GCI Broadens Capabilities with Addition of New SDN Vendor Partnerships


With new software-defined networking (SDN) solutions onboard, the value-added distributor strengthens its position in the future of network traffic control


OLDSMAR, Fla. – April #, 2016 Global Convergence Inc. (GCI), the value-added distributor specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, has announced that it has bolstered its SDN business by partnering with Nuage Networks and Alcatel Lucent (both now under Nokia), Alcatel Lucent Enterprise and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT). The move fast-tracks GCI’s growth and international expansion in SDN, which allows companies to benefit from easier-to-manage networks and reduced administrative burden.

“SDN gives businesses the ability to virtualize networks in a way that’s easy to configure and maintain,” said Jim Bradshaw, CEO and chairman of the board of GCI. “Enterprises are spending more on SDN this year than ever before because they see the value in the improved agility it provides. That is why, at GCI, we are committed to being on the cutting edge of this technology through partnerships with the best in the field.”

Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a leader in hyperscale data center technology, is the most recent SDN vendor to partner with GCI. Alcatel Lucent, an IP networking, ultra broadband access and cloud technology specialist, delivers its SDN solutions under the brands Nuage Networks, VitalQIP and Vital Suite. And Alcatel Lucent Enterprise, which specializes in communications, networking and cloud solutions for businesses of all sizes, rounds out the SDN group. Nuage Networks delivers a scalable SDN solution that ensures the datacenter and wide area network are able to respond instantly to demand. The four new vendors are joining existing SDN/hybrid cloud solution partners MRV and Kemp Technologies.

Key Figures on Growing SDN Market

According to a report by SDxCentral, the combined revenue of SDN, NFV (network function virtualization) and other next-generation networking initiatives will exceed $105B per year by 2020. The report stated that these technologies are expected to influence almost 80% of purchasing decisions associated with all networking revenue by the end of 2020. Additionally:

  • Cloud providers are expected to grow from $7B spend in 2015 to nearly $43B by 2020
  • Telcos are expected to grow from approximately $4B spend in 2015 to almost $26B in 2020
  • The small and medium business segments, accounting for about $300M spend in 2015, will each reach $2B annually by 2020

About Global Convergence Inc.

Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring innovative and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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