Saturday, 10 August 2013

Ireland's DataSolutions invests ?100k to launch new technology demo labs

DataSolutions, Ireland's leading value-add IT distributor, is today launching new technology workshops that will provide customers and partners with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge technologies in live environments.  It has invested €100,000 to develop the demo labs that will showcase some of the most advanced virtualisation, mobility and security technologies to the Irish market.

DataSolutions will host a series of live and interactive technology events using its new demonstration environments. The first DataSolutions demo workshop will be held in August 2013 and will focus on enterprise mobility technology from Citrix.

The investment in the demo workshops has been funded by accumulated earnings in the business as profits have continued to grow over the last number of years, particularly across DataSolutions virtualisation and security businesses.

DataSolutions has doubled the size of its overall security business in the last three years. It has grown Dell Wyse revenues by 750% in the past two years and tripled its Check Point business in the same time. In addition, its virtualisation business has experienced significant growth, increasing revenues by 40% in 2012

Francis O'Haire, director of technology and strategy at DataSolutions said, "We have experienced a surge in demand from our existing client base in the areas of mobility and the need to address the security and management challenges arising from the consumerisation of IT.

"With employees taking the lead and bringing work to their personal devices, they have changed the entire concept of the workplace. The first mobility workshops will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience new approaches to addressing employee demand for BYOD and investigate how the Citrix technology can unlock opportunities for their business."

DataSolutions' partner base includes some of the world's leading technology companies such as Citrix, Symantec, Check Point, ShoreTel, Aruba, RSA, the security division of EMC and Dell Wyse. Working closely with its partners, DataSolutions has ensured all of its employees are trained and certified to the highest levels so they can provide the best advice during the live technology workshops.

Two new hires in the areas of virtualisation and security have also been brought on-board to work alongside the existing team in delivering the workshops and will also be responsible for business development in these areas.

Michael O'Hara, managing director, DataSolutions said, "To support our channel partners and meet the evolving needs of businesses, we made the decision to invest in these new technology workshops that will demonstrate the most pioneering technologies on the market. The labs have been set up in such a way that they will provide resellers with insights into best practices around virtualisation, mobility or security and to provide the best solution recommendations for individual customers."