28/03/2002

CARA Group adds Cisco VPN Security Specialisation

CARA Group, one of Ireland's leading indigenous providers of IT solutions, has added Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network) Security Specialisation to its existing voice access and IP telephony Cisco specialisations and Cisco silver certification status.

The VPN Security Specialisation recognises CARA Group with the ability to plan, design, implement and support Cisco VPN Security Specialisation solutions.

David Little, Managing Director, CARA Group, said: "This specialisation leverages CARA's long term experience in providing voice and data converged network solutions. CARA can now provide this leading industry solution to new and existing clients, in particular in the rapidly expanding areas of IP telephony and voice access. Through investment in skills and the addition of this latest Cisco accreditation, CARA's 20-strong IP Telephony Group goes from strength to strength."

Cisco specialisations channel partners are required to meet the following specific personnel requirements: an account manager, responsible for the sales and customer engagement processes; a sales engineer, responsible for the network planning and design; and a field engineer, responsible for the implementation and support of the specified Cisco solution.

Earlier this month CARA Group confirmed a major contract to provide support services for Heatons' 26 department stores and their head office in Tallaght, Ireland.

Under the terms of the contract CARA will provide IT support services for hardware and software including all point of sale, till systems and retail devices.

Since 1968, the CARA Group www.cara.ie have been providing technology solutions. Its offers and capabilities embrace all areas of an organisation's technology requirements such as security, storage, network integration, enterprise systems, professional services and managed services.

Total revenues for CARA Group last year amounted to €67 million.

The CARA Group completed an MBO from Bull in February 2001.

Equity was supplied by Hibernia Capital Partners and the bank debt by AIB in a deal worth €33 million.

(SP)

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