Are You Prepared to Meet Your Customers’ Complex Data Center Demands?


Feb, 15

Are You Prepared to Meet Your Customers’ Complex Data Center Demands?

Cisco, IBM, and VMware recently announced they were joining forces to deliver VersaStack, a Cisco-validated data center infrastructure solution designed to accelerate the deployment of data centers. VersaStack combines Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) servers and switches (includes Cisco UCS, Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director) with IBM Storwize 7000 storage arrays and the VMware vSphere cloud computing virtualization operating system. The infrastructure solution is ideal for big data, cloud, and mobility deployments.

If you think the integrated systems market is a small niche, you might want to reconsider your position. Research from IDC, for example, forecasts that the integrated systems market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33% over the next few years, reaching $14 billion by 2017.

Become The Solution to End User’s Talent Shortages
While each component in the VersaStack solution has been pre-validated to interoperate, the solution does require extensive technical skills to implement and configure. For example, prior to selling and implementing VersaStack, companies are expected to complete (or test out of) the following courses:

  • Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
  • VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • IBM Storwize V7000 Implementation Workshop
  • IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Implementation
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Node Hands

This is a daunting undertaking for many end users to handle on their own, including contacting each vendor, scheduling and paying for courses, and covering for engineers and technicians while they’re out of the office. And, that’s why a trusted IT solution provider is so often a preferred alternative.

But, what about IT solution providers, how are they expected to get the kind of training required to implement VersaStack? Ingram Micro Training was developed with this concern in mind, and has been designed to be a single source for our channel partners’ IT and business skills development needs. Today, Ingram Micro Training offers more than 11,000 certification courses delivered in multiple formats including live online, classroom, and after hours to meet resellers’ diverse scheduling requirements.

Additionally, Ingram Micro Training doesn’t put the burden of figuring out which of the thousands of certifications your team should pursue. Within the past year, we launched the Partner Training Network (PTN), a solution driven program designed to help business partners assess and streamline their training needs across multiple vendors with the end goal of creating new high-margin product offerings.

To enhance business partners’ learning experience, we limit class sizes and all classes are taught by vendor-certified instructors with practical, real world experience. Classes are conducted throughout our 28 company-owned classroom facilities as well as live online. They can even be conducted at your facility.

Access to the PTN is limited and conditional to ensure the maximum quality of service to our partners. Those interested in learning more about VersaStack training and certification as well as other vendor certification training should contact one of our training experts right away via phone at 1 (800) 456-8000, Ext. 76094 or via email at training@ingrammicro.com.

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