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Exclusive Partner Training: How to sell Microsoft Server 2016 with Disaster Recovery into SMBs

You’re invited to attend a free training session on either 20th April or 18th May at Microsoft’s Thames Valley Park.

With 44% of SMB IT Managers planning on moving to Server 2016 within the next two years, you need to make sure that you are ahead of the game with the new Microsoft O/S and Disaster Recovery software. Northamber are running two free partner training sessions at Microsoft Thames Valley Park Reading HQ. 

In this morning session you will learn:

  • A double Microsoft Hosted Training Session on What’s new in Server 2016 – features; networking; HyperV enhancements
  • A Training Session from Altaro on ‘How to Ensure Installs are Disaster Recovery proof with a Virtual Backup Solution that is Certified as a perfect partner for Server 2016’.
  • Demos of the software solutions

Call our solutions experts for more details on 020 8296 7015 or to register for this event click here.

Places are limited so be sure to register early.


Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017

EXPERT REPORT: How to sell & profit from the next generation of curved monitors

Northamber has been at the forefront of the growth of curved monitors in the UK.  Now that prices are more in line with traditional monitors, our Visuals expert Lou explains how to profit from this amazing new phenomenon which is taking the industry by storm!

What are curved monitors?

Curved monitors are exactly what you’d expect – instead of being completely flat, they curve around in line with curvature of the eye. This not only makes them very cool looking but also provides a number of benefits to the user.
And what makes them great?
Flat monitors, as they get wider, introduce a problem. The centre of the screen is closer to the eye than the edges. And the wider they get, the more the difference. With curve, this does not happen. The eye is always the same distance from the screen.
This means the eye is more comfortable and therefore less strained than conventional flat screens. It means the level of focus is the same right across the viewing surface. Harvard medical school tested the effect and measured reduced eyestrain in users that used curved monitors in a recent study.
This also means the user can more easily use more of the screen – multi-tasking therefore becomes easier. With a 21:9 wide screen, multiple windows can easily be opened fully to give the user access to multiple applications at the same time. 

Of course, since these curved  monitors include the latest technology, they also include the latest benefits. Blacker blacks, better contrast, plus built-in AMD processors to eliminate blur in fast moving action, in videos for example. The quality of our Samsung curved monitors is second to none. It’s got to be seen to be believed.
They are just cool!
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, curved screens are beautiful and look cool on any desk. Customers who want the latest and greatest will want to get their hands on a new Samsung curved screen. Contact us to help choose the right ones for your customers’ needs.
Samsung are leaders in the curved screen business and Northamber have exclusives with Samsung to supply the UK market with the latest products.

To download this in PDF format click here.

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Gone are the days of “Break Fix” reactive maintenance services. The smart resellers are offering Managed Services to deliver satisfied customers and a new profitable revenue stream. Adam Reynolds, our resident security expert explains how AVG and Northamber could help you to do the same...

Break Fix

Resellers who have historically offered to maintain their customers’ IT Infrastructure working on a break fix model are a dying breed. There are numerous limitations to break fix operations which ultimately restrict the functionality of an organisation and its ability to grow naturally. The main limitation of this model is the dependence on incoming calls to generate revenue and the engineer’s availability to service all customer sites as often maintenance is performed on site. With this in mind, there has always been a natural discord between the provider, who has a reliance on IT failure, and the customer’s desire for operational systems. 

Welcome, the introduction of Managed Services and the birth of Managed Service Providers (MSPs). “Managed Services” is a term used to describe the action of managing a customers’ IT Infrastructure on their behalf. Managed Service Providers typically charge a monthly fee to customers, installing confidence that their IT will be fully operational, by managing the infrastructure remotely and identifying stresses on the system and rectifying them before they become a critical issue. 
More often than not, these actions can be performed remotely, easing the strain on the engineers’ availability. 

