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Alliant Technologies Recognized by Cisco as Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider in the United States

ALLIANT TECHNOLOGIES RECOGNIZED BY CISCO AS DATA CENTER UNIFIED COMPUTING AUTHORIZED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER IN THE UNITED STATES

Morristown, NJ – December 8, 2009 – Alliant Technologies announced today that it has achieved Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco.  This designation recognizes Alliant as having the fulfilled the training and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support the Cisco Unified Computing System in the United States. 

The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) unites network, computational, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy-efficient system that can reduce the costs and complexity of information technology (IT) infrastructure, help extend capital assets, and improve business agility well into the future.  A new computing model, the Cisco Unified Computing System uses integrated management and combines a “wire once” unified fabric with an industry-standard computing platform to optimize virtualization, reduce the data center’s total overall cost, and provide dynamic resource provisioning for businesses that are becoming increasingly collaborative, mobile and distributed.  

”We are very excited to be a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Partner, explained Alliant CEO, Bruce Flitcroft.  “We see the logical expansion from virtual servers to desktops to fully virtualized infrastructures.  The Cisco unified computing system addresses the next virtualization step and we are working with our customers now to take advantage of the evolutionary path this platform provides.”

“Taking advantage of an architectural shift in the data center, Cisco’s new computing model can help customers transform the data center into a dynamic IT environment with the power to increase productivity, improve efficiency and drive virtualization to an entirely new level,” said John Growdon, director, Worldwide Channels Go-to-Market Group at Cisco.  “As a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing of industry leaders working with Cisco to stimulate technology innovation, augment service delivery, and accelerate the market adoption of unified computing.”  

To qualify as a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Authorized Technology Provider, Alliant had to meet a number of requirements. These included achieving the Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization and the Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Specialization as well as demonstrating mature competencies in server, storage and virtualization technologies.

Cisco’s Authorized Technology Provider Program is part of a comprehensive go-to-market strategy for emerging and advanced technologies.  The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to sell, deploy and support these technologies.  As the market changes, an ATP status is often the precursor to a Cisco specialization.

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About Alliant Technologies, LLC
Headquartered in Morristown, NJ with sales and service offices across the Northeast, Alliant Technologies, LLC is a certified and experienced IT engineering and operations firm delivering integrated IT infrastructure solutions.  Alliant’s services include: borderless networking, IP collaboration, server and desktop virtualization, data storage, Alliant Managed Services, and infrastructure cabling.  Alliant assures your success with a proven Project Management methodology, consistent engineering oversight applied from pre- to post-sale, and a comprehensive set of lifecycle services. Alliant Technologies creates IT solutions that make your business more powerful and profitable.  Alliant Technologies. Consult. Connect. Care.  www.AlliantTech.com

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