Managed services provider, Ensyst, has chosen storage vendor, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), as its latest local strategic partner.
According to Ensyst general manager, Nick Sone, HDS’ strong and close worldwide alliance with Microsoft was the main attraction for the integrator, which is already a long term Microsoft partner and was recognised as the 2011 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Australia.
“When I look across the infrastructure and the requirements that my customers have when I’m putting those types of solutions in, I look at the very strong play HDS has made with Microsoft globally,” he said.
“This included the R&D Microsoft is putting into tailoring their storage solutions for these applications, so it made perfect sense that I should be taking those solutions to my customers.”
Sone adds that Ensyst’s partnership with Microsoft has meant that their solutions have become based around Lync, Exchange, Sharepoint, and other products from the Redmond-based software giant.
“As a Microsoft partner, I am working very hard to bring productivity solutions based on our stack to the market,” he said.
“That’s why HDS seemed like the logical choice for us.”
Beyond HDS’ Microsoft connection, Sone says that the other attraction of the vendor was their technical solutions complement the Microsoft stack.
“For me being an implementer of Microsoft solutions and being able to put it on the HDS solution means that my solutions work better for customers,” he said.
As a result, from the technology perspective, Sone says that Ensyst was “very impressed” with what HDS are able to bring to the table.
Ensyst is also working with several customers that are looking at their data management requirements, so the partnership with HDS is seen as another way to capitalise on this opportunity.