Tech Data, Cisco Launch $1 Million Solutions Lab

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Tech Data opened the doors Oct. 9 to its new Cisco Solutions Center, a $1 million lab where VARs can test a full range of Cisco Systems solutions, as well as bring in their own customers to demonstrate the solutions in action.

The center adjoins Tech Data's existing solutions center at its Clearwater, Fla., headquarters and is the distributor's only lab space dedicated to a specific vendor. Cisco and Tech Data jointly invested in the equipment for the 650-square-foot lab.

"Cisco is the leader in the networking space and frankly, they have a number of solutions from wireless to unified communications to surveillance and access control that made it possible to use one vendor's products for all the solutions we want to showcase," said Chuck Bartlett, Tech Data's vice president of networking product marketing.

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