Software consultants Oakton Computing have announced an agreement with Microsoft, Intel Australia and Dell Computer to establish a solution centre in Melbourne.
The solution centre is being designed for current and potential customers of Oakton and the three vendors that wish to conduct proof-of-concept, scalability and performance testing for proposed applications.
Lloyd Borrett, national marketing manager for Oakton Computing, said the solution centre allows potential customers to see working prototypes of business applications, ensuring more confident purchasing decisions.
All four parties will be providing marketing and technical support for the centre, with Intel and Dell providing hardware and networking equipment, and Microsoft providing software.
Borrett said despite Dell being a direct sales organisation, the company required such agreements with partners to serve clients needing high-end scalability and performance testing.
"Dell has to go through the hassle of going in and implementing solutions on site just so a customer can see it in action," he said. "Having a centre where it is already set up makes a lot of sense."
The physical building will be constructed within the next few weeks, with orders for the infrastructure soon to follow and the launch date scheduled for March.