The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-07-02T05:32:59Z Distribution Central adds Unify’s UC solutions to its ANZ portfolio 2015-07-02T05:32:59Z distribution-central-adds-unify-s-uc-solutions-to-its-anz-portfolio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sydney, Australia, 2 July 2015 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, today announced it will distribute Unify’s range of integrated communications solutions in Australia and New Zealand.Unify delivers industry-leading IP voice, web collaboration, video conferencing and mobility solutions that empower businesses to align their communications with their operations and processes, delivering substantial business benefits.“Distribution Central will take Unify’s unified communications solutions to market with a full suite of reseller support services, including our pre-sales technical support, post-sales field support, renewal and asset management, training and education, and channel marketing programs,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director at Distribution Central.“We’re focused on growing Unify’s market in Australia and New Zealand through the recruitment of strategic partners targeting key vertical markets. Our Land, Expand, Extend, Protect (LEEP) model will also support Unify’s existing partners with effective upgrade, refresh and cross-sell campaigns that ensure they remain relevant to their existing customers.”“Working closely with Distribution Central and our channel partners, Unify is helping to address the long-time business challenge of how to enable greater flexibility, new ways of working and increased collaboration. This distribution partnership also further aligns Unify with its goals of transforming into a channel-centric organisation with a strong ANZ presence,” said Phillip Zammit, Country Manager Australia at Unify.“We look forward to achieving great things in our partnership with Distribution Central.”Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia and New Zealand. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013 and 2014). Distribution Central launches DC CloudSelect Marketplace 2015-05-05T22:16:12Z distribution-central-launches-dc-cloudselect-marketplace Sydney, Australia, 6 May 2015 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched its DC CloudSelect marketplace, the most advanced and innovative open standards-based cloud services platform, designed specifically for resellers, managed service providers, cloud service providers and partners born in the cloud.In 2013 Distribution Central launched its award-winning DC CloudSelect service with an online configurator, billing engine and cloud-enabled solutions – CloudPODs – to enable partners to deliver cloud solutions to their customers. The DC CloudSelect Marketplace overhauls this service by delivering a fully customised portal that acts as a single interface for resellers to consume and manage cloud services.It is a single platform for the procurement, provisioning, integration, orchestration, and management of cloud solutions, services and aggregated billing, revamping the original configurator and billing engine and also including extensive analytics. DC CloudSelect Marketplace also enables partners to deliver “Anything-as-a-Service” solutions to their customers and to white-label and present their own marketplace to their customers.“DC has always been focused on enabling partners to address the ever changing challenges in the IT industry and ensuring they continue to deliver value to their customers. Put simply, DC CloudSelect Marketplace is our solution for the cloud-born challenges that partners are facing, which require them to transform their businesses – delivering cloud services and being able to fulfil these services through a transactional e-commerce model,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.“Our objective is to remove the complexity associated with these challenges and to ensure partners have a profitable journey as they transition their business to deliver cloud services.”“DC CloudSelect is unique amongst other distributor solutions because of the extent to which it enables partners; it offers a large products and services catalogue and the ability to aggregate, orchestrate and manage end user cloud environments. Partners get a single bill from DC and can present and manage multiple solutions to their customers, whilst having complete control over their customers’ cloud environments.”“Also, resellers need to consider not just the infrastructure required to deliver a cloud service, but how they will optimise performance and secure the cloud environment. For this reason the DC CloudSelect Marketplace catalogue offers cloud-based solutions that address these business problems and challenges.”DC CloudSelect Marketplace has been led by Distribution Central’s APAC Cloud Practice Manager, Harris Loefti, and is being launched with more than 200 products and services, which will continue to increase over time. Key cloud providers include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Softlayer (an IBM company) and the products and services catalogue also includes solutions from DC’s existing vendor partnerships such as Blue Coat, CommVault, Equinix, F5 Networks, NetApp, Palo Alto Networks, Riverbed, Seagate, SimpliVity and Sophos.