Zones acquires nfrastructure

On October 21, we announced our acquisition of nfrastructure Technologies, a provider of core-to-edge technical and managed services.

By acquiring nfrastructure, we’re extending our robust solutions and services capabilities. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zones, nfrastructure will expand globally and nationally, significantly enhancing its product fulfillment and technical capabilities.

“Acquiring nfrastructure accelerates Zones’ evolution as a services-led solutions provider with deep customer relationships and global capabilities,” said Firoz Lalji, chairman, president and CEO of Zones. “We welcome nfrastructure’s talented team to our organization. With similar cultures squarely focused on delivering a positive customer experience, we’re well-aligned to seize growth in the market.”

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Transform new and existing buildings into intelligent facilities

Today’s buildings require an array of complex systems to support the diverse populations and purposes they serve. But until recently, conventional wisdom held that each system required separate networks and controls, creating an environment that was difficult and expensive to operate and maintain. Pennzoil-Social-Master_742x388_Lower-Text

Advances in networking, automation and Internet of Things (IoT) technology has changed that, transforming the way we design, construct, and upgrade buildings; how we operate and maintain them; and how their occupants experience and use them.

Now, building services can be delivered over a single centralized IP-based network that dramatically reduces cost and improves efficiency. Such converged networks enable a new building paradigm that provides better monitoring, analysis, automation and control between all of a building’s complex systems, and lays a future-proof foundation for growth. Continue reading

More endpoints = more access = more risk

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Security in the age of IoT

Just two weeks ago, Delta Faucet Company broke a massive social media campaign for Delta™ Leak Detection, Designed with iDevices™. You’ve probably seen a post or two for the technology that is a combination of connected sensors and software that detects leaks and pushes alerts to owners to minimize loss.

The sudden ubiquity of Internet of Things technology – at home, in the car, in buildings, and on the factory floor – proves its value. Never before has so much information moved so swiftly between so many devices, networks, data centers, and people than is occurring right now.

Now, we’re not suggesting that leak detection is the best and highest use of IoT technology, but we are suggesting that it is big and getting bigger than anyone thought possible a decade ago.

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Zones recognized as a technology innovator within Cisco’s global partner community

Cisco Summit AwardLast week, members of Zones’ executive staff were in Montreal, attending Cisco’s biggest and highest-profile partner event of the year, the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit.

And it was quite a week for Zones!

Zones was recognized with two prestigious Partner of the Year awards, highlighting our accomplishments in the Internet of Things (IoT) space:

Partner of the Year, Solution Innovation
This coveted award came to Zones, in part, for posting year-over-year growth that exceeded 300 percent in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Partner of the Year, U.S. National Solution Excellence
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A hyper-connected Cisco network improves business processes for Del Papa Distributing

Del-Papa-Screen-Shot-BlogEnjoy a beer on the upper Texas Gulf Coast, and you can probably thank Del Papa Distributing Company. Founded more than a century ago, the company today distributes 10 million cases of beer annually, from 30 suppliers. More than 375 employees work at headquarters in Texas City and two other distribution centers.

The family-owned company has a simple aim: to be a great beer distribution company. So when Del Papa set out to build a new 27-acre headquarters, company leaders thought about how technology could contribute to its greatness. “We wanted the new distribution center to have a single, secure network we could use for physical security, communications, collaboration, and even monitoring the temperature of our inventory,” says Steve Holtsclaw, Manager of Information Systems for Del Papa.

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