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Comstor adds IronPort to line-up, hands boss over to Westcon

Alex Scroxton
Comstor has announced it is making the Cisco IronPort portfolio available to its SME-facing line-up in the UK and Europe.

The distributor has been running Cisco certification training and workshops with a few select dealers for some months now, and is now targeting certified SME partners with IronPort's email and web security kit.

Comstor president Jon Pritchard and Cisco IronPort channel leader Ankur Bhatnagar said the traditionally enterprise-centric IronPort range was just as suited to the SME environment as to the world of big business.

"Spam is clearly not only an issue for large organisations; 90% of emails in every business are estimated to be spam and with email volumes doubling year-on-year, it is a problem that will only increase in severity," said Bhatnagar.

Separately, Comstor's worldwide executive vice president Bill Corbin is crossing the floor to take up a newly-created global role at parent Westcon.

Corbin will now take up the role of executive vice president of global vendor relationships and will continue to report to CEO Dean Douglas.

"The ability to leverage our extraordinary geographic presence while optimising our global vendor partnerships is a critical component to our future success," Douglas remarked.

He added that Corbin's re-deployment would ensure Westcon's key vendor relationships were "fully integrated at the local, regional and global level."

The convergence distributor said that Corbin had taken a major role in building up Comstor's close relationship with Cisco in recent years.

He will now be charged with applying the same model to Westcon's vendors, which include Avaya, Check Point, Extreme, Juniper and Trend Micro.

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