Cisco Taps Ingram and Avnet as UCS C-Series Authorized Configurators
First distributors allowed to configure pre-built C-series servers in boost to data center resellers.
Cisco Systems Inc. has granted Unified Computing System C-Series Authorized Configurator (UCAC) status to Ingram Micro Inc. and Avnet Inc., enabling the distributors to configure pre-built C-series servers for sale to channel partners.
Ciscos new UCS technology is working to redefine the data center organization dynamics and will naturally extend the computing boundaries within the new cloud models, said Mario Leone, Ingram chief information officer.
Ciscos UCS technology enables our channel partners to maximize their clients computing-network performance and help reduce total-cost-of-ownership, Leone said.
Data centers are extremely complex environments, and CIOs and IT managers want to work with partners that understand how to develop holistic solutions that specifically address their unique business challenges, said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, Cisco Solutions Group.
As an authorized Cisco configurator, Avnets integration services will enable our channel partners to provide their enterprise and small to-mid-sized (SMB) customers with built-to-order data center and virtualization solutions, Swahn said.
Ingram said that currently it is demonstrating three C-series serversone each at its solutions centers in Buffalo, NY and Millington, TN with the third unit on the road to show channel partners.
The distributor said that it is setting up a new Cisco Data Center, slated to open in the third quarter of this year, at its Buffalo solution center.
Data center infrastructure and services are top of mind with CIOs and fast becoming a competitive differentiator for many, Leone said.
The Cisco-dedicated area, aimed at expanding the vendors presence at the solutions center, will provide customers and channel partners with access to a next-generation data center platform, Ingram said.
In addition, it will offer demonstration and testing capabilities for channel partners to simulate real-life scenarios to customers, company officials said.
Avnet to work closely with channel partners to configure C-series servers
Avnet said that the authorized configurator certification will enable it to configure pre-built C-series servers by integrating processors, memory, hard-drives and adaptors.
The distributor said it will work with VARs and ISVs in the U.S. and Canada to design, build, configure and integrate Ciscos data center portfolio into end-to-end solutions.
Avnet said that a team of solution architects will provide channel partners with services such as custom cabling and racking, application uploading, configuration and testing, virtualization partitioning, operating system installation, custom image loads, database installation, packaging and logistics and maintenance.
The distributor said it will integrate the solutions in its Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Arizona.
An Avnet channel partner praised the distributors new Cisco configurator status.
Ciscos data center vision and Unified Computing System technologies, coupled with Avnets forthcoming ability to integrate Ciscos data center solutions, position us well to deliver more manageable, scalable and efficient data center solutions to our customers, said Greg Hagerl, Cisco product manager, Lewan & Associates, a Denver, CO-based technology integrator.