First Technology - appointed Commvault Service Advantage Partner
Commvault, a global leader in data protection and information management, has announced the appointment of First Technology as a Service Advantage Partner for the sub-Saharan Africa region. The appointment elevates First Technology from Commvault partner to true value-added solutions provider, enabling it to provide customers with comprehensive end-to-end professional Commvault services in addition to the solutions.
Says Gerhard Fourie, Channel Manager at Commvault South Africa: "First Technology is a long-standing partner that has committed to not only reselling Commvault solutions, but also investing in the skills and resources that go hand-in-hand with the offering. This Service Advantage Partner status will provide First Technology with a distinct differentiator and new revenue opportunities. In addition, customers in need of a trusted advisor for their data management requirements can now look to First Technology."
"This appointment is also in line with our strategy to expand our markets and create a solid support infrastructure for the end-user customers through our partners that have made the additional commitment to the Commvault brand."
Eligibility to become a Service Advantage Partner is by invitation only and is subject to specific criteria. Partners are required to commit to a minimum of three technically certified resources, including a solutions architect to a deployment specialist as well as a project manager. Dedicated and fully trained sales resources are also required. Once certification is completed, Commvault assesses two recent installations and, if satisfied that it is in line with their standards and templates, only then is the status of Service Advantage Partner awarded.
Gerhard Olivier, Manager for Solution Consulting at First Technology, says: "Becoming a Service Advantage Partner allows us to take the full Commvault solution to our customers, from design to implementation to delivery to support. The appointment recognises our technical skills and knowledge around Commvault's product suite and demonstrates our capabilities as a trusted consultant and solution provider. Importantly, it also highlights our ability to integrate with existing and new third-party technologies, further bolstering our customer-centric approach to deliver more flexibility and functionality."
Eugene Maritz, Services Director at First Technology, explains: "We have several strategic partnerships with hardware and software vendors, such as Microsoft, and the ability to offer built-in turnkey storage solutions is of huge benefit to the customer. In addition, the pending roll-out of Microsoft's Azure services in South Africa gives us the ability to implement Commvault solutions that work hand-in-hand with this platform."