Tech Data Opens Cisco Unified Computing System B- And C-Series Data Center

August 12, 2010 by  

Web Host ServicesCLEARWATER, FL – Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD)today announced that resellers now have access to the new Cisco Unified Computing System data center in its 6,000-square-foot technology solutions center. The facility – a first of its kind in the channel – is the latest addition to the Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data, and will enable Cisco resellers to familiarize their sales and technical teams, as well as their customers with the Cisco Unified Computing System™ B- and C-Series Server technology.

“Tech Data is the first distributor to provide resellers with hands-on access to Cisco Unified Computing System B- and C-Series Servers,” said Tech Data Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Chuck Bartlett. “By bringing their teams to the Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data, resellers will be able see the Cisco UCS in action and understand how these solutions – which combine server, storage, networking and virtualization technologies – can fundamentally change their customers’ data center and networking strategies to create a much more efficient and cost-effective IT infrastructure.”

Tech Data dedicated additional space and installed more than $1 million worth of new equipment in the Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data, including eight Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers, two Cisco UCS C-Series rack-mount servers, two Cisco Nexus® 7000 switches, two Cisco Nexus 5000 switches, two Cisco MDS 9134 fibre channel switches, a Cisco MDS 9222i fibre channel switch, and two Cisco UCS 6120 fabric interconnects. In addition, the Cisco UCS data center includes the EMC CLARiiON storage system, VMware vSphere™ and VMware View™ virtualization platforms, and APC power and cooling solutions to demonstrate a fully optimized data center environment.

“The Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data is a valuable resource for our partners, exposing them to the latest Cisco solutions,” said Julie Hens, vice president of U.S. Channels Distribution, Cisco. “The addition of the Cisco Unified Computing System B- and C-Series Servers ensures the center remains a premier solutions demo and education facility, and we encourage Cisco channel partners to take full advantage of it.”

Tech Data also is fully authorized to custom configure Cisco Unified Computing System C-Series Servers on behalf of its customers. This is the latest addition to Tech Data’s TDIntegration services for Cisco resellers, which already include the company’s Cisco Advanced Integration Services. Resellers can have Cisco hardware quickly and cost-effectively configured and drop-shipped to their customers. Additionally, Tech Data is the only distributor with ISO 9001:2000 certified custom hardware configuration facilities on the East and West Coasts, creating the channel’s most efficient distribution network for custom-configured Cisco solutions.

Cisco Solutions On Display
The 900-square-foot Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data now features more than $2 million worth of IT equipment. In addition to the new Cisco Unified Computing System data center, all Cisco solutions available through the channel are represented in the facility. That includes Cisco’s traditional switching and routing technology, indoor and outdoor wireless, unified communications, network security, digital media and video surveillance. Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data trainings are a free service available to all Tech Data customers. The center also is fully equipped to support remote, expert-led solutions demonstrations for resellers to train their Cisco sales and technical professionals, as well as to introduce Cisco solutions to their customers.

Changing How Cisco Resellers Do Business
Cisco resellers are supported by Tech Data’s Cisco Solutions Group, which comprises of dozens of specially trained Cisco experts, including inside and field sales professionals and systems engineers, as well as business development, channel marketing and product management specialists, all working in close consultation with in-house and field-based Cisco representatives. Tech Data provides Cisco resellers with the channel’s broadest array of services and support tailored to their specific needs. These services include the Cisco Solutions Center at Tech Data, CapacityBuilder, the exclusive SMARTattach automated SMARTnet registration tool and Tech Data’s Cisco Advanced Integration Services.

About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ GS: TECD) is one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products from leading IT hardware and software producers. Tech Data serves more than 125,000 IT solution providers in over 100 countries. Every day, these resellers depend on Tech Data to cost-effectively support the technology needs of end users, including small and medium businesses (SMB), large enterprises and government agencies. Ranked 109th on the FORTUNE 500(R), Tech Data generated $22.1 billion in net sales for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2010. To learn more, visit

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