Comstor to Drive Adoption of Cisco IPT Solutions

Westcon Group has announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Cistera Networks, a leading provider of advanced IP phone platforms and application engines in the Cisco IP Telephony environment. Under the terms of the agreement, Westcon Group’s Comstor division will distribute, resell, support and maintain all Cistera products for the European Market.

Westcon’s Technology Solutions Group, which was created last year to integrate Westcon Group’s strengths in technology solutions (convergence, security and mobility) with specific business and vertical market applications, identified the value of the Cistera family of products to its overall portfolio.

By providing the Cistera ConvergenceServer (CCS) and its suite of applications for Cisco’s CallManager and CallManagerExpress, Comstor will help solution providers design deployments that are easy to integrate and install, while delivering the applications that customers need to enhance their productivity and extend the capabilities of the IP Communications network. Cistera’s applications platform adds critical functionality and features such as broadcasting, messaging, recording and content streaming within a Cisco Communications environment. Cistera ConvergenceServersT can be configured to support small, medium and enterprise installations, and by linking multiple applications to CallManager and CallManagerExpress, they provide seamless integration of an IPT solution.

Jon Pritchard, general manager, Comstor UK, commented: “Cistera’s application gateways operate seamlessly with Cisco’s CallManager and CallManager Express and can be part of a very compelling, business relevant IP-based solution. These products are very flexible and can be configured to suit the business need, whether it be SMB branch offices or larger enterprise environments.”

A. Katrina Roche, CEO of Cistera Networks, added: “We are very pleased to announce this relationship with Comstor, and to be among the elite group of companies recognised by them as a ‘strategic best-in-class’ solution enabling operational excellence and unsurpassed compatibility with networks built using Cisco equipment.” Roche continued, “Comstor currently acts as the distributor for a substantial amount of Cisco’s business in Europe and this partnership will allow us to leverage their existing channel infrastructure, their relationships with Value Added Resellers and their key local language expertise to rapidly grow our presence in the European market.

Carrie Williams, Sales Consultant, at Oxspring Network Solutions, a reseller in Sheffield, UK added, “Comstor’s partnership with Cistera and Cistera ConvergenceServer will provide us with significant competitive advantage when selling and implementing Cisco IP Communication deals.”

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