Sep 11 2017

Ipswitch Announces Partnership with First Distribution in Africa

South Africa’s Leading IT Distributor, First Distribution, Now Delivers Ipswitch Network Management Software - Expanding Market Share across Africa

LEXINGTON, Mass. and CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Sept. 11, 2017 – Ipswitch®, the leader in easy to deploy, manage and use file transfer and network management software, announced a partnership with First Distribution.  First Distribution is South Africa's leading distributor for datacentre, enterprise and cloud solutions. With this partnership, customers now have greater access to IT management and network monitoring solutions, including Ipswitch WhatsUp® Gold.

“First Distribution has an extensive presence across Africa with regional offices in South, East and West Africa, as well as Mauritius. We expect the partnership to increase Ipswitch's business by recruiting new resellers and working with our established partners across all these regions,” said Michael Hack - Senior Vice President EMEA Operations at Ipswitch. “First Distribution is a perfect fit for Ipswitch, complementing its range of solutions to drive, monitor and manage networks, servers and applications - while helping meet regulatory compliance. This partnership will further enhance performance and security solution offerings to its resellers and customers.”

Ipswitch continues to support IT teams globally in proactively monitoring, receiving alerts and having total visibility of their networks, servers and applications – to proactively view and solve issues. It monitors networks, servers, applications, storage and cloud - anything connected to your network, to ensure IT teams meet the challenges of today’s hybrid environment.

“By partnering with Ipswitch, we also look forward to growing the African MSP business,” said Debbie Abrahall, Managing Director of First Distribution. “First Distribution is leading the way in building and expanding the MSP and hosted offerings by working in partnership with our large local MSPs.”

Ipswitch expects to double the growth in the African market by the end of 2018.


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About First Distribution
First Distribution is a value added distributor of leading global brands, providing complex ICT solutions to the Enterprise and SME markets, focused around the datacentre, Virtualisation, Hosted Applications and Cloud Based Services, Database and Middleware, Security and Network Infrastructure, backed up by unparalleled expertise. As South Africa's leading distributor for datacentre, enterprise and cloud solutions, First Distribution's model is based on delivering solutions through a well-established reseller base. This stable base has been built up through a history of consistent, trustworthy service and nurturing resellers as business partners. For more information on First Distribution, visit:

About Ipswitch
With over 1 million users from 42,000 companies managing more than 150,000 networks in 116 countries, Ipswitch designs and develops industry-leading software that enables the easy delivery of 24/7 performance and security across cloud, virtual and on-premise environments. IT teams worldwide rely on 25 years of innovation to optimize and secure business transactions, applications and infrastructure with Ipswitch MOVEit® secure file transfer, Ipswitch WhatsUp® Gold network monitoring and Ipswitch WS_FTP®. Available directly or through strategic alliances with leading IT vendors and the company’s fast-growing global partner ecosystem, Ipswitch’s wide portfolio improves application and network performance, monitors diverse IT environments and ensures secure exchange of data that meets PCI, HIPAA, GDPR and other industry and government data security and regulatory requirements.

The company has offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit or connect on LinkedIn and Twitter. To learn about Ipswitch’s strategic alliances or global network of partners, visit

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