Cisco taps Netarx as data center provider

Netarx, LLC announced that it has achieved Cisco's data center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status.

December 1, 2009 --Netarx, LLC announced that it has achieved Cisco's data center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status. The designation recognizes Netarx as having fulfilled the training and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in the United States.

"The days of the standalone server are numbered and a new computing paradigm shift is underway," comments Michael Souders, Netarx president and COO. "Virtualization is the disruptive technology leading this move and architecting the right infrastructure will enable businesses to capitalize on these new abilities. Our accreditations as a Cisco data center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider, an EMC Authorized Services Network (ASN) and a VMware Authorized Consulting (VAC) partner demonstrates our ability to help our customers understand and benefit from these new business-enabling capabilities. Netarx is well-positioned to transform and accelerate our customer's business by taking their virtual computing environments to the next step."

The Cisco UCS unites network, computational, storage access and virtualization resources in a single energy-efficient system that the company contends reduces the costs and complexity of information technology (IT) infrastructure, helps extend capital assets and improves business agility well into the future. Billed as a new computing model, the system uses integrated management and combines a "wire once" unified fabric with an industry-standard computing platform to optimize virtualization, reduce the data center's total overall cost and provide dynamic resource provisioning for businesses that are becoming increasingly collaborative, mobile and distributed.

"Taking advantage of an architectural shift in the data center, Cisco's new computing model helps customers transform the data center into a dynamic IT environment with the power to increase productivity, improve efficiency and drive virtualization to an entirely new level," says John Growdon, director, Worldwide Channels Go-to-Market group, at Cisco. "As a Cisco [affiliate], Netarx is a member of an elite ecosystem of industry leaders working with Cisco to stimulate technology innovation, augment service delivery and accelerate the market adoption of unified computing."

To qualify for the Cisco program, Netarx had to meet a number of requirements. These included achieving the Cisco data center and storage networking infrastructure specializations as well as demonstrating mature competencies in server, storage and virtualization technologies.

Cisco's Authorized Technology Provider program is part of that company's go-to-market strategy for emerging and advanced technologies. Cisco says the program helps it to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to sell, deploy and support these technologies.

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