“We have also worked closely with our vendor partners and integrated APIs across our solutions to deliver a seamless experience for our partners and their customers. This speaks to the investment we have made in making DC CloudSelect Marketplace the ultimate cloud services platform for our partners, and we are excited about the value it will deliver to the channel,” said Verykios.The key features of DC CloudSelect Marketplace are:- Strong cloud products and services ecosystem- Vendor-specific partner pricing- The ability to white-label and present your own marketplace to your customers- Aggregated ordering and billing for multiple products, services and billing cycles- Complete control of your customers’ cloud environments- Ability to consume cloud services through automation and orchestration- Manage workloads through a customisable control panel- Pre-sales and technical support- Sophisticated consumption-based billing model- Multiple payment options- All invoices are presented in the local currency- Sales enablement- Marketing and legal support Distribution Central achieves NetApp Star Distributor status 2015-03-09T23:51:59Z distribution-central-achieves-netapp-star-distributor-status Sydney, Australia, 10 March 2015 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has become the first Distributor in Australia and New Zealand to earn the status of NetApp Star Distributor, the highest level available within its distribution program and is only one of six in the APAC region. The Star status requires a distributor to meet stringent competencies relating to the ability to deliver reseller training; demonstration stock; technical and pre-sales qualifications; and installation and implementation qualifications. Distribution Central has either met or exceeded all requirements with its six technical staff certified across the required range of technical/pre-sales qualifications; and four of its engineers trained to deliver NetApp Accredited Sales Professional (NASP) and NetApp Accredited Technical Sales Professional (NATSP) training to the NetApp reseller community, when only two are required. Furthermore, its 6 technical staff are spread across the ANZ region, ensuring coverage of the NetApp ANZ channel. “It’s no secret among the ANZ reseller community that DC’s skills and service ethic, delivered through the Fusion Systems business unit are world class. We continually top global customer satisfaction surveys. However, our investment in systems that exist nowhere else but Australia and New Zealand are what keeps our partners competitive against other resellers offering alternative technologies, with increased accuracy, minimum time to quote, minimum time to respond and minimum cost in configurations,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central. “The Star Distributor status is a formal acknowledgement of all of this and whilst it focuses on competencies relating to enablement and technical skills, our investment in systems, services, strategies and products also support the NetApp reseller community such as our DC PODfactory service that delivers FlexPods and other DC POD solutions; marketing services and MDF support; and our DC CloudSelect program.” Distribution Central is still the only distributor globally that has developed a FlexPod configurator, and a configurator for NetApp Private Storage for AWS, saving partners massive hours in configuration work. “NetApp has a long history of working with Distribution Central; a partnership that demonstrates our joint commitment to world class service offerings for our partners. We would like to congratulate Distribution Central on stepping up to Star level,” Neville James, Channels & Enablement Director, NetApp Australia & New Zealand. Distribution Central has delivered regular NetApp certification training nationally in Australia and New Zealand since 2007 and 2012 respectively, in addition to other enablement programs such as NetApp PartnerTAPs and GetSuccessful programs. Its Star competencies ensure that it continues to deliver relevant support and enablement to NetApp partners. Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 – Nick Verykios and 2013 – Scott Frew), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013 – Nick Verykios and 2014 – Scott Frew). Distribution Central adds Pure Storage to its ANZ portfolio 2015-02-09T00:11:16Z distribution-central-adds-pure-storage-to-its-anz-portfolio Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, today announced it will distribute Pure Storage to the Australian and New Zealand channels.This is the most recent of several new distribution agreements since the expansion of Distribution Central’s storage and data centre portfolio late last year to include contemporary data centre solutions including data centre consolidation, software defined networking, cloud, big data analytics and virtualisation. “Flash technology has traditionally been an enterprise-only solution but Pure Storage’s unique technology has made flash accessible for a broader range of end-users without impacting performance. Pure Storage offers an excellent opportunity for partners to deliver an advanced yet affordable flash solution to their customers,” said Scott Frew, Executive Chairman at Distribution Central.