Cisco data centre demos a new LEAP for Comstor


Cisco data centre demos a new LEAP for Comstor

Alex Scroxton
Cisco distributor Comstor has lifted the wraps on a data centre proof-of-concept demo and training centre in Brussels based around Cisco's Unified Compute (UCS) architecture.

Called LEAP (Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan), the pan-European centre provides selected Cisco resellers with an opportunity to train, plan and model virtualised data centre infrastructures, as well as walking potential customers through simulated scenarios faced in deploying such installations.

Comstor will at first target around 50 key partners in the UK - including names such as 2e2 and Dimension Data - with exclusive access to a newly developed partner programme designed around the demo centre.

However, Comstor Europe data centre director Russell Blackburn told MicroScope: "Access to the LEAP centre itself is open to all Cisco partners and we will do our best to accommodate them."

Cisco head of data centre and virtualisation for the UK and Ireland, Jim DeHaven said he hoped the scheme would help the channel ramp up deployment of UCS in the midmarket and commercial sectors.

"We are seeing great adoption and the most rapid growth is in the commercial space. Enterprises have tended to sit back and wait," he said.

Resellers will also have the ability to test complementary solutions in the demo centres, including kit and applications from its vBlock partners EMC and VMware.

Comstor added that in recognition of the fact few data centres are currently built around a single vendor, it can also accommodate solutions from Cisco competitors such as HP and IBM.

Further centres are to be opened in the coming months, Comstor said this afternoon.

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