Partnership Gives EMEA Resellers Full Access to Unique, Zero-Touch High Performance Storage Solutions

Cirencester, UK, September 24, 2013 – Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced its Comstor business unit has signed an agreement with X-IO.  Effective immediately, Cisco resellers across EMEA have the ability to drive accelerated revenue via access to “Intelligent Storage Element” technology from X-IO.

The announcement ensures resellers can meet increased customer demand for cost-effective, high-performance storage solutions supporting data center and cloud initiatives.  The initial partnership is aimed at the UK, France, and Germany – and is expected to expand across EMEA during the next several months.

“Comstor offers a unique value proposition for resellers looking to drive data center and cloud practices.  As one of the only distributors focused on Cisco technology, we’re eliminating multiple distractions associated with choosing the right competitive cloud platform.  This translates into more time creating premier value-added data center and cloud offerings – as well as faster revenue recognition,” said Russell Blackburn, Senior Director of Data Center Solutions, Comstor EMEA.  “But to accelerate both traditional enterprise data centers and cloud platforms, the infrastructure demands intelligent storage like the X-IO technology.”

With a foundation based on reliability, performance and scalability, X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE), optimizes price and operational efficiency.  Solutions focus on both consistent and accelerated performance via hard disk drives (HDD), or real-time hybrid solutions with enterprise SSDs and HDDs.  X-IO’s unique “Zero Touch” approach and five-year warranty significantly reduce storage costs – meaning strong customer environmental credentials via low power and cooling requirements as opposed to other high performance storage.

Roger Walton, Vice President of X-IO EMEA notes: “Data center and cloud infrastructures demand the highest levels of availability and reliability – and effective, intelligent, and flexible storage is key to making that happen.  Backed by years of development and research, X-IO actually solves real-life storage problems facing partners and their customers globally. As a top distributor of Cisco solutions, Comstor is a core element of our go-to-market; this will allow more resellers to seamlessly build successful cloud practices.”

Comstor’ new cloud offerings for resellers are available immediately.  For more information on the Comstor – X-IO relationship, please visit  For more information on Westcon, please “Like” our Facebook page or track our LinkedIn page.

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon’s teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group’s portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Brocade, Polycom, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit

About X-IO

X-IO is a recognised innovator in the storage industry due to its award-winning Intelligent Storage systems, which leverage over two decades of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. The company’s plug-and-perform Intelligent Storage solutions are customer proven to accelerate transactional, reporting and business intelligence applications by a factor of 3X or more. While dramatically reducing storage costs and footprint, X-IO Intelligent Storage drives extreme performance for virtual desktop and server infrastructures. X-IO solutions have been recognised as SQL Server Magazine and Windows IT Pro’s 2011 Editors’ Best Gold Medal winners, the 2012 Best of TechEd “Hardware and Storage Product” and “Attendees’ Pick” Awards, and inclusion in CRN’s 2012 Data Center 100 List. For more information, please visit


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Craig Librett
Westcon Group
(914) 357-1747

Emily Gallagher
Touchdown PR
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