GCI to Distribute Alcatel-Lucent IP Network Management Portfolio to Enterprises
Oldsmar, Fla., April 14, 2015 — Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) today announced it has signed a global master distributor agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to extend the reach of its IP Address Management (IPAM) and Performance Management software portfolio to mid and large size enterprises worldwide.
As a result of this relationship, GCI will market, distribute and service Alcatel-Lucent’s VitalQIP™ Appliance Manager and VitalSuite® Application and Network Management portfolio to its more than 4,000 global channel partners. The VitalQIP Appliance Manager centralizes and streamlines IT management of IP databases for improved connectivity, while the VitalSuite Application and Network Management portfolio provides real-time analysis of application and network information to monitor service delivery and performance.
It marks the first time that Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a distribution agreement for its software and further enables the company to offer IP, cloud and ultra-broadband technologies beyond traditional telecom customers.
IP management is a growing challenge for IT departments as the rise in network traffic, popularity of IP addressable devices and wide range of applications creates security, availability and reliability issues that can cause critical network failure across an enterprise. Yet, only about a quarter of enterprises with more than 1,000 employees have yet to implement an enterprise-grade IPAM solution. This represents an enormous market opportunity for solution providers with enterprise customers to introduce and implement Alcatel Lucent’s Vital portfolio.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Vital portfolio today supports more than 850 enterprises globally, providing their IT staffs with the critical visibility needed to successfully manage industry initiatives such as virtualization, cloud, VoIP, BYOD and mobility. Application availability and response time, servers and network infrastructure performance can be proactively managed in real-time from a single, centralized portal.
“We are delighted to be working with Alcatel-Lucent as they implement their new strategy to leverage channel partners as the path to growth in the enterprise market,” said Jim Bradshaw, CEO & Chairman of the Board, GCI. “Their industry-leading Vital portfolio of solutions is well-positioned in a market space with significant growth potential, as the number of IP devices grow due to next generation networks, enterprise mobility, BYOD, the Internet of Everything, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and other key industry trends. Our focus on providing the channel with access to leading-edge technologies from the most innovative vendors in the IT industry is the reason that we chose to work with Alcatel-Lucent.”
Mike Allen, Vice-President Americas Partner Sales, Alcatel-Lucent, adds “Today’s enterprises are looking for integrated communications and networking solutions that enable them to worker faster, smarter, and more efficiently so they can stay one step ahead of the competition and succeed in their specific markets. Alcatel-Lucent is committed to working with GCI and their channel partners to develop and deliver the products, solutions and services these enterprises need today and tomorrow. We are focused on leveraging the full capabilities of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP portfolio to develop joint opportunities that will enable significant growth.”
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