Comstor Europe Picks up Cisco’s “European Distributor of the Year” Award, Along with Five Country Awards and Five Geography Awards

Tarrytown, NY, April 15, 2008 - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that Comstor Europe has won several key awards at the Cisco Partner Summit held last week in Hawaii. In addition, Westcon Group was named “Global Distributor of the Year,” and “Multi-Theatre Partner of the Year”— the latter of which has never before been awarded to a distributor.

As Cisco presented Comstor Europe with the following awards, they cited Westcon Group’s multi-national programs, OneVoice, OneDefense, OneNetwork and OneWave as a fundamental part of its value proposition to customers:

- Comstor France: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor France: Geography Winner
- Comstor Germany: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Germany: Geography Winner
- Comstor Netherlands: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Netherlands: Geography Winner
- Comstor Spain: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor Spain: Geography Winner
- Comstor Spain: European Distributor of the Year
- Comstor UK: Distributor Partner of the Year
- Comstor UK: Geography Winner

Tom Dolan, President and CEO of Westcon Group, commented: “These awards mark a key milestone for us in our relationship with Cisco. We are proud of the role we have played in strengthening Cisco’s global reach. By bringing multi-national solutions programs into emerging markets and providing single point order capabilities for large multi-national deployments, we have been able to bring unique value to our customers. Cisco has recognized our ability--along with our loyal, multi-national customers--to build a highly effective, forward supply chain for Cisco’s products and solutions.”

Riordan Maynard, CEO of Touchbase, a multi-national integrator, added: “Our partnership with Westcon Group is a fundamental reason our business has experienced exponential growth during the last 18 months. Robust programs like OneVoice have helped us differentiate from our competition; we congratulate Westcon Group on this tremendous distinction.”

“I had the honor and privilege of recognizing Westcon Group as Cisco distributor partner award winner,” said Dave O’Callaghan, vice president of distribution for worldwide channels at Cisco. Westcon Group received an award for Worldwide Distributor of the Year, recognizing its performance and success as a Cisco distributor in 2007.”

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Westcon and Comstor business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit



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