Telstra, Dimension Data, and Data#3 are among a slew of new Australian companies named by Microsoft as local deployment partners for its wall-mounted video conferencing and collaboration Surface Hub device.
In addition to Telstra, Dimension Data, and Data#3, Microsoft has also reached partnership agreements with Insight, ProAV, Ensyst, and Generation-E, all of which will deploy the enterprise-targeted all-in-one PC to businesses in the local market.
According to the software giant, the appointment of these Australian providers as partners puts Microsoft “one step closer to bringing a new way of working to our business customers,” and is part of a broader rollout strategy for the device.
“Whilst we are expanding availability, we will continue to take the steps and time needed to create and deliver the best possible experience to our customers with a very measured go-to-market approach,” said Microsoft in a statement.
The supersize Surface Hub, which comes in an 84-inch, 4K touch-screen display model and a smaller 55-inch model, was unveiled by Microsoft in January 2015, as part of the company’s Surface family of hardware devices. It began shipping in certain regions earlier this year.
According to Microsoft’s local website, the 84-inch version of the device retails at $34,099, while the 55-inch model is priced at $13,499.
The company claims the collaboration device will make meetings more productive, modernise workflows, and let people engage with their organisational data in new ways.
“Just as the PC revolutionised productivity for individuals, we see Surface Hub as a transformative tool for group productivity, collaboration, and satisfaction,” the company said.
The local Surface Hub partnership announcement comes eight months after the Microsoft said it would expand the reseller channel of its portable Surface tablet devices in Australia, to meet growing demand in the local market.
“This has been of high interest and high demand that we continue to have for the Surface from both customers and resellers,” said Microsoft Australia Surface business group lead, Tina Flammer at the time.
“We have continually exceeded all growth expectations here in Australia with the Surface, so broadening our reach will enable us with more customers that want to incorporate it into their business.”