Unified Communications: Click to talk

Oct 16 2009   2:35PM GMT

Tech Data Adds Unified Communications and Security to Portfolio

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

If you ask me, Tech Data is coming a little late to the party, but better late than never.

Tech data announced that it is adding a unified communications and a network security business unit to its service offerings.

The official press release from Tech Data contains this quote:

“Tech Data is responding to the growing demand for unified communications and network security,” said Tech Data Vice President, Networking Product Marketing John O’Shea. “Unified communications — the seamless integration of voice, data, messaging, mobility and video over a converged network — delivers new operational efficiencies for end users of all sizes. Meanwhile, the network is becoming more exposed than ever with the explosive growth of wireless, mobile devices and demands for access all the time from anywhere. That creates an array of security issues, especially for key vertical markets implementing these technologies like government, education and healthcare that need to protect sensitive information.”

I don’t disagree, and I commend Tech Data for joining the fray– but unified communications has been hot for some time and networks have been vulnerable since they existed so its not like this was a brilliant epiphane on their part.

What would be cutting edge is if Tech Data merged the concepts and created a Unified Communications Security business unit. That is an area where there is a need that customers aren’t even aware of yet.

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