CDW Achieves Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization in United States

  CDW Achieves Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization in United States

   Cisco Specialization Distinguishes Partners with Highest Level of Cloud
                              Builder Expertise

Business Wire

VERNON HILLS, Ill. -- January 30, 2013

CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology products and services to business,
government, education and healthcare, today announced that it has achieved the
Cisco^® Master Cloud Builder Specialization. This specialization recognizes
CDW as having the capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated
infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and technology ecosystem partner
cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management and virtual

“The Cisco Master Cloud Builder designation recognizes CDW’s excellence in
navigating the complex process of building cloud environments,” said Doug
Eckrote, senior vice president, strategic solutions and services, CDW. “Our
upcoming research report, State of the Cloud, shows more than half of
organizations nationally are shifting or planning to shift applications or
infrastructure to the cloud. We can offer them the highest level of technical
expertise, a tailored combination of services and offerings that takes into
account specific customer requirements, and a proven track record.”

The specialization is the result of a rigorous evaluation process in which CDW
demonstrated master-level capabilities in designing, deploying and supporting
data center cloud-ready infrastructure, as well as an established record of
success implementing the technology for its customers. Evaluation for the
specialization concludes with an audit of the partner’s capabilities by a
third-party firm.

“This specialization brings together data center infrastructure, cloud
management, eco-partner relationships and cross-vendor solution capabilities
like VCE Vblock, NetApp Flexpod and Cisco VXI,” said Edison Peres, senior vice
president for worldwide channels at Cisco. “It’s the customer’s ‘one-stop
shop’ for the highest level of competencies for data center and cloud. CDW’s
Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is an outstanding achievement.”

The Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is granted to a specific group
of partners that possess in-depth technology and architecture skills. These
partners also have demonstrated customer success in providing sophisticated,
value-added Cisco Data Center and Cloud solutions including sales, deployment
and services for Cisco data center and cloud solutions. Partners with a
qualified data center and cloud practice can achieve a Master Cloud Builder
Specialization regardless of certification level.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build
and showcase the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required
to successfully 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 a partner’s
technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and
postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers
consider when choosing a trusted partner.

CDW employs more than 500 Cisco-certified engineers and architects across the
United States, including more than 50 with the CCIE certification – one of the
highest technical certifications offered by Cisco. CDW holds all available
Cisco Master Specializations – Cloud Builder, Managed Services, Security and
Unified Communications.

For more about CDW’s cloud computing capabilities and offerings, please visit

About CDW

CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government,
education and healthcare. Ranked No. 31 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest
Private Companies and No. 270 on the FORTUNE 500, CDW features dedicated
account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and
services to meet their needs. The company’s solution architects offer
expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology
engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of
those solutions. Areas of focus include software, network communications,
notebooks/mobile devices, data storage, video monitors, desktops, printers and
solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility, data
center optimization and cloud computing. CDW was founded in 1984 and employs
more than 6,900 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30,
2012, the company generated net sales of more than $10 billion. For more
information, visit

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CDW Public Relations
Kelly Caraher, 847-968-0729
O’Keeffe & Company
Marty Nott, 585-271-1141
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