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SUSE appoints Linux Warehouse as distributor

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The South African market provides significant potential for the growth of Linux solutions, says Linux Warehouse's Jan-Jan van der Vyver.
The South African market provides significant potential for the growth of Linux solutions, says Linux Warehouse's Jan-Jan van der Vyver.

Enterprise Linux solutions provider, SUSE South Africa, has appointed Johannesburg-based Linux Warehouse as a formally accredited distributor.

Linux Warehouse MD Jan-Jan van der Vyver believes the South African market provides significant potential for the growth of Linux solutions.

"Based on our experience, as a distributor, we believe SUSE is capable of 35% growth in this market. There are unique opportunities for SUSE with SAP, in the retail arena with the Point-Of-Service solution, and with the IBM Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL)."

Linux Warehouse is active in the banking, financial, healthcare, government, retail, telecoms, motoring, education, engineering and ICT market segments and sees good potential for increasing sales in SA, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda, the company says.

"We have plans for extending our African footprint and have made an internal appointment who focuses on Africa, as well as marketing campaigns targeting Africa. Initially, most of our SUSE-based growth will be coming from South Africa, but we expect the Africa numbers to grow significantly over the next few years," added Van der Vyver.

"Already we have more than 100 active resellers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, which provides us with a great footprint from which to launch SUSE."

SUSE claims it offers economical technology that is free from "vendor lock-in" for companies reliant on IT solutions. According to Matthew Lee, regional manager for SUSE in SA, the strength of the product is being clearly demonstrated across a growing number of commercial and industrial sectors.

"Enterprises in these verticals can benefit from open source Linux solutions in terms of optimisation and innovation. The appointment of Linux Warehouse is great news for SUSE, as Linux Warehouse is the only open-source-focused distributor in Africa and brings great selling skills into the channel."

Lee adds that SUSE is experiencing good growth in SA and that enterprise open source Linux offers cost efficiency and competitive advantages.

"With its focus on SUSE, Linux Warehouse has extended its client and reseller base and is well placed to further boost SUSE sales."

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