Cirencester, UK – October 10, 2012 – 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 the company’s Comstor business unit has signed a partnership with UCi2i. Working alongside this channel-focused video managed service provider, Comstor will facilitate the creation of additional partner revenue streams based on video conferencing managed services.
As a dedicated service-provider for business-class video collaboration, UCi2i is defining a new type of managed video service provider – the Video Carrier. The company’s high-definition video network permits individuals to connect with one another regardless of device, location or network. Users can collaborate through a variety of cost effective, fixed priced service plans – without requiring the additional investment of infrastructure or people.
According to industry analysts, the worldwide video conferencing market is expected to exceed $14 billion by 2017. This growth is mostly driven by demand for global businesses to more effectively communicate face-to-face in a secure, high definition environment. Rapid customer adoption is backed by the technology’s ability to drive significant cost savings – powering companies to deploy more video, allowing them to become more agile, mobile and productive.
“Video conferencing is exploding as global businesses see cost and efficiency savings gained by leveraging unified communications,” said Andreas Dohmen, Executive Vice President EMEA, Comstor. “UCi2i has proven its leadership in this space, allowing customers to become more productive via dynamic seamless communication. Together, we’re transforming the manner in which businesses visually and collaboratively stay connected – all whilst giving resellers access to a massive market opportunity.”
For more than 25 years, Comstor has remained dedicated to helping reseller partners worldwide accelerate their businesses utilizing Cisco and related partner solutions across a range of unified communications, networking, collaboration, and datacenter technologies. Comstor provides the services and support necessary for partners to build new businesses associated with unified communications.
“At UCi2i, our business is aimed at building strong channels and creating superior value-add through cloud-based services and applications that enhance user experience, stimulate demand and increase partner margins. Our enterprise-class, managed videoconferencing-as-a-service is an affordable, scalable and universally-accessible platform,” said Michael Grant, Founder and Group Operations Director, UCi2i. “As Westcon is a proven distributor of Cisco collaboration technology, this partnership makes perfect sense. Together, we’ll help Cisco partners and customers make the most of all that visual communication has to offer.”
New service plans are available both off-the-shelf and customized to meet the specific requirements of any business. Today’s agreement is tied to the Cisco TPaaS, ATP TP, TP SMB and Partner Core Bridge Programs -- a collaborative services infrastructure designed for Cisco TelePresence -- as well as Comstor’s collaboration club and mentor program. Smart-net support services are offered by Comstor in conjunction with Cisco.
For more information on Comstor and UCi2i, resellers must log on to www.comstor.com or www.comstor.co.uk. For up-to-the-minute discussions on Comstor, please visit our Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/comstorworldwide or www.facebook.com/westcongroup -- or login to LinkedIn, copy, and paste this link to join the Westcon fan page at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4148912&trk=hb_side_g.
UCi2i is the world’s first global, independent and vendor agnostic Video Managed Services Provider, headquartered in London and Hong Kong. Founded in 2009, UCi2i enables you to communicate face to face, through secure and high definition video, wherever you are. For more information please visit www.uci2i.com
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. The company’s Comstor business unit is dedicated solely to global distribution of Cisco offerings. 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.comstor.com, www.comstor.co.uk or www.westcongroup.com.
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