“We will take the Pure Storage product range to market with our complete suite of reseller support services, including pre-sales technical support, post-sales field support, configuration, renewal and asset management, training and education programs and channel marketing programs.”Late last year Distribution Central launched several new vendors in its storage and data centre portfolio including SimpliVity, Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk), EVault (acquired by Seagate) and Arista Networks. Pure Storage expands the portfolio further with its technology-leading flash storage solutions.Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013 and 2014). Distribution Central adds SanDisk’s data centre acceleration solutions to its ANZ portfolio 2014-10-21T22:10:20Z distribution-central-adds-sandisk-s-data-centre-acceleration-solutions-to-its-anz-portfolio Sydney, Australia, 22 October 2014 - Distribution Central Pty LimitedÒ, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, today announced it will distribute select SanDisk  data centre acceleration solutions in Australia and New Zealand. SanDisk’s flash-based products deliver technology-leading solutions for data and workload acceleration through their Fusion ioMemory solutions, SanDisk ION Accelerator™ all flash appliance, Fusion ioVDI™ and Fusion ioTurbine™ software, and other select solutions. “End users are increasingly looking to consolidate their data centre footprints and embrace the latest technology advancements such as software defined networking, cloud, big data analytics and virtualisation,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director at Distribution Central. “SanDisk’s data centre acceleration solutions complement our existing data centre technology portfolio and supported by our channel services, partners are well placed to deliver real business benefits for their customers in the changing data centre market.” “Data centres around the world are being transformed by the economic and performance benefits of flash storage,” said Jesse Zhang, vice president of Asia Pacific Commercial Sales and Support at SanDisk. “Distribution Central’s understanding of the Australia and New Zealand enterprise channel ecosystem makes them a strong partner to further expand the availability of SanDisk’s leading enterprise solutions, as well as strengthens our ability to meet the demands of the Australian and New Zealand enterprise markets.” Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central Pty Limited recognised as APAC Distributor of the Year by Palo Alto Networks 2014-09-11T00:05:09Z distribution-central-pty-limited-recognised-as-apac-distributor-of-the-year-by-palo-alto-networks Sydney, Australia, 11 September 2014 - Distribution Central Pty LimitedÒ, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has announced that it has been named ANZ Distribution Partner of the Year and APAC Distributor of the Year by Palo Alto Networks. The awards were presented at the Palo Alto Networks Partner Conference held in Bali on 28-29 August 2014. Distribution Central (DC) was appointed as an ANZ distributor by Palo Alto Networks in June 2013. “To be named APAC Distributor of the Year is a significant accolade for Distribution Central especially given that we’ve only been in partnership with Palo Alto Networks for a year,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central. During his presentation of the award, Palo Alto Networks Country Manager Armando Dacal highlighted exceptional growth and momentum in DC’s first year as ANZ distributor, including 129% achievement of business plan objectives and the creation of new channel relationships, in addition to strong execution in channel marketing and partner development. “It’s recognition for the commitment we’ve made to the Palo Alto Networks channel. We’ve created channel services to support and grow the Palo Alto Networks business and invested in a team that can deliver pre-sales and post-sales support; training and enablement tailored for Palo Alto Networks partners; and marketing support and campaigns; which have all contributed to a successful partnership for both DC and Palo Alto Networks,” said Verykios. DC launched a new remote install service designed specifically for Palo Alto Networks partners in April 2014, called PANassist, and has been hosting regular POWERup enablement sessions for partners in Australia and New Zealand. DC has also invested in an extensive evaluation pool that is heavily utilised by Palo Alto Networks partners to learn about the product and also to use in end user opportunities, supported by DC’s online evaluation program, making evaluation stock applications simple, easy and efficient. DC also offers a 24x7x365 Authorised Support Centre for Palo Alto networks – DC ChannelSupport – that provides certified local Level 1 and Level 2 Helpdesk Support Engineers who have access to their own Palo Alto Networks hardware to support end users, build configurations, troubleshoot issues and manage RMAs. “We are impressed with the level of professionalism seen from Distribution Central and its employees,” said Armando Dacal, Director Regional Sales Australia and New Zealand, Palo Alto Networks Australia. "The attitude has been exceptionally positive from Pre-sales and Account Management all the way through to marketing, purchasing, support services and the quotes team.”. Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central Pty Limited expands its data centre business unit with new vendors, new brand and new GTM 2014-08-20T02:03:16Z distribution-central-pty-limited-expands-its-data-centre-business-unit-with-new-vendors-new-brand-and-new-gtm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sydney, Australia, 20 August 2014 - Distribution Central Pty Limited®, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has announced the expansion of its SAN Systems business unit with an aggressive vendor recruitment and rebranding strategy. SAN Systems specialises in storage and data centre solutions, but will be expanded to include data centre consolidation, software defined networking, cloud, big data analytics and virtualisation as a contemporary data centre specialist – Fusion Systems. The name and brand change reflects the larger scope of the business unit. Distribution Central (DC) will be announcing several significant new vendor partnerships in the coming weeks, which will all be part of the Fusion Systems portfolio, and will also be recruiting four (4) new staff to drive the broader data centre strategy. The new headcount includes: a BDM, Internal Sales Representative and two Sales Engineers. “We’re relaunching SAN Systems with a new name, expanded technology portfolio, and extra head count so that our channel partners are well supported to take advantage of the new data centre opportunity,” said Managing Director of Distribution Central, Nick Verykios. “It’s imperative that we’re covering all aspects of this data centre opportunity in terms of the technologies we represent, but also supported by our channel services suite and DC PODfactory and DC CloudSelect strategies, which will benefit from the expanded technology portfolio.” DC is also launching a new channel engagement strategy – Land, Expand, Extend, Protect (LEEP) – which underpins DC’s entire portfolio and services strategy including the renewed Fusion Systems. Resellers and service providers need to ensure they remain relevant and deliver technology solutions and services that address their customers’ business problems. LEEP enables DC’s partners to create and maintain this relevance by ensuring that they are taking advantage of the systems and services that allow them to “Expand” and “Extend” the advanced technology solutions they have already introduced to their customers. “Our LEEP model disrupts the existing channel approach to selling technology solutions by highlighting the opportunity to upgrade, refresh, introduce new feature attaches and cross-sell, before even considering the licence and maintenance renewal,” said Verykios. “LEEP addresses the need to continuously deliver relevant solutions and services to the end user throughout the entire product lifecycle, not just at the initial sale.” “DC offers its partners the ability to continuously engage with their customers through its systems, channel services and technologies delivered through its business units – Firewall Systems, ViViD Systems and Fusion Systems.” “And with the renewed go-to-market strategy for Fusion Systems, DC’s partners will be better supported with access to technology-leading data centre solutions.” Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central Pty Limited management recognised for excellence in executive management 2014-08-17T23:09:09Z distribution-central-pty-limited-management-recognised-for-excellence-in-executive-management FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sydney, Australia, 18 August 2014 - Distribution Central Pty LimitedÒ, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has announced that its Managing Director, Nick Verykios, and Executive Chairman, Scott Frew, have both been nominated in The CEO Magazine’s 2014 Executive of the Year Awards. The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards recognises individual excellence of high-level executives nationwide. Nick Verykios was named IT Executive of the Year at the 2013 Awards, and is this year nominated in the Managing Director of the Year category. Scott Frew has been nominated in the IT Executive of the Year and Chairperson of the Year categories. Both Nick and Scott were inducted into the ARN IT Industry Awards Hall of Fame in 2012 and 2013 respectively. These accolades are recognition of Nick and Scott’s contribution to the success of Distribution Central date; to the IT Industry; and transcending the industry, as business entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. “We’re both very proud to be nominated at this year’s Executive of the Year Awards, but more so we’re proud of DC’s achievements in the past 10 years and also excited about DC’s future as we enter a new phase in contemporary distribution driven by innovation,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central. “Scott and I have always been focused on innovation and this will continue as we invest in the systems, products, services and staff that will take DC into its next phase of major growth.” Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Distribution Central was also named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million) and a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Awards (Medium Business Category). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and The CEO Magazine IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central launches V2.0 of DC ChannelControl for Avaya 2014-05-12T02:02:07Z distribution-central-launches-v2-0-of-dc-channelcontrol-for-avaya Sydney, Australia, 12 May 2014 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched V2.0 of its DC ChannelControl online transaction and enablement resource centre specifically for Avaya partners.Distribution Central (DC) first launched ACDC (Avaya Configurator by DC) in November 2011, a module of the DC ChannelControl online portal designed specifically for the Avaya SME and data product ranges and also includes third party complementary vendors such as Jabra. Since 2011, there have been progressive updates and most recently significant enhancements that deliver channel partners a system that is fast, accurate and intuitive and streamlines the entire process from quoting to asset management.Through DC ChannelControl, Avaya partners have the ability to view real-time pricing and up-to-date stock levels; build specialised quotes; complete deal registration with additional discount requests; request Proof-of-Concepts; and import designs built in Avaya’s systems with accurate pricing. DC also keeps up-to-date with Avaya’s regularly changing product set, ensuring that the system is always valid and it is near impossible to make a mistake.Most recently, DC has launched an online ordering and payment gateway that combines online credit purchasing capability, which further fast-tracks the purchasing process. Furthermore, DC’s systems can and have been tailored to specific partner requirements, and combined with our install base and analytics management tool, DC IBAM (powered by iasset.com) partners can manage the product lifecycle of their customers’ assets, never missing out on a customer opportunity.“We quickly saw the benefits of ACDC in the Avaya channel when we launched three years ago and received positive and constructive feedback that we have taken on board; but more importantly we have continued our investment in the Avaya channel ensuring that our innovation in systems gives our Avaya partners a real competitive edge,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.“In fact, the recent extension of our distribution partnership with Avaya to Singapore was driven by our track record in systems innovation and the benefits we deliver to the Avaya channel.”“Arrow Voice & Data has benefited from Distribution Central’s systems since it launched its first quoting configurator – it simplifies the quoting and ordering process, and also ensures accuracy, which means the order process is fast, efficient and streamlined. My team can access the system at any time, with real-time pricing and reports available to them,” says Brend Johnston, Sales & Marketing Director, Arrow Voice & Data.Statistics to show the effectiveness of our systems are listed below:•    There are currently 118 partners registered for ACDC with 346 quotes produced on average each month and up to 70 orders invoiced per month.•    More than $1 million credit card payments have been processed and paid.•    DC’s Avaya renewal rate is currently at 82%, and in the past year we have transacted more than 1800 renewals for Avaya, on average 130 per month.V2.0 of DC ChannelControl is available to Avaya partners in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, where DC is also the only distributor that offers an online transaction and enablement resource centre for Avaya partners. The Singapore version was also completely customised to suit local requirements. Distribution Central has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to more than $250 million in FY2013 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine Executive of the Year IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central Pty Limited launches a new service for Palo Alto Networks partners 2014-04-17T01:05:35Z distribution-central-pty-limited-launches-a-new-service-for-palo-alto-networks-partners FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sydney, Australia, 9 April 2014 - Distribution Central Pty LimitedÒ, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched a new remote install service for Palo Alto Networks partners delivered through ChannelSupport.PANassist is a remote install service that is suitable for new Palo Alto Networks partners who are still developing their own in-house expertise, or existing Palo Alto Networks partners that may require extra support.It is delivered through Distribution Central’s ChannelSupport, a dedicated Technical Assistance Centre manned by expert certified technical engineers. Through PANassist, ChannelSupport’s engineers can provide two or three day remote install assistance to partners who may still be up-skilling or require extra support.