GCI Broadens Capabilities with Addition of New SDN Vendor Partnerships
With new software-defined networking (SDN) solutions onboard, the value-added distributor strengthens its position in the future of network traffic control
OLDSMAR, Fla. – April 15, 2016 – Global Convergence Inc. (GCI), the value-added distributor specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, has announced that it has bolstered its SDN business by partnering with Nokia, AL-E (operating under the Alcatel Lucent Enterprise brand) and QCT. The move fast-tracks GCI’s growth and international expansion in SDN, which allows companies to benefit from easier-to-manage networks and reduced administrative burden.
“SDN gives businesses the ability to virtualize networks in a way that’s easy to configure and maintain,” said Jim Bradshaw, CEO and chairman of the board of GCI. “Enterprises are spending more on SDN this year than ever before because they see the value in the improved agility it provides. That is why, at GCI, we are committed to being on the cutting edge of this technology through partnerships with the best in the field.”
QCT, a leader in hyperscale data center technology, is the most recent SDN vendor to partner with GCI. Nokia delivers the VitalQIP™ Appliance Manager as well as the Vital Suite® Application and Network Management portfolio which delivers multi-vendor, multi-application performance management solutions. Nuage Networks from Nokia delivers scalable, programmable SDN solutions that fully virtualize and automate the datacenter and wide area network are able to allow agile responses to changes in demand. And AL-E, which under its Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand specializes in communications, networking and cloud solutions for businesses of all sizes, rounds out the SDN group. The new vendors are joining existing SDN/hybrid cloud solution partners MRV and Kemp Technologies.
Key Figures on Growing SDN Market
According to a report by SDxCentral, the combined revenue of SDN, NFV (network function virtualization) and other next-generation networking initiatives will exceed $105B per year by 2020. The report stated that these technologies are expected to influence almost 80% of purchasing decisions associated with all networking revenue by the end of 2020. Additionally:
- Cloud providers are expected to grow from $7B spend in 2015 to nearly $43B by 2020
- Telcos are expected to grow from approximately $4B spend in 2015 to almost $26B in 2020
- The small and medium business segments, accounting for about $300M spend in 2015, will each reach $2B annually by 2020
About Global Convergence Inc.
Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring innovative and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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