SOURCE: Westcon Group, Inc.

March 03, 2008 11:06 ET

Westcon Group Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Easynet

Westcon Convergence to Deliver Convergence-Oriented Network Services to U.K.-Based Resellers Focused on Enterprise and Mid-Markets

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced an exclusive agreement with Easynet, an international managed networks and hosting company based in the United Kingdom. As a result of the agreement, Westcon Convergence is able to provide powerful network services to its entire reseller base.

The upsurge in convergent technologies is responsible for the increased reliance businesses are placing on their networks to enable them to operate efficiently in today's highly competitive marketplace. Easynet's entire portfolio, including its market-leading MPLS Network, will be carried through Westcon Convergence, and will also be offered through Westcon's Comstor and Westcon Security business practices in the near future.

David Grant, Vice President and General Manager, Westcon Convergence, commented: "Services are an integral part of a convergence-oriented value proposition. With the UK's second largest network, Easynet will help us to open up new business opportunities and deliver a greater solution sale opportunity for our customers, carrying with it greater margin opportunities."

"Westcon and Easynet share a common philosophy in that we really take time to understand our channel partners and work with them to achieve their business goals," added Alan Ryan, global alliances director of Easynet. "We are very pleased to start providing services to the channel through Westcon and with our combined experience and expertise we can make a very positive impact to the channel."

Charles Whelpton, Director of Redwood, a U.K.-based reseller, said: "At Redwood, we like to work with the best of breed suppliers such as Avaya. We feel that Easynet has one of the highest quality IP networks in the UK and Europe and therefore provides a complementary service within our portfolio of convergence solutions. We have a well established relationship with Westcon through our Avaya business and we look forward to extending this."

About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, 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 www.westcongroup.com.

About Easynet

Easynet is an international managed networks and hosting company, delivering superbly managed solutions for businesses and enterprises. Owning extensive national and international network and hosting infrastructure, the company sets itself apart through customer service excellence. Easynet's approach is underpinned by professional excellence in understanding, designing, delivering, and managing customer solutions, its ability to work successfully with partners, and its attention to quality. Easynet currently has operations across Europe and also has an operation in Shanghai, China.

The company works hard to ensure its customers are its best advocates. Customers include the Ford Motor Company, Kia Motors, Calor, Tchibo and Kellogg Italia.

Easynet is part of the British Sky Broadcasting group, which has a total market capitalisation of £11bn. Easynet is the Official Networking and Hosting Company of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). For more information, visit www.easynet.com.

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