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Parallel thinking as Ingram Micro signs Apple deal

16 Jul 13

Fresh from unveiling a new channel app, Ingram Micro is in the news again after signing a distribution agreement with Parallels in New Zealand.

Terms of the deal will see the distributor take charge of Parallels range of desktop virtualisation software in the country.

A household name amongst Mac users for its Parallels Desktop for Mac software, Kelly Eyerman, GM ANZ, Apple Division for Ingram Micro says Parallels desktop virtualisation products are a very strong addition to the company’s Apple-compatible solutions.

“We’ve been working hard to create a really complete ecosystem of solutions for our Apple resellers, and pulling together absolute best-of-breed Apple compatible hardware and software products," she says.

"As the leading solution for Mac users looking to run Windows programs, Parallels Desktop for Mac strongly complements the range of Apple compatible products we can offer to our resellers."

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is the no.1 selling desktop virtualisation solution for Mac users, enabling people to simultaneously run Mac and Windows applications, as well as guest operating systems including Windows 8, Mountain Lion and Google Chrome OS and more on Mac without the need to reboot.

“Partnering with Ingram Micro enables Parallels to broaden our reach to Apple resellers in New Zealand and provide more enterprises, businesses and consumers with the benefits of our award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac software," says Kevin Greely, Channel manager, Parallels ANZ.

"We look forward to working closely with Ingram to leverage growth opportunities in New Zealand.”

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is NZ$104.95; the MSRP of the Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition is NZ$134.95 and the academic edition has an MSRP of NZ$69.95.

The distribution agreement takes effect immediately, and Eyerman says Ingram Micro, who recently signed a distribution deal with local mobile accessories specialist Bojak, has stock available in its warehouse now.