NSW-based distributor, Techplus, has brought on management products from Toronto-based vendor, Specops, in a bid to expand its software portfolio.
The distributor will have access to the full software range and has just announced the availability of Specops Virtual Deploy, a Group Policy extension tool that allows administrators to manage Microsoft App-V virtual applications.
Specops provides a range of products allowing organisations to manage and interact with all Microsoft-based server environments through Active Directory or Group Policy platform. Techplus managing director, Paul Kern, said it was Specop’s first local channel partner.
“They have sold products in Australia to some of the larger government departments and multinationals for many years,” he said. “Customers could go online and buy it. But they’ve never been through the channel, or proactively sold products here before.”
Kern said the products were suitable for any organisation – small or large – running Microsoft servers, and claimed they were straightforward to use.
“The core differentiation against other vendors who provide these kinds of products is that users can manage everything through Active Directory – it’s just not an application on top, but a fully integrated solution,” he said.
Specop’s software tools are available for a one-off licence fee. Users can then choose to subscribe to an annual maintenance and support package.
“We won’t be bundling this with our main product range, but we’ll look at using this to bundle with other [software] suites,” Kern said. “This definitely lends itself to being something integrators can make a part of their standard operating environment, or as tools they need to have and bundle with their offerings every time they deploy a server.”
Kern said Specops was one of several software vendors Techplus was bringing on. Last year, the distributor signed on for software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings from systems management vendor, TriActive.
“We are moving into the software market and some categories already, and we have more to announce,” Kern said.