Networks Unlimited marks 21 years as SA’s leading value-added distributor, but it doesn’t stop there
Networks Unlimited commemorates its 21st anniversary as South Africa’s leading value-added distributor with a greater push into Africa. Over its two decades of continuous operation, the company has provided the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes, distributing best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Arista Networks, Aruba Networks, CensorNet, F5, Fortinet, ProLabs, Riverbed, RSA, SimpliVity, Tintri.
The product portfolio encompasses solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.
“When Networks Unlimited was founded in 1994, by directors Craig Copeland and Wayne Bird, the company focused on networking consultancy, but quickly evolved into value-added distributor,” says Anton Jacobsz, MD of Networks Unlimited. “With this change of focus and additional products being brought on board, personnel numbers grew steadily over the years. The past three years, however, have seen the biggest growth as the company has quadrupled in revenues and doubled in staff numbers. Today, the team consists of a diverse group of individuals with a variety of skills, all of whom bring something unique to the table. The alignment of these skills and resources, together with the team spirit we have built, have made us a force to be reckoned with.”
Seven years ago, the company started doing business north of South Africa’s borders into the wider African continent, and has since built up an impressive network of partners across 18 countries. “Initially, most of this business was reactive and contributed about 15 percent to our revenues. Over the last two years, however, we’ve increased our focus and investment into Africa and aim to become a major force in this region,” says Jacobsz. The company opened a branch in Nairobi, Kenya early in 2015. “But this isn’t where our African footprint will stop,” he says.
As for the future, Jacobsz promises that South Africa and Africa will enjoy the same amount of focused attention; in South Africa, the focus will primarily be on growing current strategic partners, whilst the emphasis for Africa will be on signing on and developing new strategic partners in each of the countries within which it works. He also hints at additional investment in headcount and resources around current strategic products, alongside further investment in staff and training; but that’s another story so watch this space.