The most notable difference between this and that of the break fix model is the now synergetic beliefs of the service provider and their customer – both of which now aspire to 24/7 functionality of the IT system. Coupled with the addition of predictable income allows service providers to now provisionally forecast their business, adding resources where required and most importantly grow in an organic manner. Now, the service providers are only limited by the functionality of the tools which they use to manage services for their customers. 

In summary, when compared to the traditional break fix model, managed services: 
Create a synergy between the provider and the customer
Reduce reliance on incoming enquiries, creating predictable revenue
Relieve stress on engineers, increasing proactivity 
Enable service providers to grow organically


To download this in PDF format click here.

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fujitsu Partner Roadshow 4th-7th April 2017

Come and Fujitsu representatives at the UK Roadshow to get an exclusive first-look of several exciting new products and to understand Fujitsu’s vision for the future of information capture.

Learn about ScanSnap Cloud a new, productive way of scanning documents directly to your cloud accounts. With a ScanSnap iX500 or iX100 and ScanSnap Cloud, there is no need to be connected to a desktop or mobile device. Simply press "Scan" and ScanSnap Cloud classifies and sorts documents, receipts, business cards and photos directly to the cloud service you use.

Become familiar with the Fujitsu SP Series which are an ideal entry level solution for customers who want to upgrade from scanning on a multi-function printer or gain the efficiencies of a more digital document management process. Compact and easy to use, these scanners are a great first-step in to the world of improved document management processes.

If your customers have even more sophisticated needs, check out the versatility of the fi Series range of scanners. Based on PaperStream software and Fujitsu’s cutting-edge hardware, the Fujitsu fi-7460 and higher speed fi-7480 are the most compact scanners in their class. Capturing up to A1 documents, thick paper, closed envelopes, plastic cards, the Fujitsu fi-7460 and fi-7480 deliver unprecedented price performance for your customer’s digital transformation journey.

Chat to us about the impressive benefits you can get from being a member of our Imaging Channel Program and if you sell Fujitsu document scanners you should sign-up for Imaging Rewards; our Channel loyalty scheme. As a Reseller you earn points on every sale, with no minimum requirement. You can then redeem your points for thousands of fantastic items – from the latest electronics and luxury holidays to exciting experiences and fashionable accessories.


  • 09:00 Teas & coffees
  • 09:30 Introduction of new products
  • 10:30 Overview of the Imaging Channel Program and Imaging Rewards
  • 11:00 Demonstrations for partners and end users, including: ScanSnap and ScanSnap Cloud, SP/fi business scanners with PaperStream and Network Scanner & Scanner Central Admin
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Questions & networking
  • 15:00 Close

Spaces are limited, to secure your place please register here

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Avast announces Northamber as new UK distribution partner

London, UK, 15 March 2017 – Avast, the leader in digital security products for business and consumers, today announced a new partnership with one of the UK’s largest independent distributors, Northamber, for its AVG Business by Avast portfolio of products. Northamber, which has over 5,500 active resellers in its UK network, operates a specialist value-add distribution model which delivers complete ‘connect, store and protect’ solutions supported by specialist sales, marketing, product and technical teams.

The agreement involves the distribution of AVG Business’s small business products to resellers and MSPs across the UK, underpinned with support for marketing, flexible credit, technical guidance and sales training. The announcement comes as AVG Business by Avast attends Cloud Security Expo, London, 15-16 March, where it will be demonstrating its flagship platforms AVG CloudCare, a SaaS endpoint protection suite, and AVG Managed Workplace, a complete managed IT solution.

With a 36 year heritage, Northamber’s personalized approach helps resellers to get the support they need to be able to sell a complete joined up solution whilst minimising delivery, administration and other associated costs as well as the inconveniences of dealing with multiple distributors. It will be offering AVG Business’ core range of AVG AntiVirus and AVG Internet Security for Business products which complement the endpoint devices offered by Northamber and present an entry level introduction to AVG Business. In addition, Northamber will also be delivering AVG Business’ IT platform, AVG Managed Workplace, for end-to-end remote monitoring and management from a single screen.

