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CDW opens government office

CDW Computer Centers Inc. last week announced a new subsidiary devoted to the government market, CDW Government Inc. William Shafley has been named as vice president of sales.

CDWG's national sales office will be headquartered in Chantilly, Va., and will include a field sales force along with a contract bid team. The company will offer products on the General Services Administration schedule, through open market purchases, blanket purchase agreements and other bid contracts.

CDWG launched a dedicated World Wide Web site, www.cdwg.com, for direct purchases over the Internet of the company's more than 30,000 computer products. Customers can also access their purchase history and find out the status of their order online.

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SMAC adds printers to GSA sked

SMAC Data Systems Inc., a Gaithersburg, Md.-based PC-maker that sells largely to government customers, has signed a three-year partnership with QMS Inc. under which SMAC will add QMS' laser network printers to its General Services Administration schedule.

The five QMS products that have been added to SMAC's GSA schedule are the QMS Magicolor 2 CX, the EX color laser printer, the QMS 2060 laser printer, the QMS 2425 Turbo EX laser printer and the QMS 4060 laser printer. Prices range from $1,699 to $15,000.

The Air Force is among the federal customers that have expressed interest in the QMS laser printer, a spokeswoman for SMAC said.

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Axent unveils security for Citrix

Axent Technologies Inc. announced last week that its ThinDefender thin-client security application is available for Citrix Systems Inc.'s WinFrame and MetaFrame environments.

ThinDefender provides user authentication for sessions on a Citrix WinFrame server or on a Microsoft Corp. Windows Terminal Server with Citrix MetaFrame within the network. It includes the ThinDefender agent on the server, a client interface on the Citrix client, a handheld or software token and the Defender Security Server. The ThinDefender can be downloaded at www.axent.com/thindefender.

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MicroAge announces acquisitions

Phoenix-based systems integrator MicroAge Integration Co. has announced the acquisition of two integrators.

MicroAge Integration acquired Integration Partners Inc., based in Cincinnati, and Centric Resources Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif. Terms of the acquisitions were not revealed.

Integration Partners employs more than 40 people in Cincinnati and provides information technology products and services to large and medium-size businesses there. Centric Resources employs 85 people and focuses on providing value-added solutions to its customer base.

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