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Westcon Group Extends Relationship with Brocade

October 11, 2011

To speed development and offer comprehensive data solutions,Westcon Group and Brocade have extended their partnership. Westcon Group, a distributor of category-leading unified communications, infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers will announce the full integration of Brocade products into the distributor's LEAP "Centers of Excellence" in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 2010, each LEAP (Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan) Center is engineered to replicate a real-world data center.

According to a press release, this allows for actionable testing of scenarios that customers face when deploying virtualization and private cloud infrastructures.

"While virtualization and cloud computing are certainly top-of-mind for many companies, most have little insight as to how it will actually perform within their infrastructures," said Andrew Warren, Vice President, Westcon Group. "To understand the impact of virtualization, partners require a highly interactive, hands-on experience that mirrors their customers' real-world data center environments. That's where our LEAP initiative comes in."

Westcon and Brocade offers a glimpse into this new functionality -- incorporating solutions ranging from switches and backbone routers to wireless LAN.

"Brocade cloud-optimized networking technologies provide a solid foundation for customers looking to deploy virtualized and cloud-based solutions within their data center environments," said Laurie Potratz, Senior Director of Americas Channel Sales, Brocade. "The inclusion of Brocade products within Westcon's LEAP Centers is a valuable addition that will enable resellers and their customers to not only experience the advanced capabilities of these products first-hand, but also to understand how they interoperate with other technologies to ensure a smooth, trouble-free implementation at the customer site."

Mandira Srivastava is a unified communications contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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