Thin client vendor makes Middle East progress

Server-based application deployment and web-enabling software vendor GraphOn has set its sights on grabbing a share of the Middle East thin client market after inking a distribution alliance with Sedicom Europe.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  August 1, 2007

Server-based application deployment and web-enabling software vendor GraphOn has set its sights on grabbing a share of the Middle East thin client market after inking a distribution alliance with Sedicom Europe.

The pair have an established relationship covering multiple territories of the European market, but have decided to extend their agreement to incorporate large parts of the Middle East. Sedicom is authorised to sell the vendor's flagship GO-Global family of thin-client software solutions in Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

"We have a long and successful business relationship with Sedicom throughout Europe, and we are pleased to announce this distribution agreement covering the Middle East," stated Tom Castanzo, GraphOn's business development director for the EMEA region.

GraphOn markets GO-Global as an application delivery solution that provides instant access to centrally-running Windows, UNIX and Linux applications from any platform and operating system. The company claims that with GO-Global, there is no need to rewrite applications for web-based access or deploy "complex" infrastructure such as Microsoft Windows Terminal Services or Citrix Presentation Server.

"The GO-Global thin-client solution is becoming more and more popular in the EMEA market where it is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to WTS and Citrix," said Mazin Sahli, CEO of Sedicom Europe (pictured). "In the Middle East, we are in the market penetration stage right now with server-based computing solutions, so we are working on increasing the awareness of GO-Global while prospecting for potential customers."

US-based GraphOn has a decade of experience providing server-based computing solutions that help customers access applications from remote locations and recently launched version 3.2 of its GO-Global for Windows software. The company also hit the headlines last month after filing a lawsuit against Juniper alleging the networking outfit infringed three patents that protect its network security and firewall technologies.

Sedicom Europe, which has its Middle East office in Kuwait, specialises in the distribution of thin clients, server-based computing software and smartcard solutions. In addition to GraphOn, the company also carries products from vendors such as Neoware, Fujitsu Siemens and VXL Instruments.

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