VMware is making significant investment in the African market for the provision of its leading virtualisation solutions for desktops and servers, a fact being borne out by Torque IT's expansion of its VMware training capability.
To date, 95% of VMware courses in South Africa have been facilitated by Torque IT. The companies have a long-standing relationship in the EMEA region, where ongoing interaction and a controlled partnership model have been key to a wholly synergistic relationship.
Lewis Gee, VP of northern region of VMware EMEA, says the need to partner with a skilled and certified training organisation was identified early on.
"At present, our target is to train more customers and partners than was achieved towards the end of 2006," he says.
Torque IT has built its VMware training capacity to train more than that, having doubled its capacity for VMware training. A second training facility has been established in Cape Town with additional trainers appointed to meet the anticipated growth into Africa.
"VMware, as a virtualisation technology, changes the way IT infrastructure has been adopted by service providers. This is now trickling down to end user and, as a consequence, growing substantially," says Gerhard Alberts, general manager, Operations at Torque IT.
The reality of virtualisation is making a significant impact across Africa, and needs to be supported throughout the region and beyond. Kenya, Mozambique and Mauritius, for example, have shown a keen interest in the technology and related support and training, says Gee.
He adds that the adoption of virtualisation in Africa, in particular, makes good business sense, where electricity supply, security, insurance and space can add to the cost of installing, maintaining and supporting the IT infrastructure.
VMware and Torque IT provide a full regional service in terms of pre and post sales activities and training. "Customers can move towards virtualisation with confidence as all the elements required for success in this space have been in place for the past two years.
As part of its go to market strategy, VMware is also fleshing out its distribution channel in South Africa to meet the growing demand for support.
The financial retail and public sectors are showing the greatest opportunity for growth and traction, predominantly due to the size of infrastructure required for their operations.
Torque IT's VMware course schedule currently includes Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3), Install, Configure and Deploy and Design, Secure and Analyse (DSA).