Tech Data Certified As Advanced Technology Distributor For Cisco Unified Computing Solution

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced its expanded relationship with Cisco in the Data Center space, achieving certification as a Cisco Advanced Technology Distributor for the Cisco Unified Computing System (ATD-UCS).

This new certification empowers Tech Data to register Cisco UCS deals on behalf of non-certified two-tier partners, while they are in the process of becoming certified, using a Cisco-approved exception process, and allows Tech Data to offer and perform on-site installation services for Cisco UCS.

"Tech Data is dedicated to enabling our solution providers to profitably grow their Cisco practices," said Angie Beltz, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data. "As the Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data continues to focus on new opportunities to expand our Data Center practice, we are capitalizing on market growth through this next level of certification, which provides new opportunities for our channel partners. The ATD-UCS certification is another way that Tech Data simplifies a complex environment, provides a best-in-class knowledge foundation, and offers high technical competence for our Cisco partners."

The new ATD-UCS certification builds on Tech Data's certification as a Cisco UCS B-Series Authorized Configurator (UBAC) achieved in October 2012. This enabled Tech Data to configure, assemble and test pre-built Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, helping solution providers and value added resellers (VARs) cost-effectively accelerate the delivery of data center solutions. Since earning the build-to-order (BTO) certification, Tech Data's integration business has grown exponentially and has earned numerous customer success stories. 

To earn the Cisco ATD-UCS certification, Tech Data had to deliver $5 million of UCS BTO business through the configuration center with no customer satisfaction issues.

"By achieving the Cisco ATD-UCS certification, Tech Data has demonstrated advanced performance and growth for driving UCS business through the channel," said Julie Hens, Cisco's vice president of U.S. channels distribution. "Tech Data has proven its strength in enablement, configuration, integration and delivery of Cisco UCS solutions, leading to the highest level of certification with the ATD-UCS."

"Cisco's line of UCS servers and storage products are undeniably the best solution for virtualized computing, providing the most memory available in servers today," said Michael P. Kanan, president and chief executive officer at Inacomp Technical Services Group.  "When looking at total cost of ownership for building out virtual environments, Cisco has and will always come out on top of competitive offerings. Cisco's technology, along with Tech Data's ability to build out the full solution and ship to our customer sites, has lifted our business to new heights. In our 30-plus years in business, I've never been more satisfied with Tech Data and Cisco's innovative and collaborative VAR strategy. Together they continue to support and enable our growth in Data Center solutions."

Over the past two years, Tech Data's Cisco Solutions Group has created a best-in-class partner enablement practice through innovative offerings like Momentum, Tech Data's exclusive customized enablement and education tool that helps resellers accelerate their Cisco practices. Tech Data has now taken its Cisco solutions a step further within its Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division, allowing for end-to-end solution-based integration around VSPEX, VDI, FlexPod, and Big Data with vendor partners like EMC, VMware, Red Hat, and SAP. Tech Data is expanding its integration business for enterprise and mid-market solutions while continuing to grow cross-architecture sales for Cisco Collaboration products.  

To learn more about the expanding portfolio of the Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data or to speak with one of Tech Data's dedicated Cisco team members, call (800) 237-8931, ext. 77776, email ciscosales@techdata.com, or visit the Tech Data Cisco Manufacturer Store at www.techdata.com/cisco.  

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 120,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. To learn more, visit www.techdata.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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