September 2012

September 2012 IT and Telecom News

September 2012 Recent Industry News

By: PowerSource Online

Hardware.com Launches Strategic Investment in Channel-Led Integrated Data Center Solutions Division

Hardware.com provides vendor-agnostic view of the IT landscape to align companies’ IT needs with their business and economic goals

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Amid today’s increasingly challenging information technology (IT) climate, Hardware.com today launched the first phase of a strategic investment in channel-led integrated data center solutions. This initiative will provide customers with comprehensive, tailored solutions for integrated networks. Led by a team of industry experts focused on core data center vendors—including Juniper Networks, HP Networking, Dell Force10, and Brocade—Hardware.com is aligning companies’ technological requirements with their business and economic goals through unbiased expertise and the deployment of efficient and cost-effective solutions.

“Recent acquisitions have resulted in the consolidation of resellers focused on single vendor relationships, leaving customers with fewer choices for optimized IT solutions,” said Andy Faris, President of Hardware.com in North America. “With this renewed focus and significant investment in our multi-vendor partnerships, our goal is to help customers select technology best suited to their needs. The provision of an independent, yet comprehensive view of the marketplace protects their investment and provides greater flexibility for their future IT decisions.”

Instead of relying on incumbent, single-vendor solutions, companies can now turn to Hardware.com for unbiased technical expertise across all areas of IT project management, from proof-of-concept (POC), planning, and design to implementation and support for the data center.

“The launch and investment in this initiative demonstrates our clear commitment to our technology partners and their channel programs,” Faris added. “By partnering with our customers to better understand their business goals, we can then deliver a bespoke solution fully aligned with their budgetary requirements.”

Key personnel driving this new initiative include Justin Hadler, Director of Engineering, and Rick Dykhoff, Director of Channel Sales. With more than 25 years of combined experience, Hadler and Dykhoff specialize in helping customers simplify their networks, drive better performance, and lower IT costs. Both also have considerable experience working with networking manufacturers, including Cisco, Juniper Networks, HP Networking, Dell Force10, and Brocade.

Subsequent phases of investment will include recruitment in senior engineering and sales roles, as well as significant enhancements to existing multi-vendor POC and demo labs.

For more information about Hardware.com, visit http://us.hardware.com.

About Hardware.com
Founded in 2003, Hardware.com is a global leader in networking hardware, architectures, procurement, and support. Headquartered in Gloucestershire, England with operations across Europe and the U.S., the company provides a valued information technology (IT) partnership to organizations of all sizes. Hardware.com’s team of experienced and distinguished consultants partner with companies to identify, implement, and support advanced network infrastructures that align companies’ technological requirements with their business and economic goals. For more information on the company’s products, services, and solutions, visit http://us.hardware.com.

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Paragon Communications, Inc. Acquires 72-Acre Property in Bolton, Mass

Telecommunications and electronics remanufacturer invests in campus to accommodate rapid growth.

Bolton, MA- Paragon Holdings has acquired a 72-acre property in Bolton, Massachusetts, where it will consolidate operations into a global headquarters for Paragon Communications, Inc. The property’s 301,647 square-foot building includes a fitness center, cafeteria, softball/baseball field, basketball court, walking/running trails, picnic areas, and is within walking distance to apple orchards. PARAGON purchased the property, formerly the Future Electronics site, from RGM Holdings for $8 million and intends to invest $1 million in the building.

The PARAGON Companies, including Paragon Communications, Inc., NTSDirect, Paragon R3, and NetworkStore, plan to occupy the new headquarters in January 2013, bringing 200 employees to the Bolton economy. The new Bolton campus will allow PARAGON to consolidate its three current facilities in Ashland and Southborough into one modern campus. “This acquisition represents an important milestone in the growth of PARAGON and its companies,” said Mike Prefontaine, CEO of PARAGON. “Our company began in a space the size of a garage, and within 13 years it has expanded to 200 employees and this amazing campus.”

About Paragon Communications, Inc.
Paragon Communications, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest remanufacturers of enterprise and consumer electronics. Headquartered in Bolton, Massachusetts, PARAGON occupies a 300,000 square-foot campus stocked with an extensive inventory of recovered, refurbished and remanufactured telecommunications equipment. A partner of Avaya, Cisco, and Samsung, PARAGON and its companies draw on established relationships with original equipment manufacturers to offer clients flexible, scalable solutions. An industry leader in terms of expertise and domestic job creation, PARAGON leverages in-depth product knowledge across its enterprises through PartSmart™, a proprietary system and innovative service-based approach to asset management. For more information, please visit http://www.paragonnt.com.

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