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Zycko unveils Riverbed technical training partnership

Zycko Academy enhances its portfolio

9th March 2007 - Zycko Academy, the training arm of value-added convergent storage and IP solutions distributor, and Riverbed Technology, the performance leader in wide-area data services (WDS), have developed a series of technical training courses in response to a growing industry demand for the vendor’s solutions.

Zycko Academy, the first accredited Riverbed® training partner in EMEA, now offers a three-day course that equips attendees with all the skills necessary to install, configure and deploy the vendor’s Steelhead® appliances. An additional two-day course covering topics such as configuration and operation is also available to end-users.

The courses, which run throughout 2007, require a good understanding and experience of TCP/IP and data networking configurations, a working knowledge of operating system administration and a basic understanding of the OSI 7-layer networking model.

Attendees train in pairs, but on individual PCs, with one configured as the data centre and the other as the remote site. Each is connected together across a simulated WAN using a WAN simulator.

At the end of a course, each attendee will also receive a Riverbed training certificate and vendor recognition of their new Qualified Riverbed Engineer status.

Peter Barnes, head of training services at Zycko Academy, said the courses have already received significant interest from a cross-section of the channel, including pre-sales, technical support and data centre professionals.

“We are responding to the increasing demand for Riverbed solutions,” he said. “Every day we ship Riverbed technology to all parts of the globe and so it makes sense that we enable those in contact with the kit to understand its capabilities and to use it effectively.”

Over the previous 12 months, Zycko has experienced a significant increase in demand for Riverbed’s WDS solutions.

“The course provides a fascinating insight into the WDS market’s leading technology and enables attendees to learn in a comfortable environment, with the opportunity to use laboratory equipment and speak individually with tutors” added Barnes.

Mark Lewis, EMEA marketing director at Riverbed, said: “We are delighted to have Zycko Academy offer these new training services for the channel. Partner training is a real value-add that enables VARs to deepen their understanding of the Riverbed portfolio and increase their understanding of how our technology helps to deliver real business value to customer network environments.”



For more information please contact:

Peter Barnes
Head of Training Services
Zycko
+44(0)1285 868554
peter.barnes@zycko.com

James Sherwood
PR Officer
Zycko
+44(0)1285 868 516
+44(0)7780 714 827
james.sherwood@zycko.com



About Zycko Academy

Zycko Academy provides accredited training courses - delivered by certified trainers - to enable its partners to optimise their business opportunities through an understanding of the markets and vendor solutions.

The courses can take you from a base point of little or no knowledge through to comprehensive industry certification levels of sales, design, implementation and support competencies.

Certification enables you to deliver a higher level of support and service to the end-user, improving your margins and customer loyalty. It also enables Zycko to focus on your specific marketing and commercial requirements.

Zycko Academy is also able to provide training for a range of additional vendors, including: StoreAge, Asigra, CommVault, LignUp and AYC Telecom.

Zycko Academy is part of the Zycko Group.

About Zycko

Zycko is a value-added distributor of best-in-class convergent IP and data storage solutions, ranging from open-system storage architectures to voice and video communications, all sold through a channel of resellers, systems integrators and service providers.

Zycko is privately held and has been profitable since its inception in 2000, when the company’s original charter was to market data networking accessories to resellers as a wholesale distributor. Zycko now employs over 190 staff, serving over 3000 resellers around the world from seven offices on three continents. The company enjoys an annual turnover of more than $120m.

Zycko’s provision of cost-effective IT products and logistics management is supported by vital industry services, such as technical support, custom configuration, training and marketing support. These combined factors make Zycko the channel partner of choice.

Zycko’s strategic partner base includes world-class companies including: AYC, Avago, Asigra, CommVault, Diligent, Edgewater, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Intransa, Isilon, MGE, NeoScale, ONStor, Polycom, QLogic, Riverbed, StoreAge and Storewiz.

For more information visit www.zycko.com or contact us at:

Zycko Ltd
The Mallards
South Cerney
Cirencester
GL7 5TQ


About Riverbed
Riverbed Technology is the performance leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (Nasdaq: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com