Akibia, a leading provider of consulting, integration and support for data center, network and security solutions, announced that it has been named Extreme Networks, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EXTR) Top Technical Performance Platinum-Level Partner for 2010. This is the second consecutive year Akibia has been recognized as an Extreme Top North America Channel Partner.

Akibia is an Extreme Networks Platinum Solution partner and provides design, implementation and 24x7 support of Extreme Networks’ high-performance converged Ethernet solutions. Extreme Networks recognized Akibia at its recent partner event in San Diego for its strong customer relationships and talented engineering team, which has far exceeded certification requirements.

Akibia was acquired by Zensar Technologies, the leading provider of global IT and BPM services, in December 2010. The combination of Akibia and Zensar will allow Zensar to offer its customers in the United States and Europe a wide-range of solutions for infrastructure management and support, security and compliance and risk management by building on dual-shore capability. The merger extends the reach and breath of Zensar's Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) offshore services for global clients by leveraging Akibia's proven Data Center Services in the United States and Europe. Zensar will now be well-positioned to deliver solutions that can transform the future of IT Infrastructure Management.

“We are pleased to provide Akibia with this award that showcases their highly experienced engineering team and ability to nurture strong customer relationships,” said Rich Long, Director of North American Channels for Extreme Networks. “Akibia and Extreme Networks have a longstanding global partnership that reflects Akibia’s strength in designing, implementing, and supporting Extreme Networks’ high performance network solutions to ensure optimal performance and improved end-user productivity.”

Akibia partners with best-in-class leading technology providers such as Extreme Networks to deliver optimal network solutions designed to ensure peak performance of customers’ mission-critical network infrastructure. Akibia’s support services offerings provide the benefits of experienced industry-certified engineers; full life-cycle partnerships with knowledge from design to implementation; faster call time resolutions; and a single point of contact for all data center, network and security infrastructure needs.

“We are honored to be recognized by Extreme Networks as the Top Technical Performance Platinum Level Contributor,” said Tom Tucker, President and CEO of Akibia. “The award showcases the technical ability and certification level of our talented sales, engineering and support teams who are valued, trusted advisors to our clients.”

“ This award will accelerate our ability to deliver on our vision of bringing innovative services that reduce costs and increase efficiency to our global customers and enhance our customer’s confidence in our cumulative knowledge, experience and best practices of supporting and securing mission-critical data centers,” added Vivek Gupta, Chief Executive, Global Transformation Services, Zensar Technologies.

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