i.t.conneXions (ITX) has picked up the distribution rights for SunSoft products, replacing former distributor Mitsui. The products give ITX more pull as a specialist in "alternative" (or non-Wintel) products.
ITX had been a major Microsoft distributor until last year, when the two companies parted ways.
Now its line-up comprises mainly Unix, Trend Micro, Watchguard and Netscape products.
Former SunSoft distributor Mitsui will retain distribution of Sun Microsystems hardware. A spokesperson for Mitsui says it was "surprised and disappointed" by SunSoft's move.
Laurie Sellers, ITX's managing director, said: "We're currently picking up Mitsui customers and paving the way for more Mitsui resellers to open accounts with us."
A spokesperson for Mitsui said that company would endeavour to help its channel partners make the move from Mitsui to ITX.
The SunSoft contract brings a number of products to ITX, including Solaris and Solarium, the popular Firewall One, backup software Legato and, of course, all the Java derivatives. The change becomes official in mid-March.