SOURCE: Westcon Group, Inc.

April 23, 2008 08:30 ET

Westcon Group Europe and AirMagnet Sign Distribution Agreement

Addition of Wireless Survey, Management, Monitoring and Compliance Tools Accelerates Deployment of Enterprise Class Wireless LAN (WLAN) Infrastructures

LONDON--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence, and AirMagnet, a leading global provider of IDS/IPS solutions for wireless networks, announced a distribution agreement in which Westcon will now offer AirMagnet's entire line of innovative solutions including its flagship products, AirMagnet Laptop Analyzer and AirMagnet Survey, to its network of focused resellers in Europe and the Middle East with an initial focus on the French & Spanish markets.

AirMagnet's tools, which customers can learn about on Westcon Group's technology solutions portals, help customers overcome and resolve wireless LAN deployment issues to minimise security risks while maximising performance and productivity. With over 7,000 customers, AirMagnet's security, performance and compliance solutions for wireless LANs are considered the standard tool for wireless LAN trouble shooting and analysis.

"WLAN deployments in enterprises are often difficult to plan, deploy and manage with the same granularity as their wired equivalents; security concerns and compliance issues have also served as a barrier to mass adoption in the workplace," commented Guy Koster, vice president of Westcon Group's Technology Solutions Group. "AirMagnet products are the enabling tools to overcome end user deployment, management and compliance challenges; we are very excited about the opportunities this new relationship will create for our customers."

Ian Schenkel, managing director EMEA of AirMagnet, added, "Two compelling factors make WLAN an exciting market to be in right now. First, the availability of 802.11n WLAN products put wireless on par with wired infrastructure; and second, enterprise adoption of WLAN remains below 20% in most markets. Consequently, we believe that the market is set to develop substantially over the next 12 to 18 months. Our distribution agreement with Westcon will help to drive growth by enabling systems integrators and customers to easily and confidently plan and deploy secure, manageable wireless infrastructure."

Jacob Mechaly, Directeur Général of Paris, France-based wireless specialist reseller Avirnet, commented, "Demand for wireless infrastructure is growing exponentially within our customer base. The combination of AirMagnet's tools and Westcon Group's wireless and mobility solutions will make it easy for us to exploit the exciting opportunities these markets represent."

About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor of networking, security, mobility and convergence equipment for leading technology vendors, including Cisco Systems, Inc., Nortel Networks Corporation and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Noxs divisions, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit

About AirMagnet

AirMagnet Inc. is the leader in security, performance and compliance solutions for wireless LANs. The company's innovative products include AirMagnet Enterprise, the leading 24x7 WLAN security and performance management solution, and AirMagnet Laptop Analyzer -- which is known as the "de facto tool for wireless LAN troubleshooting and analysis." Other products provide WLAN site survey and design, RF interference detection, remote diagnostics, and the world's first voice over WiFi analysis solution. AirMagnet has more than 7,000 customers worldwide, including 75 of the Fortune 100. The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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