“Since signing on as a Palo Alto Networks distributor last year, we have been recruiting new partners who need some additional support as they go through the certification process, so we decided to launch this new service in response to our partners’ needs,” said Scott Frew, Executive Chairman, Distribution Central.“We have excellent technical resources within ChannelSupport, our Palo Alto Networks TAC that is already delivering Level 1 and Level 2 helpdesk support, so we are simply extending our support to cover installation as well.”Palo Alto Networks partners can contact their local Firewall Systems account manager for more information about PANassist and how to order it, or visit the Firewall Systems website for more information on support options for Palo Alto Networks.Distribution Central has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to more than $250 million in FY2013 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million). Its senior management has been recognised through the ARN Hall of Fame (2012 and 2013), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) and CEO Magazine Executive of the Year IT Executive of the Year (2013). Distribution Central Pty Limited launches RecoveryPOD powered by CommVault, Fujitsu and NetApp 2014-01-14T23:46:42Z distribution-central-pty-limited-launches-recoverypod-powered-by-commvault-fujitsu-and-netapp Sydney, Australia, 14 January 2014 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched a new DC POD solution called RecoveryPOD, powered by CommVault, Fujitsu and NetApp.This announcement closely follows CommVault being named a Leader in the Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software for the third year in a row, testament to the focus that DC has on delivering technology-leading solutions to the channel.Product-on-Demand (POD) solutions integrate best-of-breed technology components from DC’s leading technology vendors to produce a pre-defined architecture that solve contemporary business problems. RecoveryPOD is designed to address the core data challenges of modern business – backup, storage and archiving – by integrating CommVault’s Simpana 10, Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and NetApp’s storage systems.RecoveryPOD is the newest in an existing suite of DC POD solutions including SplunkPOD (integrating Splunk, Fujitsu and NetApp) and PerformancePOD (integrating Fujitsu and Riverbed), in addition to existing reference architectures such as FlexPod and V-Shape. All DC PODs are delivered through the DC PODfactory service, and are configured, validated, supported and asset managed through DC’s SaaS channel management platform and support services.“Data is at the core of any business problem – how do I best store it, secure it, manage access to it, back it up and so on. Contemporary IT solutions need to deliver the best technology, cost-effectively and efficiently,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.“DC has developed a range of DC POD and CloudPOD solutions to enable our partners to meet these requirements, ensuring they deliver a solution and service that is relevant to their customer’s business needs.”DC will be delivering a brief enablement webinar on RecoveryPOD open to all resellers on 21 January and 30 January 2014. Visit the training page on the SAN Systems website for more information and to register. http://www.sansystems.com.au/training.aspx Distribution Central is celebrating its tenth year and has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to more than $250 million in FY2013 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million). Distribution Central Pty Limited management recognised for their industry contribution and entrepreneurial leadership 2013-12-10T22:59:28Z distribution-central-pty-limited-management-recognised-for-their-industry-contribution-and-entrepreneurial-leadership Sydney, Australia, 11 December 2013 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has announced that its Managing Director, Nick Verykios, was named IT Executive of the Year at the 2013 CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards.In the past year Distribution Central’s (DC) management has been recognised through several industry and business accolades. DC’s CEO Scott Frew recently received Special Recognition for the Pearcy Foundation NSW 2013 ICT Entrepreneur of the Year, for “taking a risk and making a difference to the Australian ICT industry.”Both Nick and Scott were inducted into the ARN IT Industry Awards Hall of Fame respectively in 2012 and 2013.These accolades recognise the personal contribution that Nick and Scott have made to DC’s success to date; to the IT Industry; and transcending the industry, as business entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.