First Distribution becomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) authorised distributor

First Distribution now offers a choice of 12 different vendors and over 300 different products via its cloud brokerage platform, First for Cloud.

Cape Town, 05 Apr 2016
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Russell Warne
Russell Warne

First Distribution is proud to announce it is now working with Amazon Web Services (AWS), joining a small number of AWS distributors globally taking cloud technologies to a partner channel, and the only distributor in Africa to do so. The services will be supplied through First for Cloud, a subsidiary of First Distribution and South Africa's original cloud services brokerage.

This will enable First Distribution's partners to not only sell IaaS, but the entire range of AWS-powered technologies available, including compute, storage, database, mobile, analytics, application and deployment services, which help organisations move faster, lower their IT costs and scale applications.

First for Cloud's system offers direct integration into AWS, allowing its business partners' customers to be able to configure and spin up a virtual server from the partners' very own branded Web stores. What's more, business partners are enabled to maintain the billing relationship with their customers.

General Manager for Cloud and Hosted Solutions at First Distribution, Kevin Derman, stated: "We're excited to add AWS powered technologies to our portfolio of cloud solutions. The cloud market space is moving very fast and it is First Distribution's intention to keep our partners relevant in today's IT world. First Distribution has always brought premium solutions to the channel, and AWS is recognised by many as a leader in IaaS."

Leveraging South Africa's leading distributor's relationships with multiple world-class cloud providers, First for Cloud ensures resellers have access to global and local cloud products and services.

First Distribution is investing heavily in ensuring it has the right team of product managers and certified technical resources to be able to take its resellers through a 'Recruit - Enable - Transact' cycle, allowing them to become part of one of the largest cloud ecosystems available today for African businesses.

Russell Warne has been appointed as the AWS Product Manager for First Distribution.

"AWS brings immense opportunity to the African partner channel. I encourage partners to connect with me to learn about how we can assist in building your AWS business" said Warne.

For more information on AWS and First Distribution's partner cloud solutions, please contact Warne on (011) 540 2640 or at

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