Alcatel joins with Zycko to expand into the enterprise SAN market

10 September 2003 London Lightwave Europe -- Alcatel has announced the signature of a distribution agreement with Zycko, a distributor of professional services and storage solutions to foster the delivery of optical storage area networking (SAN) equipment in the UK.

Sep 10th, 2003

10 September 2003 Cirencester, UK -- Alcatel has announced the signature of a distribution agreement with Zycko, a distributor of professional services and storage solutions to foster the delivery of optical storage area networking (SAN) equipment in the UK.

The agreement enables Alcatel to expand its market penetration by finding specialised channel partners to local markets, as well as enter new business segments, making Zycko a key distributor for Alcatel's SAN optical solutions.

Alcatel's metro DWDM and CWDM systems - the Alcatel 1696 Metro Span family and 1692 Metro Span Edge - will provide a versatile platform to support SAN applications efficiently and reliably. These managed solutions offer the capacity needed to meet the huge bandwidth demands of enterprises' storage requirements.

Mark Crocker, Marketing Director at Zycko, said, "Our distribution agreement with Alcatel completes our solutions aggregation portfolio enabling us to offer end-to-end SAN solutions in addition to our first-class support to ease SAN purchasing and installation."

"Storage area networking offers the most efficient solution to the growing challenge for reliable, resilient and accessible storage of data, which is today a pressing concern for all businesses," said Charles Matthews, CEO of Alcatel in the UK. "We chose Zycko to expand our reach into the enterprise market because of their outstanding track record and reputation. "

Zycko
Zycko is a global distributor of networking, storage and server accessories and a training provider with operations across the United States and Europe. Founded in 1999, Zycko has pioneered a revolution in IT network storage by developing a cost-effective range of open systems storage solutions in partnership with leading manufacturers and storage support specialists.

The company calls this approach "Networked Storage" and it is designed to offer end users enterprise-class storage technology at realistic prices. Zycko's networked storage offers the existing networking Channel and its traditional Channel base of resellers a major opportunity to leverage their existing skills and customer bases to achieve significant incremental revenues by opening up a new avenue of sales and marketing potential.

Based in Cirencester, Zycko operates internationally through offices in Minneapolis MN, Berlin Germany, Sandefjord Norway and Johannesburg South Africa. Zycko has over 100 employees and achieves an average annual turnover of USD 57 million.

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