World's Largest Technology Distributor Acquires a Leading Network Security Products Training and Services Provider and Invests in a Leading Distributor of Network Security Products
SANTA ANA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor, today announced its acquisition of VPN Dynamics, a network security products training and services provider, and its minority investment in Securematics, a network security products and solutions distributor. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
VPN Dynamics offers specialized network security education using vendor-authorized courseware and lab settings through online, on-site and classroom training. An authorized training provider for some of the most recognized names in network security business, VPN Dynamics offers a complementary suite of services and solutions for Ingram Micro's existing portfolio of vendor and solution provider partners, as well as greater expansion capabilities in this growing segment.
Securematics, a leading distributor of network security products in North America, provides its services to a large number of global system integrators, service providers and value-added resellers. It will continue to distribute the full suite of VPN Dynamics' training services. Ingram Micro's financial investment in Securematics will allow it to increase its visibility in the growing network security space.
"These moves are part of Ingram Micro's strategy to continue to invest in technologies that we believe will offer higher growth and value-add opportunities. They also help enhance our value as a one-stop shop for network security solution and service providers" said Ken Bast, vice president of vendor management for Ingram Micro. "With the U.S. computer security market projected by Gartner to grow from $5.9 billion in 2006 to $7.6 billion in 2010, this is another step in the right direction for Ingram Micro."
As a result of these actions, VPN Dynamics will now operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro Inc., while Securematics will continue to operate as an independent company. Both these companies are located in Santa Clara, Calif.
"VPN Dynamics is thrilled to be a part of Ingram Micro and at the prospect of offering customers a more complete network security package," said Pradeep Aswani, founder of VPN Dynamics. As a new member of Securematics' management team, Aswani added, "Securematics looks forward to the additional funding from Ingram Micro's investment to help provide more credit options to our customer base, and continue our current growth trend."
"Ensuring your partners have the right training and education to successfully sell and service your technology is one of the smartest investments a company can make," said Donna Grothjan, vice president of worldwide channels and operations, Juniper Networks, an Ingram Micro partner. "Now, Ingram Micro's channel partners will have access to the security and networking expertise that VPN Dynamics brings to the table. We are pleased to see Ingram Micro invest in the technologies and resources that ultimately help us deliver more value to our J-Partners."
About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 140 countries and is the only broadline global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.
About VPN Dynamics
VPN Dynamics is a leading provider of security products training to help enterprises optimize their investment in leading security technologies. The company offers vendor-authorized training programs and customized risk management training programs for leading secure infrastructure products. Training programs are sold through a strong network of partners, along with the option to bundle training with their product sales.
Securematics is a leading distributor of secure networking products and solutions in North America, servicing a large number of service providers, global system integrators and value-added resellers. The company's business model enables technology solution providers to profit by delivering emerging technology solutions to their customers ranging from large enterprises to small-to-midsize businesses (SMB). In addition to receiving personalized service during the pre-sales, sales and post-sales cycle, solution providers may leverage the company's various partner profitability programs such as SecureKnowledge Rewards and SecureSol.
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