Software vendor, Net-iTech, has appointed three resellers for its Linux-based Nitix server operating system (OS) and announced bold plans to add another 120 across Australia and New Zealand.
The Canadian-based company has so far appointed Dycom Business Systems and Discovery Technology in Australia and Key IT in New Zealand.
Net-iTech A/NZ country manager, Graeme Shorter, said it was looking for resellers with extensive geographic, vertical and technological coverage.
The company is billing its Nitix product as the world’s first autonomic Linux-based server OS. It claims the OS can manage and configure itself without human intervention.
Net-iTech was targeting SMBs, Shorter said, which were increasingly wanting network servers with enterprise class features but without the inherent complexity.
The vendor was promising an extensive marketing campaign for Nitix to create market drag and would rely on its approved partner program to drive sales in the region, Shorter said.
The partner program includes unlimited access to support, a nil inventory requirement, 20 per cent off recommended end-user pricing and a free 30-day trial of the Nitix OS.
Shorter said Nitix was previously only available bundled with Net-iTech’s Net Integrator hardware products.
Net-iTech had begun offering Nitix as a standalone product in March to give resellers the flexibility of selling the OS with their own third-party hardware configurations, he said.
This would allow resellers to make money off additional third-party services bundled with the Nitix product, he said.
Shorter said resellers should be optimistic about opportunities in the Linux market.
Users were increasingly feeling locked into proprietary operating systems and were beginning to appreciate the extra choices Linux-based applications created, he claimed.