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Sonicwall hands out awards to regional high-performers

Network security appliance vendor hosts partner meeting with Middle East distributor and gives awards to a trio of channel partners for providing local sales and support

Network security solutions vendor Sonicwall has honoured its leading partners for their efforts in 2006 at the firm's recent Middle East ‘partner meet' in the UAE.

The manufacturer - which hosted the summit alongside Dubai-based distribution partner Haris Al-Afaq - dished out awards to several partners for their ‘outstanding support' of its products and services during the course of last year.

Dubai reseller Emtech Computer Company was one of three resellers to pick up a prize with general manager Vijayan K. Raman collecting the ‘Top Sales Performance' award on behalf of the company.

Emtech boasts a comprehensive networking division within its business and specialises in LAN and WAN solutions. It also works with vendors such as Cisco, 3Com and D-Link.

Meanwhile, IT consultant Manoj Karani was on hand to collect office retailer Graphic International Centre's award of ‘Top retail partner'. The company boasts a number of outlets in the UAE and Oman.

The final title of ‘Best Technical Support' was given to security services reseller Savant Data System, which was represented by IT security engineer Melwin D'souza.

Arjun Mukerji, director at Haris Al-Afaq, said: "2006 has been a tremendous growth period for Haris Al- Afaq and we would like to thank our partners for their continuous support and dedication, and look forward to a strong 2007."

Sonicwall invited more than 50 employees from its reseller base to attend the summit, which it also used as a forum to give partners planning and technology briefing sessions.

The event capped a progressive year for Sonicwall's Middle East operation, which signed up both Almasa and Redington last year to give it additional reach across the region.

Sonicwall's EMEA business accounts for around 20% of its overall global business.

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