Commenting on the new partnership, Erik Preisser, Senior Sales Director, EMEA, at AVG Business by Avast, said: “We are delighted to extend our distributor network in Europe with the strong addition of Northamber in the UK. The UK has always been a priority market for AVG and further to our acquisition by Avast, we are now able to expand our presence and offer our partners even more choice and value. Our goal is to continuously improve our customers’ experience in every aspect. Expanding our network of resellers and partners is a key initiative towards achieving that.”

Alex Phillips, Director of Strategy at Northamber, said, “Northamber is thrilled to introduce AVG to our channel customers as we see a great opportunity for both our reseller and MSP partners to benefit from the range of products that AVG offers. We look forward to working with Avast as their core range of business security products truly complements our existing offerings. For example, for companies delivering their own services to end-users, AVG Managed Workplace is the perfect solution to enhance their proactivity and profitability. Adding AVG to Northamber’s existing security solutions ensures we will always have the right solution for the customer.”

Visit AVG Business at Cloud Security Expo – Stand 1130

AVG Business will be showcasing its full product range and services at Cloud Security Expo. Delegates can also attend the two speaking sessions hosted by AVG Business:

  • Add a million pounds to your valuation – or 10 million: Wednesday, 15 March, 12.15-12.55, at the Security Service Providers and Security Innovation Theatre
  • How to protect your business from – and minimize – cyber threats: Thursday, 16 March, 10.45-11.10 at the Security Service Providers and Security Innovation Theatre

About Avast

Avast (http://www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products for businesses and consumers, protects over 400 million people online. Offering products under the Avast and AVG brands, Avast protects data, devices, people from threats on the internet and the IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. The AVG Business by Avast portfolio provides solutions that secure, simplify and optimize the IT experience for SMBs worldwide.

AVG Business by Avast’s cloud and on-premise security solutions are tailored for the channel and include a remote monitoring and management platform with security built into the core. Channel partners are also supported by Avast’s comprehensive partner program which provides the tools and knowledge to help them sell AVG Business by Avast products.

About Northamber

Northamber is the longest established and one of the largest independent UK only, trade-only distributors in the IT industry, with over 5,500 actively trading resellers.  The AIM listed company celebrated its 36th anniversary. Northamber prides itself on its value-add distribution model, delivering complete ‘connect, store and protect’ solutions supported by specialist sales, marketing, product and technical teams. This approach helps resellers to get the support they need to be able to sell a complete joined up solution whilst minimising delivery, admin and other associated costs and inconveniences of dealing with multiple distributors.


For Avast: Stephanie Kane, Senior PR Director, stephanie.kane@avast.com, +44 07817 631 016

For Northamber: Adam Reynolds, Product Manager for AVG Business by AVAST adam@northamber.com, 020 8296 7069

Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

We're pleased to announce we'll be exhibiting at Europe's number one Enterprise IT event, IP EXPO in Manchester on 26th & 27th April

Come and see innovating products and solutions fit for start-ups, SMEs and through to large enterprise clients. On stand R530 we'll be showcasing solutions from AVG Business by AVAST, Bomgar, iboss, Microsoft, Supermicro and WatchGuard. It’s your chance to meet our experts in person and talk to representatives from the brands themselves.


IP EXPO Manchester allows visitors to explore, educate, interact and innovate in many ways:

  • Understand where the industry is heading
  • Explore the technology that will enable the changing nature in which we work
  • Engage with new tech innovators, as well as the global brands that are driving change
  • Hear from experts on solution success stories - ones that have worked, and also those that have not
  • Understand the latest movements from all areas of enterprise IT

Why Attend?

The conference programme has gained global recognition over the years due to the range and quality of speakers and seminar sessions.

