Comstor adds Cisco IronPort to its European portfolio targeting the SMB market and helping resellers deliver secure email and web solutions

Partnership makes enterprise-class email and web security appliances available to small and medium size businesses

Houten, NL, May 27 2010 – Comstor, a Westcon Group company, the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, today announced it will offer the Cisco IronPort portfolio to the European reseller market.

Over the last several months, Comstor has provided Cisco Select Certification training and hands-on workshops on several Cisco technologies to resellers all across Europe and is now rolling out Cisco IronPort’s products to a targeted group of certified, SMB-focused resellers. Comstor’s strong professional services business, combined with its two-tier business model, ensures the very best, fully accredited support for all customers.

Jon Pritchard, President, Comstor, commented, “We see massive potential in the market with the IronPort email and web security products. As a strategic solution for us they are absolutely suitable for SMB and it’s our commitment to deliver into the channel. Our UK subsidiary has proven that our approach is very successful and we are leveraging their experience to the subsidiaries in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain.”

"Spam is clearly not only an issue for large organizations; 90% of emails in every business are estimated to be spam and with email volumes doubling year on year, it is a problem that will only increase in severity," says Ankur Bhatnagar, European Channel Leader Cisco IronPort. “With the email and web security products Cisco IronPort enhances Cisco’s Borderless Networks approach, to proactively verify that a customer's network is highly secure, reliable and functioning optimally. Cisco IronPort’s products are highly regarded in the channel. 95% of the enterprise organizations that evaluate our products become satisfied customers and we’re seeing a similar trend within the two-tier model. With its diverse community of European partners, its strong professional services arm and its proven ability to enable partners, Comstor is a natural fit for Cisco IronPort products.”

The Cisco IronPort products rely on the industry leading SensorBase® Network – the world’s first, biggest and best traffic monitoring network. SensonrBase measures more than 25 percent of the world’s messaging traffic – receiving over five billion queries per day. SensorBase is unique in that it even collects data from the networks of organizations that are not IronPort customers. IronPort shares data with other large ISPs in a data peering relationship.

“80% of ISPs – and over half the Fortune 100 – rely on IronPort’s technology to protect their networks so it is proven in the enterprise market," adds Annemieke Pot, Comstor’s European Business Development Manager, Cisco. “We’re therefore delighted to help IronPort make this technology available to a much wider market. Businesses of all sizes can now benefit from IronPort’s email and web security solutions – and enjoy all the advantages of an enterprise-class solution at SMB pricing levels.”

About Westcon Group
Cisco IronPort, headquartered in San Bruna, California, is a business unit of Cisco Systems, Inc. Cisco IronPort, is the leading provider of anti-spam, anti-virus and anti-spyware appliances for organizations ranging from small businesses to the Global 2000. IronPort appliances utilize SensorBase®, the world’s largest email and web threat detection network and database. IronPort products are innovative and easy-to-use – providing breakthrough performance and playing a mission-critical role in a company’s network infrastructure. To learn more about Cisco IronPort’s products and services, please visit

Annemieke Pot
Comstor Europe
+31 30 2489299