Networking vendor D-Link has moved its Australian head office from a cosy 570 square metre office in the Sydney suburb of Roseville to a 2000 square metre building in Sydney's own version of Silicon Valley, North Ryde.
The $1 million investment in new facilities reflects the vendor's impressive growth in the last five years, in which its local operations have grown from a $3 million business with six staff to a $36 million operation with more than 30 staff.
The facilities include 1,200 square metres of warehouse space, as opposed to the 300 square metres it struggled with in Roseville, meaning that the vendor can hold far more stock in Australia. The new premises can handle well over $10 million with a stock turnover of two months, as opposed to $4 million worth of stock in its old premises. D-Link has also invested in new systems: a Lotus-based server system provides distributors with secure access to the vendor's systems to check stock availability and the status of their orders; and a new digital PABX and VPN network linking D-Link's Melbourne and Brisbane offices will give it more efficient communications.
The facilities have enabled D-Link to expand its service and technical support departments and research and development team. The R&D team, which focuses on developing firewall and VPN technologies, now has 150 square metres to play with.
Channel partners are also likely to benefit from D-Link's new training facilities within the new North Ryde complex, which can hold close to 30 delegates. The vendor plans to implement a scheduled training program whereby resellers can participate in workshops to learn how to install and support technologies such as wireless, IP routers, VPNs and firewalls.
D-Link has ensured that the building is in such a position that it can be expanded if it continues to grow - at present it has the capability to be expanded to well over 3,000 square metres if necessary.