Westcon Group Named EMEA Distributor of the Year by F5 Networks

European Security Division Singled Out for Unmatched Support of F5 UNITY partners across Europe


From left to right:
Dean Darwin F5 VP of Worldwide Channel Sales – Daniel Hurel Executive General Manager Westcon Security France - Sander Nieuwstraten General Manager Westcon Security Netherlands – Geert Busse Westcon Security European F5 Product Manager – Sergio Manidi General Manager Westcon Security Italy – Michael Schoenrock  F5's director of channel and alliances in EMEA - Willem de Haan Vice President Westcon Group – Niall McGrane General Manager Wescton Security UK.

Houten, Netherlands –June  20th, 2012 - 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 has been named “2011 EMEA Distributor of the Year” by F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV).  Westcon Security Europe was among the top honorees recognised during F5’s annual Agility Summit, hosted in London on 12th – 13th June.

The annual awards program acknowledges those partners best demonstrating superior account management in identifying and pursuing new sales opportunities, providing technical resources for customers and prospects, and staying current on the latest technologies in the F5 solution portfolio.  In selecting Westcon Group, F5 executives stressed the company’s superior sales and technical support – as well as the distributor’s exceptional growth in 2011.

Willem de Haan, Vice President, Westcon Europe, commented:  “F5 solutions are widely recognized as the market’s top application delivery control networking products, helping enterprise and service provider customers realize the true value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT.  The company’s UNITY partner program is perfectly designed to encourage, reward and protect partners to invest in F5 technology and allows us to continue investing in business development, channel enablement and various pre and post sales support deliverables. This combination makes our partnership a win-win for Westcon, F5, and its customers.”

 “F5’s success lies in providing organisations with strategic points of control across their infrastructures, allowing them to adapt, scale and align with changing business demands, and our unified security platform underpins this,” said Michael Schoenrock, Director Channel Sales, EMEA at F5.  “Our channel plays a vital role in delivering the industry’s most effective application delivery solutions to our joint customers.  Westcon has proven itself time and again as a top-notch security specialist, helping customers realise the true potential of F5 solutions.”

For more than 25 years, Westcon has built a reputation as the market’s leading distributor of security technology. Holding relationships with the most strategic players in the market – and offering unmatched experience working with the full range of solutions - Westcon provides the services and support necessary for partners to realize new revenue opportunities associated with the market’s premier security offerings.

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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:  Juniper Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Polycom, F5, Avaya, Check Point, and Blue Coat.  
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