Channel news: Centerprise launches Platform as a Service offering, Azlan to host Cisco Hyperflex training session

We round up the latest channel partnerships, distribution deals, partner programmes and more from the IT and tech industry.


Centerprise International has launched an advanced Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering – a fully managed cloud solution that measures usage on a ‘Cloudlet’ basis.

Centerprise’s PaaS offering has been brought to market to minimise the costs associated with application hosting and to stop service disruptions caused through poorly defined capacity limits.

Alongside strategic partners, Centerprise has developed a solution to this recurring industry problem by providing a truly elastic platform that grows with demand whilst ensuring customers only pay for the capacity they use. The latter being achieved though Cloudlets.

A Cloudlet is a uniquely defined unit of measure that equates to 128MB of RAM and 200MHz of processor capacity. This is roughly equivalent to 1/64th of a traditional virtual machine therefore allowing costs to be calculated on a far greater granular level.

The service is useful for developing and deploying both Linux and MS Windows–based cloud applications.

“This offering comes as more and more organisations are moving away from traditional on premise virtualisation solutions and transitioning into the cloud,” said Peter Franklin, part of the Centerprise Team who has been responsible for producing the Service.


Azlan is holding a special partner briefing session on Cisco’s Hyperflex converged solution in London next week, with the aim of encouraging more of the company’s resellers to take advantage of the massive opportunity the market presents.

Azlan wants to encourage more partners to take a lead in this fast-growing segment with Cisco’s Hyperflex solution. Jennifer Robertson, Cisco Marketing Manager for Azlan, said: “There has been a lot of hype around hyper convergence but there are still a lot of resellers and end-user customers that don’t exactly understand the benefits it offers. This event is designed to make it easy for partners to get a firm grasp of the concept and Cisco Hyperflex and encourage them to start taking it to their customers.”

Expert speakers from both companies will present at the Azlan and Cisco HyperFlex briefing, which takes place on Friday 3rd June in central London.


Varlink has announced the launch of Brother’s TD-2130NHC, the new versatile and transportable patient ID printing solution.

The TD-2130NHC is adaptable to meet the specific needs of the healthcare industry. This printer enables easy loading and printing of both wristbands and labels, whilst the TrustSense smart technology senses the right media and automatically calibrates itself with no intervention, to verify media size and sets the proper print density for each type of media.

With an intuitive control panel and LCD display option, automating multiple print tasks and entering information with no need for a PC or mobile device means this printer is simple to use without limiting its capabilities.

The TD-2130NHC also has an innovative spindle-less design allowing the user to simply drop in a roll up to 5 inches in diameter, making the media loading process quick and effortless. With its direct thermal printing, 300dpi quality and up to 6ips print speed, healthcare professionals can rely on quick, crisp and accurately imaged wristbands and labels.


Entanet has praised the UK government’s intentions to provide Internet parity for everyone, protect people from the sleazier side of the web, and encourage competition announced in last week’s Queen’s Speech. But the company also warns that the devil is in the detail and that it will not be easy to deliver on the objectives that are to be set out in the Digital Economy Bill.

In the latest posting to its opinion website, the company’s Product Manager, Paul Heritage-Redpath, says that the announcement of plans to provide speeds of at least up to 10Mbps to everyone, protect innocent users (and children especially) from pornography, and increase consumer choice and competition, are all commendable. 

But he also points to a lack of detailed thinking in the plans and says none of these goals will be easy to achieve.

On the setting of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) target for broadband speeds of 10Mbps, Heritage-Redpath stated: “The truth is that if you live 3km away from a cabinet/exchange, you’re unlikely to achieve a near 10Mbps speed. But with cabinets costing tens of thousands of pounds we can’t see anyone [the consumer, the government, the regulator, or BT] paying up.”

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