NetApp and DataGroupIT, NetApp’s exclusive distributor in Nigeria hosted over 500 IT executives and decision makers at the 5th annual “NetApp Innovation” Conference.
The event tagged “IT, a whole new ball game,” in the spirit of the upcoming FIFA 2010 world series games in Africa and as a reminder of the new ball game in IT with the entrance of cloud computing model, focused on cloud computing, virtualization and dynamic data centers.
The event was sponsored by IBM, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, CBC, WestconAfrica, Landmark, PD, GlassHouse, Computer Warehouse Group, JKK, Dimension Data and Business Data Protection & Recovery Limited.
Spokespersons from NetApp, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and others introduced their approach and solutions for cloud computing. The cooperation between NetApp, Cisco and VMware for creating a virtualized dynamic and complete data center with secure multi-tenancy announced recently was introduced for the first time in Nigeria.
Martyn Molnar, area director, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan (MEAP) NetApp, said “NetApp today is a worldwide technology partner of choice for enterprise class cloud deployments. NetApp have today a broad solutions portfolio, comprehensive professional services and global support.”
“We are committed to the Nigerian market and give our customers high levels of support with our partners and with direct connection to NetApp support center,” he added.
“IT is an area where we can share everything, and organizations can adopt the cloud computing model enabling them to receive IT as a Service either from their own organization or 3rd party providers who operate this service,” said Rex Mafiana, country manager, Nigeria and Ghana.
He added that “cloud computing model gives IT departments elastic scalability, a pay-as-you-go model, predictable cost structure, data access any time, anywhere and better operational efficiency.
“Virtualization technology enables IT departments build a shared and service-oriented infrastructure that the cost is per usage and not constant cost. Virtualization technology enables a shared and service-oriented infrastructure and with this model Service providers can now offer a lower-cost business model to organizations.”
Yaron Rapaport, solution architect, NetApp West Africa explained that “NetApp has proven experience and expertise in helping customers build “IT-as-a-service” infrastructure, for enterprises and service providers. NetApp’s unique cloud technology portfolio enables building a shared and virtualized infrastructure today, and will add more capabilities in the near future.”
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency.