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THINK iT named NetApp Silver Partner

02 September 2010

As a reward for demonstrating ongoing and heightened commitment to the NetApp brand while providing sales and services for the high quality storage systems provider, local ICT solutions provider, THINK iT Solutions has been awarded NetApp Silver Partner status.

What this move enables is THINK iT’s capacity in delivering virtualisation and storage services to its client base across South Africa. Furthermore, with six NetApp Accredited sales professionals and three NetApp Accredited storage architects on board, the company is well on its way to becoming Gold certified.

This is according to Louis Botha, Chief Technology Officer at THINK iT who adds that the company will now have access to NetApp’s complete product portfolio with the added benefit of access to partner-specific tools as well as training, sales and marketing programmes.

“NetApp storage systems offer field proven, highly available storage systems for consolidating data and simplifying data management,” he says. “These storage systems are easy to manage appliances that have been specifically designed for today’s scalable, network-centric IT system architectures.”

NetApp channel manager, Matthew Barker says NetApp solutions can assist partners like THINK iT to deliver improved performance and increased scalability to the dynamic enterprise. “Using the right mesh of products, technologies and partners, NetApp helps solve the most critical IT and business challenges while maximising return on investment (ROI),” he says.

“However, this would be near impossible to achieve without the support and brand loyalty demonstrated by partners such as THINK iT, and we are glad to be able to invite them on board to assist us in our endeavours in the South African market.”

THINK iT CEO, Dominic Oettl is naturally pleased with this development and says South Africa is experiencing a significant increase in the number of small-to-medium-sized businesses wanting to minimise their storage costs and move their networks to true virtualisation.

“Not every ICT provider is in a position to win NetApp Silver Partner status as it takes a high level of dedication to the vendor and its range of solutions coupled with a consistent focus to melding these solutions with other vendor offerings to create the best possible outcome for our clients,” he says. “With this Silver partnership, THINK iT is in the most advantageous position of being able to offer its clients virtualisation solutions that will aid them in saving money while pursuing their journey into the cloud.”