Network infrastructure and power systems vendor American Power Conversion (APC) says an online university which trains partners in datacentre requirements will address a skill shortage in the New Zealand market.
"Datacentre managers have lacked this type of training and so has the end-user community," says APC's ANZ general manager, Gordon Makryllos. "The opportunity for resellers is driven by emerging technology — the datacentre of ten years ago and even three years ago was totally different."
APC has been looking to grow its business in network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) to support datacentre upgrades. Its InfraStruXure product combines power, cooling, racks and management.
The 28 modules offered through the university — www.datacentreuniversity.com — are free to all APC partners for three months, after which they’ll cost $100 each. Customers can also register for the courses. They cover topics such as security and monitoring; datacentre design, build and management; cabling; power cooling and racking, and are vendor independent.
APC sales manager Andrew Kirker says the online university concept is becoming more popular in the US, and the training option has been driven from APC's home country.
Makryllos says APC now has 15 gold or silver accredited partners in New Zealand and a much wider channel below that.
Last year it opened an Auckland demonstration centre to showcase InfraStruXure.