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THINK iT recognised as future virtualisation leader by Microsoft

26 October 2010

Local ICT solutions provider, THINK iT, has been acknowledge by Microsoft as one of tomorrow’s virtualisation leaders within the South African market.

Having submitted a proposal to participate in Microsoft’s annual Partner Awards, it was a welcome surprise to receive the Tipped for Success in Virtualisation award, says THINK iT CEO, Dominic Oettl.

“This award underscores its belief in our dedication to the brand and to the technology itself,” he adds.

Louis Botha, Chief Technology Officer at THINK iT says that, through the award , the company was recognised as a focussed delivery partner in the server, desktop, presentation and application virtualisation space and is pleased to note that Microsoft has noticed THINK iT’s 100 percent focus on its virtualisation offerings.

“This serves as recognition of our increasing and advanced skill sets, our understanding of the components from all angles and abilities in determining and deploying successful virtualisation projects,” he says.

“One example of this is a recent deployment, which saw a complete technology upgrade for global defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems' local division in South Africa. Together, Microsoft and THINK iT designed a solution to address BAE’s need to replace and upgrade its LAN, WAN, data centre, software stack, client computing and disaster recovery infrastructure across its three South African business units.”

Botha says the upgrade had to take place in order for BAE Systems' business units across the globe to share information, intellectual capital, operational best practices and for the company to operate more efficiently.

“With this in mind, the project took just over 24 months to complete – 18 months of physical implementation time and six months for the scoping, planning, equipment sourcing and procurement exercises to take place.

A spokesperson from BAE emphasised that Think iT was the right choice to meet the skills and resources demanded for a successful implementation and was pleased with the business value experienced upon its completion.

“We know our capabilities in the virtualisation space, our clients rely on us to deliver and now Microsoft acknowledged this too,” says Botha. “We foresee great opportunities for 2011 and we intend on being the go-to company locally for any and all virtualisation requirements.”