HP has announced a new certification program to coincide with the launch of its BladeSystem c3000.
Dubbed 'Shorty,' the product range is aimed at midsized companies. HP claims it will reduce power and cooling by 30 per cent.
The certification program offers several levels of specialisation including office systems, business systems, storage systems and datacentre.
"We need as many people out there that are well trained and able to solve business problems," HP's director of enterprise servers and storage, Stephen Bovis, said. "Customers know the partner they are working with has the skills, training and people who are able to articulate the technology benefits and look at opportunities within their environment."
In order to sign up, partners must be part of the Business Partner Solutions Architect (BPSA) program and meet required levels of sales, pre-sales and technical certification. About 10 have taken the plunge so far.
Certified partners get early access to new products, rebates and a HP account manager. They can also sell prepackaged HP Care Pack fixed-price services.