Australian IT advisory and consultancy firm Diversus Group plans to establish a local office next year to capitalise on the growing data storage market.
The NetApp platinum delivery partner works as a third party to advise the vendor’s customers about consolidation and storage of business data, data protection, and system operations and management.
Diversus Group chief technologist Aaron Pickering says its expansion plans include New Zealand, as it is a strategic market. It has worked locally with long-standing Netapp partner Fujitsu.
“We see significant opportunity to provide intelligent services for NetApp customers in New Zealand and add value to their enterprise storage environments. We will start moving into the local market in the near future, when businesses are feeling a little more confident we are moving out of the global financial crisis.”
He envisages Auckland as the base and wants to employ five people in the first year of operation here.
“Our growth model has always been an organic one. The numbers will be determined by demand, and also what complementary consulting we undertake.”
The type of roles Pickering is looking to fill include business development and storage consulting. He will then look at recruiting people with server virtualisation and datacentre consolidation skills.
“As a consulting company we have always enjoyed challenging environments, and the need now of clients to do more with less provides some of those challenges. New Zealand is a market that requires you to work with your clients, not just drop in a solution.”
Pickering says there is a need to work closely with customers to deliver full offerings, rather than just infrastructure. “The [local] growth will come from the strength of our relationships and our ability to deliver tangible value to the business. The information and data storage management domain is evolving rapidly.”
He says Diversus Group sees itself as complementary to NetApp’s channel partners.
“We have had extensive experience over the past three years working alongside [Australian] channel partners. We feel that our ability to collaborate with partners and deliver the whole solution, rather than just one part, to be another of our strengths.”