“We’ve experienced incredible growth in our 10 years of operation at DC, and received a raft of business and industry accolades for the business. Whilst we’ve both had colourful careers to date, these recent individual accolades are a testament to our contribution and success as entrepreneurs, which is personally significant to us,” said Scott Frew, CEO, Distribution Central.“Backed by an incredible team, we are seeing the benefits of the investments we have made in the past year in systems, staff and further innovation, and we believe the best is yet to come for DC.”DC is celebrating its tenth year of operation this financial year. The company has grown from a $1.6 million dollar company with 11 employees in 2004 to $252 million in FY13 with 140 employees across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, representing more than 20 of the best technology and market leading vendor solutions. The company has also received a range of business, industry and vendor accolades – most recently ranked 31st in the 2013 BRW 50 Best Places to Work (fifth consecutive year DC has been ranked in the top 50) and recipient of the Best Distributor Initiative at the 2013 ARN IT Industry Awards (for DC CloudSelect). Distribution Central Pty Limited launches a new cloud solution as part of its award-winning cloud delivery service 2013-12-10T22:55:18Z distribution-central-pty-limited-launches-a-new-cloud-solution-as-part-of-its-award-winning-cloud-delivery-service Sydney, Australia, 3 December 2013 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched a new CloudPOD solution following its accolade at the recent ARN IT Industry Awards for its channel cloud service.CloudPOD for Cloud Storage and Archiving is powered by Riverbed and Amazon Web Services and comes in three options to suit different customer requirements, utilising a monthly OPEX billing model. It follows the Hybrid NetApp Private Storage CloudPOD launched by DC mid this year and powered by NetApp, Amazon Web Services and Equinix.DC CloudSelect is a cloud delivery service designed to assist channel partners in transitioning their customers to the cloud. It was named Best Distributor Initiative at the 2013 ARN IT Industry Awards and offers access to CloudPODs, which are pre-defined cloud solutions that can be easily tailored through the DC CloudSelect configurator.DC CloudSelect allows the reseller to access cloud-enabled solutions within one Purchase Order and take advantage of a monthly single billing model.“We have collaborated with Amazon Web Services and Riverbed to develop the CloudPOD for Cloud Storage and Archiving, combining the technologies to create a solution that offers real business benefits to the end user through cost savings, improving DR readiness and leveraging AWS’ pay-per-use cloud storage and archiving platform,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.“It’s the latest in a suite of cloud-enabled solutions and services that we’ve designed to ensure that any of our reseller partners can deliver their own cloud or managed service if they choose to do so, by offering them a single aggregation point for configuration, transaction processing, support and optimised delivery.”Distribution Central has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to more than $250 million in FY2013 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million). DC CloudSelect was named “Best Distributor Initiative” at the 2013 ARN IT Industry Awards. Distribution Central Pty Limited launches its new cloud delivery service for channel partners 2013-07-16T23:04:54Z distribution-central-pty-limited-launches-its-new-cloud-delivery-service-for-channel-partners Sydney, Australia, 16 July 2013 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has launched a cloud delivery service that its ANZ partners can deliver to their end-users – DC CloudSelect.DC CloudSelect provides partners the ability to build cloud infrastructure or access a range of cloud-ready/enabled solutions (CloudPODs), including a hybrid cloud solution that integrates NetApp Private Storage and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect, hosted in Equinix’s data centre. This four-way partnership ensures that all elements of the cloud solution are delivered and supported through one central point - Distribution Central (DC).“We have collaborated with all entities involved in delivering this solution to offer our partners a single aggregation point for configuration, transaction processing, support and optimised delivery,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.“Any DC reseller partner or system integrator that wants to deliver cloud solutions to their customer base can utilise our cloud configurator and services to enable them in delivering their own cloud service."CloudPODs are available in pre-defined options that can be easily tailored through DC’s CloudSelect configurator, allowing the reseller to access cloud-enabled solutions under one Purchase Order and with monthly billing through DC.