  • FREE education - 100+ seminar sessions. All sessions are first come, first serve
  • Variety - 7 Theatres full of varied content and seminars across 2 days
  • Networking - engage and meet 5,000 of your industry peers
  • Exclusive Technology - be present for numerous product launches from 100+ exhibitors
  • Discover - everything you need to know from Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks & Infrastructure, AI, Analytics & IOT, DevOps and Open Source
  • Ensure your business is implementing best practice and is preparing for a digital future
  • FREE to Register before 7pm on 25 April


Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017

OKI Europe enhances its new colour portfolio with MC563dn

Egham, 1st March 2017 – OKI Systems UK has announced a new A4 colour multifunction printer (MFP) to complete its recently launched colour portfolio that delivers high quality output and big functionality to businesses of all sizes, helping them to make a big impression.

The MC563dn is the newest addition to OKI’s popular colour portfolio and combines impressive print speeds (30ppm) and high quality output (1200 x 1200 dpi) while making powerful security features such as Private Print available to small and medium-sized businesses and workgroups.

“OKI’s new range of colour printers and multifunction printers has been exceptionally well received by the market since their launch in October last year. The MC563dn is a great addition to this range, offering the performance and security features of the M573dn smart MFP, opening the MC500 Series up to a wider market,” says says Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK.

Like all devices in the new portfolio, the MC563dn offers improved professional security features to ensure only authorised personnel can access sensitive documents. Private Print offers security by sending encrypted documents to the printer, which are automatically deleted once printed. Additionally the MC563dn comes with Gigabit Ethernet ensuring easy transfer of large files across the network and is Google Cloud Print 2.0 ready, as well as being compatible with AirPrint by Apple Inc., enabling mobile printing from remote locations.

The powerful MC563dn is the perfect addition to any business offering High Definition Colour printing and exceptional media flexibility from A6 to 1320mm banner and card stock up to 220gsm perfect for day to day business printing as well as delivering on a wide range of different printing requirements from business cards to banners all in-house. 

The MC563dn is simple to set-up and includes support such as links to “how to” video guidance making it easy to run and maintain.

“We see the MC563dn as a cost effective addition to the range, providing businesses a robust and reliable colour multifunction device with an advanced selection of features,” says Hall.

In October 2016, OKI Europe launched a new range of colour printers and MFPs as well as enhancing its portfolio of smart devices with the addition of the MC573dn smart MFP and the unique C542dn smart printer, extending smart printing and document management and control to the desktop.  

OKI’s complete product portfolio meets the needs of businesses and workgroups of all sizes from one user up to large enterprises and across all industry sectors, offering unrivalled media flexibility and professional quality printing in-house, together with powerful functionality to help businesses work more efficiently.

About the MC563dn

Speed: 30ppm colour/mono
First time to print: 7.5 seconds
Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Paper input: Standard tray 250 sheets; optional trays 530 X 2
Memory: 1GB RAM + 3GB eMMc
Network: Gigabit, optional wireless
USB: 2.0 device X 1, host X 2
Duplex print, copy, scan and fax
Mobile: AirPrint by Apple Inc; Google Cloud Print 2.0 ready

Visit www.okieurope.com for further information.


For more details call the CCTV experts on 020 8296 7066


Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017

UTAX is introducing a new product launch in the DIN A4 b/w sector

UTAX is introducing a new product launch in the DIN A4 b/w sector – multifunctional systems P-4020 MFP and P-4026iw MFP and printers P-3522DW, P-4020DN and P-4020DW are suitable, with 35 to 40 pages per minute, for medium-sized to small work groups – fast printing and scanning, working on the move thanks to Wi-Fi, space-saving measures, comfortable operation.

Norderstedt, 08 February 2017. UTAX has launched a new DIN A4 b/w family on the market in the speed range 35 to 40 pages per minute. The models P-4026iw MFP, P-3522DW and P-4020DW are already available. The P-4020 MFP multifunctional system and another printer model, P-4020DN, are expected to be launched in April 2017. The product design is based on modern working methods of medium-sized to small teams. Both of the multifunctional systems and the three printers work quickly, require little space, can be controlled from mobile devices and are comfortable to use. With these mono systems, the specialist for document management completes its b/w portfolio in the medium speed range.

