Westcon Group integrates Brocade into LEAP program

 Westcon Group integrates Brocade into LEAP program

Distributor Westcon Group has announced the full integration of Brocade products into the distributor’s LEAP “Centers of Excellence” in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 2010, each LEAP (Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan) Center is engineered to replicate a real-world data center. This allows for actionable testing of scenarios that customers face when deploying virtualization and private cloud infrastructures.Key products operating within the training center now include those from the Brocade NetIron router, BigIron switch, TurboIron top-of-rack switch and FastIron switch portfolios. Also included are ServerIron ADX and Brocade 6510, as well as the Brocade VDX 6720 data center switches.

“While virtualization and cloud computing are certainly top-of-mind for many companies, most have little insight as to how it will actually perform within their infrastructures,” said Andrew Warren, Vice President, Westcon Group. “To understand the impact of virtualization, partners require a highly interactive, hands-on experience that mirrors their customers’ real-world data center environments. That’s where our LEAP initiative comes in.”

Westcon’s LEAP Centers permit resellers to test and experience an array of high-growth solutions, including high-performance virtualized computing platforms, virtualization-enabled core switching, virtualization provisioning, network virtualization, LAN and Storage Area Network (SAN) switching platforms, application networking, virtualized unified communications, virtualized applications, and unified data center management. Full functionality is available both on-site and via remote access.

This announcement builds on the companies’ recently expanded agreement, enabling Westcon to offer both the Brocade IP/Ethernet and SAN networking portfolios in key markets worldwide. Together, the company’s IP/Ethernet networking and SAN products are the foundation for Brocade One — an innovative approach to designing networks and helping customers smoothly transition to a world where information and applications reside anywhere.

“Brocade cloud-optimized networking technologies provide a solid foundation for customers looking to deploy virtualized and cloud-based solutions within their data center environments,” said Laurie Potratz, Senior Director of Americas Channel Sales, Brocade. “The inclusion of Brocade products within Westcon’s LEAP Centers is a valuable addition that will enable resellers and their customers to not only experience the advanced capabilities of these products first-hand, but also to understand how they interoperate with other technologies to ensure a smooth, trouble-free implementation at the customer site.”

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