Westcon Group names Chris Ranger VP EMEA Services
Network, security and telecom VAD Westcon Group has named Chris Ranger Vice President of Services for EMEA. The appointment underscores a heightened commitment to delivering consistent, premier value-added services across the company's lines of business – including its Cisco-dedicated business unit, Comstor. Ranger brings to Westcon more than 25 years of experience in executive service leadership across a range of high technology industries. Formerly with Intermec Technologies, he led transformation of the company's services business from an in-house repair operation to successful outsourced model. He was directly responsible for building Intermec's profitable services business in EMEA with a core focus on partner strategies and consistency. In his new role, Ranger is responsible for services across the unified communications, network infrastructure and security business practices. He is tasked with formalizing the company's services model and execution – including training, post-sales support and technical audit services. Westcon offers a full range services – from global procurement to executive selling - helping partners streamline business and build new revenue streams. The company's Global Procurement Services (GPS) manages the complex aspects of international warehousing, shipping, import/export and integration. An industry first, Westcon's Executive Relevance Selling (ERS) is a strategic marketing and sales enablement program designed to create qualified Cisco proposals at the executive level. These services - along with smart logistics capabilities and reverse logistics offerings - are designed to augment, not compete, with the capabilities of Westcon partners.
Comstor hires from Avaya
Germany: Carsten Schulz, who was Germany Distribution Sales Manager for Avaya, has been hired as commercial director by Cisco VAD Comstor.
Comstor expands in region
Germany: Cisco specialist Comstor has opened a regional sales office in Düsseldorf, to cover more efficiently the western part of the country. The distributor has also hired Stefan Seier as manager, in charge of the local sales team.
Comstor introduces ExpressPod
Following on from the success of FlexPod's integrated solution for next generation virtual Data Centers, Cisco & NetApp have extended their reach with the announcement of the low cost, easy to deploy ExpressPod. ExpressPod has been designed with price in mind for customers with a smaller data center, and a smaller budget. This infrastructure solution is based on Cisco UCS-C rack mount servers, NetApp FAS2000 series storage, VMware vSphere and Cloupia Management. It is available in two configurations: small (up to 50 virtual machines) and medium (up to 100 virtual machines). ExpressPod is available through Cisco VAD Comstor in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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Westcon Solutions launches new operations in Asia
China: security and network VAD Westcon Solutions, a part of Westcon Group, has expanded its global reach with new operations in China. The company's operations in China will be led by Sales Director Alan Zhu, who will report directly to Wilson Ho, managing director Westcon Solutions.