Wireless printing from the notebook or smartphone works perfectly with the new UTAX DIN A4 b/w systems. The P-4026iw MFP multifunctional system, as well as the P-3522DW and the P-4020DW printers are equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi interface as standard to connect to mobile end devices via WLAN. Even if no central router is available, data transfer between the output and the mobile end device can be established via the Wi-Fi Direct function. Print jobs can be wirelessly run by using the free UTAX Mobile Print app, Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. Wireless scanning is also possible with the MFP.

The new DIN A4 b/w systems print up to 40 pages per minute. With a fast processor, a working storage of 256 MB for the printer and 512 MB for the MFP, as well as the Gigabit Ethernet interface, complex documents are quickly processed. This also applies to the scanning performance of the P-4020 MFP and P-4026iw multifunctional systems, which read 40 b/w pages and 23 colour pages per minute via the standard original feeder with dual-scan function. Even formats such as the smaller DIN A6R, which can be found in printed forms or recipes for example, are processed fully automatically. At the same time, blank page detection immediately filters out blank pages. The new DIN A4 b/w multifunctional systems from UTAX provide everything needed to simplify and accelerate the document digitalisation processes in businesses. Additional software applications can also be integrated by means of the HyPAS interface, which is available with the P-4026iw MFP, in order to store individual acquisition and archiving workflows.

With a print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, the b/w systems reproduce content even more sharply and in better quality. At the same time, the energy efficiency and the TEC values have been significantly improved in comparison to the previous models.

The large paper capacity of 850 sheets makes it possible to process the most varied formats, from DIN A4 to DIN A6R, as well as paper weights of 60 to 220 g/m², via up to four paper feeds. Sensitive documents can be protected from unwanted access by means of the "Private Print" security function, which only activates the job after authentication on the system. UTAX systems work particularly quiet in the whisper mode, because they are operating at half speed, which can be especially pleasant in workstation systems. The compact dimensions of the footprint, 417 x 412 mm (W x D MFP) and 375 x 393 mm (W x D printer), are also consistent with desktop devices. The multifunctional system P-4026iw MFP is operated via a touchscreen. The P-4020DN and P-4020DW printers as well as the P-4020 MFP multifunctional system have an LCD control panel; the P-3522DW has LED displays.

The P-4026iw MFP and the two printers, P-3522DW and P-4020DW, are already available through UTAX specialist trade. The P-4020 MFP and the P-4020DN are expected to be available from April.

The new DIN A4 b/w multifunctional systems P-4020 MFP and P-4026iw MFP from UTAX - a selection of technical data at a glance:

Type: DIN A4 b/w multifunctional system

Functions: Copying, printing, scanning, faxing* (*not for P-4020 MFP)

Copying and printing speed: 40 pages/min.

Scanning speed: b/w 32/40 pages/min., colour 23/16 pages/min. (simplex/duplex)

Paper management: Standard paper capacity of 350 sheets expandable up to 850 sheets, formats from DIN A6R to DIN A4, weights 60 to 220 g/m²

Practical functions: Wi-Fi function (not for P-4020 MFP), USB, mobile printing, private printing, blank page detection, whisper mode, duplex, ID card copy

Operation: Colour touch panel (P-4026iw MFP) or LCD control panel (P-4020 MFP)

The new DIN A4 b/w printers P-3522DW, P-4020DN and P-4020DW from UTAX - a selection of technical data at a glance:

Type: DIN A4 b/w printer

Functions: Printing

Printing speed: P-3522DW 35 pages/min., P-4020DN and P-4020DW 40 pages/min.

Paper management: Standard paper capacity of 350 pages, expandable up to 850 pages. Formats ranging from DIN A6R to DIN A4; weights 60 to 220 g/m²


For more details to the CCTV experts on 020 8296 7015



Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017