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November 2, 2009

Ingram Micro inks deal to distribute Cisco UCS portfolio

Cisco UCS portfolio includes blade servers, rack-mount servers, storage, networking and virtualisation products

By CBR Staff Writer

Ingram Micro has announced its ongoing global support of Cisco’s data center strategy, which includes the recent launch of its Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) portfolio.

The company said that the new Cisco UCS portfolio which consists of the B-series blade servers and C-series rack-mount servers, and additional storage, networking and virtualisation products are available to qualified Cisco channel partners worldwide from Ingram Micro.

In support of the new technologies, Ingram Micro’s technical support teams reportedly have begun a targeted education and enablement series tailored to its service provider partners on Cisco’s UCS portfolio and the importance of the data centre.

Reportedly, within the US and Canada, Cisco’s new UCS portfolio will be supported by a team of data centre personnel inside Ingram Micro’s Cisco Business Units. The Ingram Micro Cisco business units are comprised of sales, marketing and technical staff to cater Cisco channel partners. Cisco’s UCS portfolio will also be featured within the distributor’s two US-based Solution Centers. Live and online Cisco data centre training and education seminars are available to channel partners.

Ken Bast, vice president of vendor management at Ingram Micro, said: Data centre infrastructure is a sizable market opportunity for our channel partners now that the technologies extend from the enterprise all the way down to address the business needs of small-to-mid-sized businesses.

With the addition of Cisco’s new UCS portfolio, Ingram Micro is expanding the addressable market for our channel partners and enabling them to build scalable, cost-effective data centre solutions that fit the unique needs of their clients.

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