Comstor Further Elevates Cisco-Dedicated Portfolio With New Cloud Offering Westcon Group Business Unit Opens Door to Powerful Hosted Collaboration Solution from collab9

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced that its Comstor business unit has signed a new partnership with collab9.  The agreement empowers resellers to develop significant new revenue streams based on cloud-based collaboration technology from Cisco. 

Built on the Cisco® Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) platform, collab9 is ideally suited for Comstor's Cisco® Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization (ACAS) and Advanced Unified Communications (AUC) partners. The Cisco® powered service ensures rapid market entry for cloud-based collaboration, while eliminating costly investments in data center start-up, hardware/software, personnel, 7x24 NOC requirements, and the audit and authorization process.

"This agreement is a key component of Comstor's Cloud Distribution Services (CCDS) – aimed at facilitating new cloud provider service offerings through our award-winning distribution model," said Geoff Fancher, Senior Vice President, Comstor US.  "By accessing one of the most advanced collaboration technologies – based on a feature-rich unified communications platform – partners can put the power of the cloud to work and grow their business."

collab9's secure next-generation cloud-based communications solution is built on the market success of Cisco HCS. The award-winning Cisco platform is an end-to-end solution ensuring partners create powerful cloud services based on a broad range of premier collaboration technologies -- including Unified Communications (UC), voice, presence, Cisco TelePresence® video and Cisco WebEx®.  Channel partners can now offer full Cisco® Collaboration functionality in one predictable user-based subscription model, allowing cloud migration with confidence.  

"At collab9, we've taken the Cisco powered HCS solution to the next level -- adding redundant data centers, existing legacy PBX integration and Internet support to create a highly secure solution that streamlines business communications and collaboration," said Kevin Schatzle, CEO of collab9.  "The addition of Comstor as a value added distributor will enable VARs and MSPs to add significant value to their business and leverage the Cisco-branded and powered solution to their portfolio of cloud offerings, while complementing existing capabilities in on-site professional services and customer support."

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About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Brocade, Polycom, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit www.westcongroup.com.

Media Contact: 
Craig Librett
Westcon Group
(914) 357-1747
craig.librett@westcon.com

SOURCE Westcon Group



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