SUNNYVALE, CA, June 23, 2008 - ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR), a leading provider of Pure IP Unified Communications solutions, and Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX), the world's largest technical services company, today announced an expansion of their strategic alliance in which Black Box will deliver ShoreTel's solutions to customers throughout Australia and the UK.
With a strong partnership already established across the United States and Canada, ShoreTel and Black Box build on existing success in delivering IP Unified Communications solutions to SMB and enterprise-class organizations, including some of the most demanding FORTUNE 1000 organizations.
"Expanding our relationship with ShoreTel furthers our commitment to bringing only the best telecom products and services to our customers worldwide," said Brendan Tobin, Black Box managing director UK and Ireland, and Denzil Stephenson, Black Box country manager ANZ, "Black Box has had a long standing relationship with ShoreTel and we look forward to working together to bring reliable, scalable one-stop shop solutions to our customers."
Black Box is the world's largest voice and data networking company employing over 5,000 staff and with more than 175,000 clients in 141 countries around the world. Black Box offers complete communications solutions including evaluation, design, procurement, implementation and maintenance of data and voice network infrastructure systems. The expansion of the company's relationship with ShoreTel adds local presence in Australia and the UK to Black Box's global support of ShoreTel customers. In Europe, ShoreTel will begin work with Black Box in the UK with plans to expand Black Box's reach across 15 countries.
"Enterprise and SME customers in Europe expect and demand local service and support. By partnering with such an established technical services provider as Black Box, we can drive the expansion of our business and ensure that our global customers continue to be delighted by delivering the support they need on their doorstep. The growth of this strategic global alliance will enable us to deliver a reliable, flexible and easy-to-use unified communications solution to an already established customer base," said Mark Swendsen, EMEA managing director of ShoreTel.
ShoreTel's Pure IP Unified Communications solutions provide customers with a number of key benefits, including ease of use, manageability and lower total cost of ownership than alternative solutions. ShoreTel's distributed software architecture and switched-based hardware platform extend enterprise-class voice services to every office and remote location, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go.
"Our expanded relationship with Black Box is another important step in our commitment to help enterprises of all sizes reap the collaboration and productivity benefits that distributed unified communications make possible," said Mark Arman, vice president of business development of ShoreTel. "ShoreTel is proud to work with a company of Black Box's caliber and we believe customers will receive the best solutions and services as a result."
About Black Box
Black Box is a leading provider of voice and data network infrastructure services and products. It is one of the world's largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining data and voice infrastructure systems. The company serves 175,000 clients from 187 offices location in North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. To learn more, visit the Black Box website at www.blackbox.com.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP Unified Communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications-voice, video, messaging and data -with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com or call 1-877-80SHORE.