal of a lifetime when purchasing cheaper products on the grey market. The reality is that there is a strong chance that you are losing out quite significantly on quality and service, and may even risk buying counterfeit or unlicensed products.

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Common business platform to benefit Westcon-Comstor Zambian customers

Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data centre solutions, is pleased to announce that customers in Zambia will now benefit from the global roll-out of SAP, which is today live in 54 countries.

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Netshield SA ups the local fibre game with release of QSFP28 100G compatible transceiver module range

Networking and fibre specialists looking to take their environment to the next level can now do so with the release of the Netshield QSFP 100G range of compatible transceiver modules, ideal for bandwidth intense networking environments, from Netshield South Africa a WestconGroup Southern Africa company

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Netshield South Africa helps improve longevity of your network with local availability of 40GB QSFP’s

Netshield South Africa, a WestconGroup company, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its new range of 40GB QSFP (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable) compatible transceiver modules. The devices enable customers to take advantage of a host of super-high-speed/density and low-power 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options, ideal for today’s growing data centres, distribution and high-performance networks.

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Westcon-Comstor named Ruckus Wireless’ Africa Distributor of the year FY16

Johannesburg, South Africa – 29 June 2017 - Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa the value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in security, collaboration, networking and data centre is pleased to announce that the company has for the second year running been awarded as the African Distributor of the Year (FY16) from vendor partner Ruckus Wireless.

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Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa awarded Zebra Distributor of the Year FY16

JOHANNESBURG – 4 July, 2017 – Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa, a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking, Cloud and Data Centre, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Zebra Technologies’ 2016 Distributor of the Year award for South Africa for the second year running.

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A new botnet is lurking as Hajime has 300,000 devices waiting orders

If you thought the IoT botnet Mirai was bad, Westcon-Comstor warns of Hajime, which currently has 300,000 obeying devices which is currently conquering the Internet of Things world.

Hajime is, according to Westcon-Comstor vendor partner Kaspersky “a mysterious evolving Internet of Things (IoT) malware that builds a huge peer-to-peer botnet”. Notably the botnet has of late been propagating extensively and infecting multiple devices worldwide, reports reveal that there are almost 300,000 malware-compromised devices.

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Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa Appoints CEO

JOHANNESBURG – May 25, 2017 – Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa, a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking, Cloud and Data Centre, has announced that it has appointed Rakesh Parbhoo as CEO of WestconGroup SA, effective 1st August 2017.

Parbhoo will replace Guy Whitcroft, who held a 12-month contract to fulfill the role of interim CEO of the company for the last year.

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Netshield, a WestconGroup company, introduces cost-effective WIFI IOT Multi Sensor devices that can be installed in minutes

Customers looking to dramatically simplify the installation process of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, can now take advantage of Netshield’s WIFI IOT Multi Sensor and IO modules. These devices are the perfect accompaniment to IoT environments where power and cost may be an issue, enabling customers to monitor the environmental factors of their business environment all via the cloud.

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Office workers prefer mobile over desk phones

In a recent report by Westcon-Comstor vendor partner, Avaya, workers are calling time out on “dumb phones” urging employers to allow them to make use of mobile devices.

The report, conducted by research company YouGov on behalf of Avaya, surveyed 3,000 global office workers, asking if they felt that they were equipped to work and collaborate more effectively with the tools at their current disposal.

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Westcon-Comstor Completes Business Process Improvement Programme to Sharpen Customer Focus

Global rollout brings benefits to vendor partners, solution providers

Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data centre solutions, has announced it has completed a global shared services and business process outsourcing (BPO) programme that will bring significant efficiencies, and delivers consistent and improved customer service.

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Don’t cry over data loss as a result of WannaCry if you could have prevented it

Security practitioners the world over should take a stern reality check after WannaCry ransomware hits the globe

The WannaCry ransomware cyber attack orchestrated over the weekend of the 12th of May should act as a stark reminder to companies that data backups need to be done regularly, that security solutions have to remain up to date and that user education is still a vital component of every security policy.

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Westcon-Comstor’s Global SAP Platform Brings Benefits for Vendors, Solution Providers

Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data centre solutions, today announced that its global SAP roll-out has been completed and the company is running live on the new ERP platform in 54 countries.

