VSS Monitoring Appoints Firas Ghanem to Drive Sales across MEA Region

Value-add distributor to offer entire range of VSS Monitoring’s Network Packet Broker solutions

Online PR News – 22-April-2013 – Dubai, UAE – DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – VSS Monitoring, a leader in Network Packet Brokers used in data centers for optimizing the performance and security tools used on dynamic networks deployed by enterprises, governments and service providers, recently announced the appointment of industry veteran Firas Ghanem as Regional Sales Director for Middle East and East Africa.

Mr. Ghanem holds an Engineering and MBA degree, and has over 15 years of diversified international & regional experience in the fields of Telecom, Enterprise, Security, and Networking. Most recently he was Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and CIS at Blue Coat Systems for the service provider market. While at Blue Coat, he used his business, engineering and technical background to expand the company’s Telco focus and penetrate this high value segment.

Mr. Eric Hummel, Area Vice President, EMEA at VSS Monitoring says, “The MEA region has great business potential for VSS as organizations are in the process of upgrading and modernizing their existing data centers, security and network infrastructure. With this, they require the latest network performance monitoring tools and security solutions. VSS offers the most advanced aggregation and optimization capabilities and we have the leading brokering portfolio in the industry to optimize all security and performance solutions, whether they operate as passive monitors or as active inline appliances (including SSL decryption)”

“To drive VSS’s growth and expansion in the region we needed a regional leader with a deep understanding of the market and experience working with our core target segment of large enterprises, government and service providers. In addition he needed to be highly motivated with astute technical capabilities. Firas has all these characteristics, combined with an exceptional sales track record and we believe that he will greatly contribute to our success in the region.”

Ghanem said: “I am very excited at the opportunity of joining a world leading company like VSS Monitoring, which is part of Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 200 company. VSS offers solutions to network service operators, global enterprises, and government’s architecture and data centers. We provide a visionary, systems-based and highly scalable approach to optimizing the connections between network switching and network intelligence tools (Performance and Security in layers), eliminating the limited, inefficient, expensive and complex 1:1 silo approach used in the past. A number of telecom operators in the MEA region are in the process of adopting 4G/ LTE which requires 100% network visibility. With VSS, operators can achieve the highest visibility, scalability, reliability and fast ROI.”

Other segments like Governments and Banks also deploy VSS Network Packet Broker systems to make optimal use of their tools, simplifying operations, increasing efficiencies and achieving higher cost savings. VSS will help in reducing tool costs by 50 to 80%, and extend the life of existing tools – savings the can run into millions of dollars depending on network size. VSS also makes big improvements to the reliability of the network and the tools, making sure every packet is presented to your tools. By making network intelligence more scalable, VSS makes networks more scalable. 

“I have already started to on-board a strong focused channel base with the assistance of our distributor Westcon. VSS also operates through its global alliances vendor network in the fields of inline active security, security monitoring and analysis, inline performance acceleration and performance monitoring. This appointment is another step forward in VSS’ plan to strengthen its presence in the region,” says Mr. Ghanem.

VSS provides the widest access to and link-layer visibility across, the entire network, enabling the most effective monitoring of application and network performance, due to maximum tool efficiency with full integration and leveraging of security tools across local and global networks. VSS NPBs extended lifecycles for network monitoring and security tools, enabling higher ROI and better investment protection for our customer's tools and solutions. VSS has pioneered many industry firsts including vMesh™ that allows 256 network packet brokers to be meshed together to create a fault-tolerant fabric to enable a system-level approach to the network monitoring and security infrastructure. It creates unprecedented visibility, density, and scale for NPBs and for the analysis and service assurance solutions they support.

About VSS Monitoring
Founded in 2003, and acquired by Danaher Corporation (a Fortune 200 company), in 2012, over a 1,700 customers in over 120 countries from the telecom, enterprise, government and financial sectors have deployed VSS Monitoring's advanced systems-based network packet broker solutions. Based in Silicon Valley, VSS has grown profitably into a world market leader, with the largest and most knowledgeable team of customer support engineers and solution partners across the Americas, Europe, ME and Asia. VSS products are designed and manufactured in California's Silicon Valley. 

VSS Monitoring is a world leader in network packet brokers (NPBs), providing a visionary, systems approach for optimizing and scaling the connectivity between network switching and the network intelligence universe of performance and security tools. VSS Monitoring network packet brokers improve tool usage and efficiency, simplify IT operations, and greatly enhance ROI from tools. For more information, visit www.vssmonitoring.com

About Westcon Middle East
Westcon Middle East is a leading Value Add Distributor (VAD) of Convergence, Infrastructure, Mobility and Security products and solutions covering the Middle East and North Africa. We offer a portfolio of best in-class products, services and solutions from highly reputed vendor partners that interoperate with and compliment each other. Our highly qualified staff delivers outstanding support and unmatched relationship to our vendors and channel partners, including technical expertise, network design, sales consultancy, logistics and integrated marketing apart from holding a large inventory of products for immediate deliveries. For more information visit me.westcon.com

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