Axon has trumped other channel rivals by being the first local Microsoft partner to plug the vendor’s soon-to-launch server operating system in a nationwide roadshow.
The integrator’s pre-launch Windows Server 2008 seminars this month even come ahead of Microsoft’s own launch events for the product.
The Axon seminars kicked off in Christchurch on February 19 and conclude in Auckland on February 28 with stops in Wellington and Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is holding a series of technical briefings on Windows Server 2008, along with SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, in March following their official global launch on February 27.
Axon partner alliance manger Adam Hall says the seminars will give the company’s customers a headstart on exploring the new technology. “We wanted to generate interest ahead of the official launch.”
Axon is hosting the seminars in conjunction with Microsoft and has access to product information and materials the vendor is using in its own launch. “We also have Microsoft people presenting.”
But the company is not just focussing on Microsoft’s offerings in the seminars. “We will highlight where Windows Server 2008 fits in with our solution framework,” says Hall.
Axon is excited about the opportunities presented by Windows Server 2008, especially with its network access protection, virtualisation and branch office capabilities. “Many of the new features are particularly relevant to New Zealand.”
Windows Server 2008, alongside Windows Vista, will allow 64-bit computing to become mainstream, adds Hall. “With Windows Server 2008, 64-bit computing is just not quite so hard anymore.”
Although Hall does not expect mass rollouts of Windows Server 2008 this year, he does believe uptake will ramp up next year. “It has been five years since the last operating system [Windows Server 2003] – this is a complete revamp. We believe deployment will go through the roof in 2009.”
Microsoft’s Launch Wave technical briefings meanwhile will be the company’s biggest ever outreach to IT professionals and developers says Microsoft application platform marketing manager Ben Green. “Microsoft’s infrastructure software touches the lives and careers of a significant number of Kiwis. The seminars will give them a chance to ensure they are at the top of their game.”
The seminars will be held in Christchurch on March 11, Wellington on March 18 and 19, and Auckland on March 26 and Green expects them to attract more than 2000 attendees.
In addition to two technical training tracks for IT professionals and developers, the seminars will also feature international speakers.
Reseller News will carry an interview with Ben Green and Microsoft New Zealand Windows Server and Core Infrastructure marketing manager Tovia Va'aelua on what these new products mean for local partners in the next issue.