NetApp and Tech Data have partnered to launch a new Cloud Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Singapore, designed to drive cloud adoption through the ASEAN channel.
The centre will showcase NetApp technologies spanning virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), DevOps and hybrid cloud infrastructure (HCI), amid plans to up-skill partners and customers within the field of hybrid cloud.
Furthermore, the facility will also host “regular technical enablement sessions” focusing on “end-to-end solutions” delivered by the technical team at Tech Data. The sessions are open to partners and will also feature a “lite” version for proof of concepts.
“More organisations in ASEAN are adopting cloud as their de facto IT backbone to gain the speed and agility needed to compete in the digital age,” said Wendy Koh, vice president of Alliances across Asia Pacific at NetApp. “The CoE aims to help organisations harness the power of the cloud with better control, costs and efficiency.
“It will do so by coupling NetApp’s solutions with Tech Data’s expertise to enable organisations to simplify IT management and deliver a truly seamless hybrid multi-cloud experience to scale DevOps workloads, ensure consistency of applications, as well as rapidly innovate.”
Koh said the launch comes as customers in ASEAN demonstrate “increased interest” in VDI, HCI and DevOps as cloud deployment plans heighten. According to IDC, 65 per cent of businesses in Asia Pacific will have a multi-cloud management strategy by 2022.
“Successful digital transformation is more than simply embedding technology; it requires deep industry insights combined with functional expertise and technical know-how,” said Bennett Wong, Vice President and General Manager, ASEAN, at Tech Data.
“Tech Data has established this shared facility to help partners enhance their skills using a train-the-trainer concept, focusing on technology, business concepts and best practices.
“Together with NetApp, we will deliver end-to-end cloud solutions through the CoE, enabling partners to optimise their operations, increasing their speed to market so they can capture new business opportunities. We look forward to further supporting our partners across ASEAN through our unique cloud skills housed within the center.”