IT integrator, Dimension Data, has promoted two managers to lead its Microsoft solutions and virtual datacentre charge.
The former general manager for Microsoft Solutions, David Hanrahan, has been made general manager for virtual datacentre initiatives, while the former national Microsoft practice manager, Brian Walshe, has been promoted to replace him.
Walshe’s old role will be absorbed into his new responsibilities.
A 13-year veteran of DiData, Hanrahan will coordinate the company’s efforts to sell Microsoft, Cisco, EMC and VMware solutions to customers.
He said the newly created position would take advantage of user demand for a whole-of-system approach.
“My role is to start to look at it from a client’s perspective, as a result of analysing their requirements and architecture, to consolidate, virtualise and automate their product,” Hanrahan said.
DiData will be providing virtual datacentre maturity assessments to customers that take two to three days of analysis up to two months for larger clients.
These will analyse a customer's equipment and systems to see how far along the path to virtualised datacentres they are and what they need to continue.
Hanrahan said the rise of virtualised datacentres was a strong trend gaining momentum thanks to the move to managed services.
“For everybody in our industry, it’s really important to be across the impacts of consolidation and virtualisation and what that means for the IT market as a whole,” he said.
“I’ll consider our venture a success when people who are approaching us on individual projects actually come to us to look at their whole infrastructure.
“As we start to see more virtualisation gain momentum, and move to managed services, it’s very important for our clients to understand who’s going to have control of their data depending on which way they provision their services.
“As an entry point for clients to the business, I think [virtual data centres] could give us as much as half our datacentre business within 12-18 months.”