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Westcon Group Leverages Cross-Divisional Expertise in Delivering Solution for Resellers

TARRYTOWN, NY, October 3, 2006 — Westcon Group, Inc., a multi-national distributor of convergence and IT security solutions, announced that it is engaging its cross-divisional resources where appropriate to help resellers succeed in delivering solutions that integrate two or more foundation vendors. 

Each of the Group’s divisions, Comstor, Voda One and Westcon, are increasingly leveraging one another’s knowledge base, including recently introduced programs such as ConvergencePoint, SecurityPoint and OneDefense -- these programs help increase opportunities for resellers by providing easy access to resources.

For example, Voda One, whose core foundation vendor is Avaya, plans to increase solution provider opportunities requiring an advanced knowledge of Cisco infrastructure by leveraging the expertise of sister division Comstor.  Voda One BusinessPartners can access Comstor’s Cisco-oriented advanced technology expertise and product engineers and therefore participate in multi-vendor opportunities that also involve Avaya communication platforms. 

In a recent sourcing study by U.S.-based channel publication CRN, Westcon Group was rated the leading distributor in the area of product knowledge/expertise.  The Company’s aforementioned programs provide a single point of access to its knowledge pool, while also serving as an interdivisional resource for Comstor, Voda One and Westcon.

Anthony Daley, executive vice president and general manager, the Americas, Westcon Group, explains: “Our customers and partners recognize that most convergence and security opportunities today require a diverse set of vendor technologies and expertise. Through our divisions, one of the clear advantages we offer is the ability to sell and support the most compelling products and services in convergence today.  Increasingly, our resellers have been looking to us to help them engage in more opportunities that combine solutions from a diverse set of vendors – we can help them succeed on this level.”

Roger Junkermier, president of Spokane, WA-based Cerium Networks, commented: “To remain competitive in convergence, we must be able to offer our customers true multi-vendor solutions that impact their businesses.  Westcon Group is the only distributor that is able to offer solutions from the best-in-class convergence manufacturers like Avaya, Cisco and Nortel, and deliver the required configuration and installation expertise.  We look forward to working with Voda One in all of our convergence oriented opportunities moving forward.”

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a global specialty distributor of networking, communications and security equipment for leading technology vendors, including Cisco Systems, Inc., Nortel Networks Corporation and Avaya, Inc.  Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One divisions, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers.  Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity.  For more information, visit www.westcongroup.com.

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Contacts:    
Jeffrey Touzeau   
Westcon Group, Inc.     
(914) 829-7388   
jtouzeau@westcongroup.com

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Jeff Touzeau

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914 829 7388

jtouzeau@westcon.com