Dimension Data has brought on HP veteran, Peter Prowse, as general manager of its datacentre solutions practice.
He replaces Ronnie Altit, who left the systems integrator in November to pursue his own consultancy business. Although Prowse was still “getting his feet under the desk”, he identified DiData’s strong virtual datacentre play, along with Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and the recent VMware, Cisco and EMC alliance (VCE) as main focus areas this year.
“I see my key priority as ensuring we capitalise on the recent confluence of events in the datacentre space, particularly now that most vendors have a clear strategy they are going to market with,” he said. DiData, as a systems integrator, also had a critical role to play taking customers through the various confusing and conflicting vendor roadmaps, he said.
“I believe systems integrators will be coming into their own as a result of the coalescing of clear strategies – whether it’s the VCE alliance, HP’s converged infrastructure, IBM’s datacentre strategy, our role will be increasing in importance not necessary from the vendor perspective, but from the customer perspective,” he said. Managed services were also an increasingly significant part of its offerings.
Prior to joining DiData, Prowse was director of HP’s network solutions group and managed its systems integration business. He also held senior sales and management positions in the Imaging and Printing Group and was NSW state manager for manufacturing and distribution industries during his 10 years with HP.
Prowse will work closely with David Hanrahan, who was recently appointed general manager of virtual datacentre initiatives.