Comstor adds Meraki to line card after Cisco acquisition

Westcon-owned specialist Comstor adds Meraki solutions to unlock channel cloud management capabilities

Almost a year after its acquisition by Cisco, Meraki’s cloud-managed networking solutions are to be made available to the UK channel through Westcon-owned Cisco house Comstor.

Meraki’s solutions cover a wide-ranging swathe of the networking market, including wireless, switching, security, WAN optimisation and mobile device management, and Cisco is keen to exploit its capabilities in the cloud to help partners lever midmarket cloud networking opportunities, worth as much as $5bn (£3.1bn).

Core features of Meraki’s portfolio include single dashboard network management; total control of users, apps and devices; secure compliant infrastructure; and extreme scalability to up to a million users.

Like Cisco, Comstor has also been expanding its own cloud-based offerings for resellers, and has recently added X-IO in EMEA, as well as PeakColo and collab9 in the North American theatre.

Comstor executive VP of EMEA Andreas Dohmen said the addition of Meraki to its portfolio reflected the coming of age of the cloud, to some extent.

“As the market’s only Cisco-dedicated distributor, Comstor is providing new ways for resellers and customers to grow their business with Meraki,” he said.

“At Comstor we fully expect our deep base of reseller partners to quickly realise new ways to build their business with Cisco,” he added.

Cisco’s Philip Wright, director of EMEAR distribution, added: “Virtualisation and cloud represent significant new growth paths for businesses. Based on a rich history in networking, Cisco and its channel partners are qualified to empower customers to optimise the full cloud experience.

“With the new Cisco Meraki offering, Comstor is demonstrating its commitment to helping partners harness the burgeoning cloud opportunity and deliver a proven cloud-managed networking solution to customers.”

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