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ComputerLinks eyes Middle East

German IT security firm surveys landscape for possible future move into region.

One of Europe's top IT security distributors - Germany's ComputerLinks - is exploring the possibility of expanding into the Middle East and insists its plans have received the backing of unnamed vendor partners.

CEO and founder Stefan Link told
Channel Middle East

that the company is currently surveying the landscape for opportunities with a view to making a decision within the next three to six months.

Link admits that ComputerLinks' motivation for checking out expansion possibilities in the region is partly driven by vendor partners who are keen to see the company's expertise deployed in the region. "The more interesting thing for us is that it is an emerging market," said Link. "But some of the vendors are quite interested that we might come to this area," he added.

Computer Links operates training and professional services divisions as well as e-business and e-security units.

Its product portfolio encompasses solutions from a wide range of security vendors including Blue Coat, Citrix, Packeteer, Neoware, Fortinet, RSA Security, Sonicwall, Trend Micro and Websense.

ComputerLinks made a net profit of US $11.7 million (AED42.9 million) on sales of US $526 million (AED1.9 billion) last year.

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