GCI and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise expand NA market reach


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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise expands reach in North America via new relationship with Global Convergence, Inc (GCI)

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise today announced it has started working with Global Convergence, Inc, a value-added distribution and IT services company. GCI provides partners access to rapidly emerging, innovative and disruptive technologies complemented by a full line of global IT services. The relationship will offer enterprises and channel partners more alternative options for deploying advanced communications and networking.

The initial focus of the relationship will be on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Unified Access technology. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise converged wired and wireless solution with the Unified Access approach addresses networking challenges, management complexity and offers a consistent user experience. It comprises a rich set of BYOD (“bring your own device”) services that enable employees and customers to use corporate or personal, wired or wireless devices on the enterprise network. The solution also help simplify IT operations, while improving security and protecting business investments.

The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise OmniSwitch LAN portfolio that makes up the Unified Access solution has been rated “Very Strong” by industry analyst firm Current Analysis.

Jim Bradshaw, Chairman of the board and CEO, GCI
“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 Enterprise. As a recognized leader in the area of Unified Access, their wired and wireless networking solutions are the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of solutions, and partners can leverage our Suite of ServLink IT services to accelerate their sales motion. Our new relationship will enable our network of partners to fulfill their clients’ growing needs for enterprise mobility, BYOD, and the Next Generation workplace with simplified connectivity and the convenience of seamless network policy management.”

Charles Matthews, Vice President North American Sales, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
“GCI is a company committed to delivering outstanding outcomes for their partners and clients. This is why we chose to work with them. GCI will provide Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise with a new path to market, and expose our solutions to partners and prospects who will be pleased to see our innovative suite of enterprise solutions.”

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, with headquarters in France near Paris and 2700 employees worldwide, is a leader in communications, networking and cloud solutions for businesses of all sizes, serving more than 500,000 customers across the globe. Our cost-effective solutions help organizations embrace new uses and models by enabling multimedia conversations across any device, supported by an Application Fluent Network, from the office to the cloud.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, with a history of proven technology and experience, leverages a global team of technology experts, service professionals, and partner ecosystem to meet the unique needs of small businesses to international companies with tailored offers that address the requirements of various market segments and industries.

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 www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.