ECS partners with Seagate to grow hard disk distribution portfolio

  • To distribute Seagate’s branded storage solutions
  • ICT storage devices sales expected to reach US$166mil in FY2014

ECS partners with Seagate to grow hard disk distribution portfolioECS Astar Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian-based ICT distributor ECS ICT Bhd, has been appointed by Seagate Technology to distribute the full range of the latter’s branded storage solutions through the ECS Group’s ICT reseller network throughout Malaysia.
These solutions include portable and desktop external hard drives, network attached storage and home entertainment storage solutions, ECS ICT said in a statement.
“We are pleased to add Seagate to our extensive list of ICT products comprising more than 30 renowned brands,” said ECS ICT managing director Foo Sen Chin (pic).
“With our nationwide channel network of more than 4,000 resellers and Seagate’s strong branding, we will ensure that Seagate storage products will be made available to consumers throughout the country.
“As with our other successful collaborations, we will work closely with Seagate to align our objectives and ensure that this partnership will be a fruitful one for both parties,” he added.
Seagate’s portable and desktop external drives deliver advanced features to protect, share and save nearly every aspect of one’s digital life, ECS ICT said in its statement.
The flagship Backup Plus family drives enable one-click local backup, making it easier than ever to back up one’s most valuable digital content.
Seagate Central and Seagate Wireless Plus deliver new ways to enjoy digital photos, music and movies from anywhere, while its complete network attached storage (NAS) solutions help homes and businesses to centralise, backup and access critical files, the company added.
“Adding ECS ICT Berhad to our business enables Seagate’s branded products to reach a broader customer set,” said Teh Ban Seng, senior vice president and managing director, Seagate Asia Pacific and Japan.
“This will also enable customers in Malaysia to have more access to our industry-leading storage products. We are pleased to work closely with ECS ICT Berhad because it shares Seagate's commitment in providing our customers with best-in-class solutions and support,” he added.
Data storage devices are becoming more essential as more data is produced on a daily basis via personal computers and mobile devices. With larger capacity storage devices available at affordable rates, demand for such devices is expected to rise within the next few years, ECS ICT said.
IDC that the ICT storage industry in Malaysia is set to rebound in 2014 with an estimated US$166 million worth of sales, compared with the US$152 million in 2013.
“We believe that the ICT storage industry is still very much in expansionary mode and holds much prospect going forward,” said Foo.
“Users will require bigger capacities to store their data like documents, pictures and videos in order to ensure that it can be retrieved later on.
“Thus this partnership with Seagate is timely as together, we believe we can seize these growth opportunities going forward,” he added.
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