Physical Security: Beyond Guns, Guards and Gates

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While evangelists have long predicted the convergence of digital and logical security technology, market forces and innovations are pushing solution providers together partnerships from these domains to make convergence happen.

The warehouses of broad-line IT distributor Ingram Micro will soon stock fire control systems, automated door locks and products along since servers, switches and storage arrays that make up the core of its portfolio.

Ingram Micro announced yesterday that it will now stock physical security technologies, providing solution providers with the products and support to build and implement systems that safeguard both the virtual and brick-and-mortar domains.

"The launch of this security division is another example of our continuing efforts to expand our reach and bring value and focus to new and adjacent markets," said Keith Bradley, president of Ingram Micro North America in a statement on the launch.

Physical security is no longer the distant cousin of logical security. Security evangelists have long prognosticated that the logical and physical security worlds would converge into one big tent. Physical security systems—closed-circuit televisions, window and door alarms, turnstiles and other physical security devices—typically ran over dedicated lines and had siloed management systems. As more of these devices became IP-enabled, enterprises would migrate physical security to the data network and, eventually, be implemented and supported by solution providers and IT admins.


Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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