Westcon-Comstor first deployed SAP in the United States in 2012 and embarked upon a global expansion project in 2014, starting in New Zealand. After a three-year transformation programme, Westcon-Comstor concluded its global rollout with the implementation of its Africa businesses earlier this month, creating a single, unified SAP instance around the world.

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Netshield SA announces Data Centre in a Box now 100% IoT enabled

Netshield South Africa is pleased to announce that as a result of the finalisation of its recent developments to its Data Centre in a Box (DCiB), the self-contained cabinets (SCC) are now 100% IoT and cloud-enabled.

“The basic premise behind a PDU has expanded from what they were perceived to be in the past,” says Dreckmeyr. “Originally PDUs started out as the server cabinet equivalent of the multiplugs used in our homes. Similar to the way you would wall-mount a multiplug, PDUs are mounted in the cabinets that contain computing server and networking equipment, and offer a series of power ports to provision computing equipment with electricity.”

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Westcon-Comstor Release: Don’t skimp on power distribution units

Don’t skimp on power distribution units, Netshield a Westcon-Comstor company warns

Netshield South Africa CEO Inus Dreckmeyr has warned corporates against the false saving of buying “dumb” power distribution units (PDUs) instead of intelligent or smart PDUs.

“The basic premise behind a PDU has expanded from what they were perceived to be in the past,” says Dreckmeyr. “Originally PDUs started out as the server cabinet equivalent of the multiplugs used in our homes. Similar to the way you would wall-mount a multiplug, PDUs are mounted in the cabinets that contain computing server and networking equipment, and offer a series of power ports to provision computing equipment with electricity.”

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Westcon-Comstor partners can redefine security performance with new devices from Palo Alto Networks

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is providing reseller partners the opportunity to provide end-user customers advanced security features, at scale, following the announcement from vendor partner Palo Alto Networks that it has expanded its range of next-generation firewall devices with new hardware and virtual appliances.

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Westcon-Comstor to provide a real view of the "customer experience" at Cisco Connect 2017

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa's Comstor division will be providing customers attending this year's Cisco Connect event a unique view of how customer experiences can be better delivered in an ever digitally transformative world.

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RFID Reinvents itself and retail with it

The retail industry stands poised to benefit exponentially from advancements that are spurring a plethora of new applications for already proven radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. On-pitch printing and encoding technology are increasing the accuracy while decreasing the size and cost of RFID tags, and consequently increasing the value of the technology beyond just the supply chain and throughout the entire value chain.

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Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa offers resellers Azure on its BlueSky platform

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is, effective immediately, enabling local reseller partners the opportunity to purchase Azure from its BlueSky digital aggregation platform.

The announcement allows local resellers to purchase core components of the Azure platform locally, and digitally, all via its automated aggregation system BlueSky.

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To maximise the network closet, start with fundamentals

Racks are the fundamental building blocks in all network closets and key to ensuring the efficient organisation of this tight space, says Louise Taute, Comstor director at Westcon-Comstor southern Africa.

Network closets come in all shades and hues. In larger firms, it may be one limb on a tree of many, while in smaller companies, it may function as the sole computing hub. Either way, the network closet typically contains the same components and serves a mission-critical function, so it matters a great deal that it is optimally arranged, equipped, maintained and monitored.

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Westcon-Comstor unified communications and collaboration solutions practice awarded Diamond status

Top-level Avaya Edge Partner Programme members recognised for their ability to deliver complex projects involving multi-vendor integrations across a wide geographic area.

Westcon-Comstor, the value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in security, collaboration, networking and data centre, today announced that its unified communications and collaboration solutions practice has been awarded Diamond status in the highly respected Avaya Edge Partner Programme.

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Westcon-Comstor appoints new BDM for Services Solutions

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa has revealed that it has appointed Pieter Terblanche in the capacity of Services Business Development Manager (BDM), reporting to Services Solutions Director, Heinz Stephan.
Terblanche has in excess of 15 years' sales, marketing, management and advertising experience which he has accumulated from a number of positions including owning two of his own businesses, one being financial solutions related and the other pertaining to software monetisation products, cloud services and data encryption, office automation solutions and ICT.

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