Zircon aims for server simplicity

Zircon aims for server simplicity

Zircon is taking on a new range of server products from Write Vision which it claims will give resellers a simplified way of selling the technology into small businesses.

The distributor has scored the first local wholesale agreement with the French Internet appliance vendor for its series of Evolutive server products. Zircon managing director, Gwen John, said the key feature of the offering was its selection of software modules that could be installed by customers according to their needs.

Three software modules are currently available: messaging and portal; file and print; and hosting and database. Each hardware box also comes with an installed router pack and can be used in either a Windows or Linux environment.

"The products are perfect for what Zircon is doing," she said. "We need to address the server market. The Write Vision product is well designed for the SME space.

"Small businesses can just plug in the software packs and away they go."

An entry-level model was expected to retail for about $3000, John said.

The Evolutive series would also give resellers the opportunity to sell a basic server package without having to obtain higher-end certifications.

"The products will be good for telephony resellers that don't have data skills," she said.

Founded in 1999, Write Vision was acquired by Alcatel in November.

According to the networking vendor, the purchase was a further step towards providing SMB customers with a converged ICT product package. The distributor is planning to host a reseller roadshow next month to demonstrate the product.

It was also hoping to bring out a representative from the vendor's European headquarters to discuss the roadmap, John said.

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