“Cloud solutions don’t have to be exclusively private or public. Increasingly businesses are choosing hybrid cloud solutions to take advantage of the benefits of both worlds. Our CloudPODs combine public and private solutions, which enable our partners to offer the right cloud mix for their customers’ business needs,” said Verykios.CloudPOD solutions are delivered through the DC PODfactory service along with a range of other Products-on-Demand (PODs) that include existing reference architectures and pre-defined infrastructures, which integrate several vendor offerings to create solutions that solve contemporary business problems. All of DC’s PODs are configured, validated, supported and asset managed through DC’s SaaS channel management platform and support services.DC CloudSelect will be led by Harris Loefti, APAC Cloud Practice Manager, who joins DC after six years at Symantec where he led Symantec’s cloud services and MSP Program strategy and practices across Asia-Pacific and Japan. With more than 13 years’ experience in the industry Harris brings with him expertise and skill in the cloud and managed services arena.“Harris’ expertise at the helm of our Cloud Practice, backed by our technical and sales teams across all of our specialised business units, will drive our delivery of an accessible, relevant and simple cloud service for our partners,” said Verykios.Distribution Central has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to more than $250 million in FY2013 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million).Supporting Quotes“We are excited to be working with Distribution Central, Equinix and Amazon Web Services to offer a solution with the on-demand scalability and reliability to function as a critical extension to customers’ on-premise IT infrastructure,” said Glenn McPherson, senior district manager, Southern Region, NetApp Australia and New Zealand. “We are committed to helping customers achieve greater IT agility. The ability to leverage infrastructure spanning both cloud and internal IT resources is important, and NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services will enable this.”“As the leading global interconnection platform, Equinix provides companies the ability to directly connect with partners, network providers and end users within its global network of data centers,” said Eric Hui, Director of Cloud, IT and Enterprise at Equinix Asia-Pacific. “Our customers are continuing to look to the cloud to achieve performance and cost efficiencies in their business. The NetApp Private Storage for AWS via Equinix will not only help them to meet that goal, but also to build a foundation in hybrid IT architectures.” Distribution Central Pty Limited appointed ANZ distributor for Palo Alto Networks 2013-06-11T01:08:53Z distribution-central-pty-limited-appointed-anz-distributor-for-palo-alto-networks Sydney, Australia, 11 June 2013 - Distribution Central Pty Limited, a leader in technology distribution and channel services, has been appointed a distributor for Palo Alto Networks, the network security company, in Australia and New Zealand. This distribution agreement expands Distribution Central’s (DC) security offering with Palo Alto Networks' innovative platform based on its next-generation firewall. The Palo Alto Networks product range will be distributed through Firewall Systems, a business unit of DC that specialises in security, availability and performance solutions. “Security is at its next generation with increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks and mobile devices opening up entry points for hackers and data theft,” said Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central. “The Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall is at the forefront of the solutions addressing the security needs of businesses today and its addition to the Firewall Systems portfolio expands the technology-leading solutions we deliver to our partners, supported by our channel services,” said Verykios. Armando Dacal, Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand at Palo Alto Networks: “ANZ is a growing market for Palo Alto Networks and we are committed to making investments internally and externally to grow this region. Distribution Central is a value added distributor with a great track record in ANZ. We are expanding value added partners in ANZ to address the full potential of the market.” Firewall Systems will take the Palo Alto Networks product range to market with a full suite of reseller support services, including pre-sales technical support, post-sales field support, configuration, renewal and asset management, training and education programs and channel marketing programs. Distribution Central has grown from $22 million in FY2007 to $209 million in FY2012 in revenue. The company currently employs 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and was named the 2011 BRW ANZ Successful Private Business of the Year (turnover greater than $100 million).