If you think the integrated systems market is a small niche, you might want to reconsider your position. Research from IDC, for example, forecasts this market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33% over the next few years, reaching $14 billion by 2017. Most CIOs report that it’s difficult to stay on budget and on time due to the complexity of deploying traditional IT infrastructure. As a result, CIOs are looking to modernize their data centers to keep pace with dynamic business priorities. VersaStack was designed to respond to these needs and challenges.
About six months ago Cisco, IBM, and VMware joined forces to deliver VersaStack, a Cisco-validated data center infrastructure solution designed to accelerate the deployment of data centers. VersaStack combines Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) servers and switches (includes Cisco UCS, ACI [application centric infrastructure]-ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director) with IBM Storwize 7000 storage arrays and the VMware vSphere cloud computing virtualization operating system. The infrastructure solution is ideal for big data, cloud, and mobility deployments.
Become The Solution to End User’s Talent Shortages
While each component in the VersaStack solution has been pre-validated to interoperate, the solution does require extensive technical skills to implement and configure. For example, prior to selling and implementing VersaStack, companies are expected to complete (or test out of) the following courses:
- Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)
- Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
- VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
- IBM Storwize V7000 Implementation Workshop
- IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Implementation
- IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
- IBM Flex System V7000 Node Hands
This is a daunting undertaking for many IT solution providers (ITSPs) to handle on their own, including contacting each vendor, scheduling and paying for courses, and covering for engineers and technicians while they’re out of the office. Ingram Micro Training was developed with this concern in mind, and has been designed to be a single source for channel partners’ IT and business skills development needs.
Today, Ingram Micro Training offers more than 11,000 certification courses delivered in multiple formats including live online, classroom, and after hours to meet resellers’ diverse scheduling requirements.
Additionally, Ingram Micro Training doesn’t put the burden of figuring out which of the thousands of certifications your team should pursue. Within the past year, Ingram Micro launched the Partner Training Network (PTN), a solution driven program designed to help business partners assess and streamline their training needs across multiple vendors with the end goal of creating new high-margin product offerings.
To enhance channel partners’ learning experience, class sizes are limited and all classes are taught by vendor-certified instructors with practical, real world experience. Classes are conducted throughout Ingram Micro’s 28 company-owned classroom facilities as well as live online. They can even be conducted at your facility.
Access to the PTN is limited and conditional to ensure the maximum quality of service to Ingram MIcro partners. Those interested in learning more about VersaStack training and certification as well as other vendor certification training should contact an Ingram Micro training expert via phone at 1 (800) 456-8000, ext. 76094 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, partners with data center questions can contact Kevin Besecker, Channel Account Specialist II at Ingram Micro at (716) 633-3600 ext. 66665 or via email at Kevin.Besecker@ingrammicro.com.