Data#3 opens Australian storage centre

The Australian Total Storage Solution Centre (TSSC) was launched today in a joint business venture between Data#3 Limited and IBM.The facility is located in North Sydney and, according to Data#3, is designed for "architecting, testing, evaluating and installing customised storage solutions", offering customers the opportunity to develop a "proof of concept" for their chosen storage solution prior to their purchase.

The Australian Total Storage Solution Centre (TSSC) was launched today in a joint business venture between Data#3 Limited and IBM.

The facility is located in North Sydney and, according to Data#3, is designed for "architecting, testing, evaluating and installing customised storage solutions", offering customers the opportunity to develop a "proof of concept" for their chosen storage solution prior to their purchase.

Data#3 stated in a release issued today that it plans to invest around AU$1 million over the next three years in the facility, which it said, has proven successful in 140 countries worldwide.

The release stated that the partnering organisations "identified a market opportunity in Australia for a centre that could provide businesses with a one-stop-shop for storage solutions including hardware, software and services".

"A critical element of the centre is to provide real-time storage configuration testing and tuning that demonstrates to customers how to network storage before they make a significant investment in a new system," stated the release.

Data#3 managing director John Grant said the centre is the only one of its kind in Australia.

"How to manage storage infrastructure has become a key issue for our client's IT departments. IBM's storage software family is about simplifying that infrastructure and helping clients deal with the high cost and complexity of data management," he said.

"It effectively offers customers a dramatic new way to visualise and ultimately virtualise their entire corporate information assets while improving storage capacity utilisation, administrator productivity, and application availability."

The Data#3 TSSC is now available for customer use.

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