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Monday, May 20, 2013


Black Box Achieves Cisco Master Managed Services Certification and Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization



PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – May 20, 2013 – Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX), a leading communications systems integrator, announced today it has achieved the Cisco® Master Managed Services Certification. This certification distinguishes Black Box as having the highest level of expertise in developing and delivering managed services and recognizes its investment in the ITIL® (IT Infrastructure Library) processes, practices and tools necessary to provide high-quality managed services. Additionally, Black Box achieved the Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization which recognizes the fulfillment of training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, design and deploy comprehensive Cisco® Data Center solutions.

The achievement of Cisco Master Managed Services certification complements and reinforces Black Box’s client-focused approach to communications systems integration, “Black Box’s managed services portfolio, including our flagship Cisco managed services offering – Black Box ConvergenceCareSM - allows clients to take advantage of the best Black Box has to offer,” commented Chris Tjotjos, Vice President of Black Box’s Cisco Solutions Practice. “These services, built on a foundation of ITIL® processes and practices, deliver real value to clients every day. From sophisticated monitoring to staff augmentation to transformational engagements that replace outdated infrastructure with new innovative solutions, these managed service offerings optimize communications system investments and continue to be a critical part of our clients’ requirements.”

Black Box earned Cisco Master Managed Services Certified Partner status by demonstrating the ability to deliver sophisticated solutions, meeting stringent requirements that reflect a depth of capabilities, and undergoing an independent audit by an objective third-party auditor.

“Black Box’s investment in the Cisco Master Managed Services Certification ranks it among an elite group of channel partners with the resources to deploy, manage and support services for multiple technologies,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Cisco.

In addition, Black Box also achieved Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization. “As a Cisco Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialized Partner, Black Box has made a significant investment in the training required to help customers accelerate their business growth, reduce the total cost of ownership, and extend the life of its current infrastructure by making its data center more efficient, agile and resilient,” said Ralph Nimergood, vice president of data center architecture for the worldwide partner department at Cisco.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing and maintaining today's complex communications solutions. Black Box services more than 175,000 clients in approximately 150 countries with approximately 200 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

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Contact: Black Box Corporation
Gary Doyle
Vice President of Corporate Communications
and Investor Relations
Phone: 724-873-6788
E-mail: investors@blackbox.com

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