GE Access To Partner With McData, F5 Networks


GE Access plans to introduce McData and F5 Networks as vendor partners at the Westminster, Colo.-based distributor's annual New Frontiers Conference for solution providers next week.

Beginning Aug. 24, GE Access will be authorized to sell McData's entire product line, which includes Intrepid directors, Sphereon fabric switches, Eclipse SAN routers and SANavigator management software, according to the distributor.

"GE Access is focused on creating an environment that includes the products, services and knowledge necessary to help bring complete IT solutions to customers," said Scott Zahl, vice president of marketing and vendor relations at GE Access. "By partnering with McData, we enable the reseller community to tap into the company's best-in-class storage solutions portfolio, including SAN routing and comprehensive management."

Broomfield, Colo.-based McData joins GE Access' Enterprise Storage Group, which offers solutions to businesses that specialize in centralized management, consolidation, business continuity and disaster recovery.

GE Access also plans to partner with Seattle-based F5 Networks and carry the vendor's application traffic management products: FirePass Controller, BIG-IP Controller and 3-DNS Controller.

"GE Access is a great match for our overall strategy and product portfolio. [GE Access'] relationships and technical expertise will help us deliver our products to a market that requires heightened security and application intelligence," said Lee Finck, director of channel sales at F5 Networks. "Given their business model as a true value-added distributor, GE Access has the skill set, the knowledge base, and an established community of high-end partners to place our products in the appropriate environments."

F5 Networks is part of GE Access' Network Security Group, according to Zahl, and its BIG-IP flagship product can provide traffic management not only to Web-only applications, but to any IP-based application or Web service to ensure quick response times, reliable sessions, scalability and application-level security.

"We've made the expansion of our Network Security Group a priority this year, so adding F5's security and traffic management products is an important win for us," Zahl said.