Zones Inc. Renews Prestigious Cisco Gold Certification

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Company earns additional specialization certifications for expertise across multiple technologies.

Zones Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for business, healthcare, public sector and other vertical markets, announced today that it has renewed its Cisco® Gold Certification. To earn Gold Certification, Zones once again met rigorous standards set forth by Cisco in networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction. In addition, Zones also fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, design and deploy comprehensive solutions in the following areas:

  •     The Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization provides role-based training in three areas: Unified Fabric for optimizing data and storage needs, Unified Computing for streamlining data center resources and uniting network, computational, storage and virtualization platforms; and Unified Network Services for advancing the way application delivery and security services are provided in the data center network or computing environment.
  •     The Cisco Advanced Borderless Network Architecture Specialization helps Zones meet a wide range of customer needs, including the integration of the network with business processes and applications, requiring a holistic approach based on the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture.
  •     The Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization provides Zones with the tools to deliver differentiated business value through the integrated, open foundation of the collaboration architecture. Cisco Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialized Partners work with new and existing Cisco technologies to align components of this architecture with customers’ strategic goals, helping transform business processes, boost organizational efficiency and accelerate the time to market.

“We are dedicated to building our expertise in areas that are mission critical for customers,” said Tom Ducatelli, executive vice president of enterprise sales and business development for Zones. “We are proud to achieve new certifications that will not only help our team gain additional proficiency with Cisco solutions, but will ultimately help customers stay on the cutting edge of Cisco architectures.”

As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, Zones has again met the requirements for attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies by achieving Cisco advanced specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security, and wireless LAN. In addition, Zones has integrated Cisco Lifecycle Services into its offerings and is required to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Gold Certification provides Zones with access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

“Solutions built around the Cisco Platform and Architectures is of significant importance to our customers” said Asif Hudani, senior vice president of IT Services and Solutions at Zones. “Achieving these certifications expands our team’s knowledge of Cisco solutions and infrastructure. From collaboration to datacenters to lifecycle management, our team is ready to help customers find the best solution to fit their IT needs.”

“We are committed to providing the tools, training and programs that facilitate partner growth, differentiation and profitability,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Cisco. “With specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security, and additional Cisco architectures, Zones has made an investment in developing the capability to deliver the integrated and customized technology solutions that today’s customers demand.”

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build the sales, technical, and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates partner qualifications such as technology skills, business best practices, customer satisfaction, and presales and post-sales support capabilities, and other critical factors in choosing a trusted partner.

About Zones
Zones, Inc. supports business, healthcare, the public sector, and specialty markets by applying innovative technology solutions across a variety of specializations including networking, security, software, storage, data center and virtualization. The Zones “Expert Connect” organization provides customers with the technical expertise needed for advanced solutions. Zones holds more than 55 of the highest distinct certifications in the industry including Cisco Gold, EMC Velocity Premier, Dell Server and Storage Technical, IBM System and Storage Technical, HP Enterprise Networking, and VMware Infrastructure, among others. Zones is also a certified MBE company. Incorporated in 1988, Zones, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn, Wash. More information is available at, or by calling 800-258-2088.

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