The Horizon Group has shut down its UK reseller operation, Open Systems, in a consolidation move that will result in 12 redundancies.
The unit that focuses on Sun Microsystems products will be closed and its remaining resources transferred to its Warrington-based distribution arm, Clarity.
"The reseller business of Horizon is being closed down and the resources are being moved to Clarity. Horizon will no longer have any end-user-facing activity in the UK," said Simon Welch, group marketing manager at Clarity.
Basil Bailey, group marketing director at the company, said this move was not due to poor sales.
"In reality our Sun business has done very well in the UK and we have grown it significantly, and to focus on that we decided to move all the business to Clarity to get better effectiveness."
Chris Sarfas, sales manager for enterprise channel partners at Sun Microsystems, confirmed this. "[Horizon] has increased its Sun sales from zero to tens of millions in the last 15 months."
Separately, in May iPlanet will terminate its contract with distributor Unipalm, making Clarity its only authorised iPlanet distributor in the UK.
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