Respected members of the Namibian business community were swooped away on the Desert Express luxury train late afternoon in Windhoek, Namibia on Thursday, 11 July 2013. This spectacular event organised by Salt Essential IT (Pty) Ltd, and supported by Interdist, NetApp and Cisco, would showcase the revolutionary Expresspod and Flexpod systems incorporating Cisco USC (Unified Computing System) as well as NetApp Storage. The FlexPod platform is the result of Cisco and NetApp collaborating with operating system, hypervisor, and application technology providers.
FlexPod is built on leading computing, networking, storage, and infrastructure software components. It provides an ideal virtualized data center solution with:
- Validated technologies from industry leaders in computing, storage, networking, and server virtualization
- One platform built from unified compute, fabric, and storage technologies, with popular and trusted software virtualization
- Integrated components that help enable you to centrally manage all your infrastructure pools
- An open design management framework that integrates with your existing third-party infrastructure management solutions
Most guests were unaware of the planned activities as they enjoyed the sunset with the Salt, Cisco and Interdist representatives on the train. After roughly an hour of leisurely travel through the Khomas bushveld scenery, the train came to a stop as a cowboy was hijacking the train.
Guests were huddled into busses and taken to Umti, where upon arrival they were served with sangria in tin cups. A real cowboy meal consisting of baked beans and vienna’s, was served in tin plates, all in true western style. After being welcomed by Filipe Rodrigues, Cisco’s Channel Manager, one of Cisco’s Systems Engineers, Antonio Dos Santos, presented the Expresspod and Flexpod systems to a captivated crowd.
“FlexPod continues to play a foundational role in the future of data centers and private cloud environments. For that reason, it is a linchpin of the converged infrastructure consulting, analysis, design, deployment and support services that we offer to midmarket and enterprise customers. This new designation from Cisco and NetApp will help organizations identify the most qualified providers to ensure successful implementations that transform their data centers,” said Antonio Dos Santos during his presentation.
After the interesting presentation guests were supplied with even more food and drinks, while Vanessa Maresch, Business Development Manager of Salt, explained that guests would now have the opportunity to win some interesting prizes, simply by assembling a puzzle of the Flexpod system. Guests were very eager to try, being assisted and timed by Business Development Consultants Sean Kemp and Willem Steenkamp. Konrad Swart from MTC managed to assemble the puzzle within 21 seconds, a record of note!
The formalities came to an end after the lucky draw, when Nomore Beremauro of SME Bank, rode off into the sunset with a 46” 3D LED Sony screen. Guests were ushered back into busses and onto the train, for a much too short train ride back to Windhoek.
This event was very well attended and appreciated by the Namibian business community, including ICT representatives from both the public and private sectors and afforded Cisco, NetApp and Salt the opportunity to engage with customers on new technologies. Advice, design, procurement and implementation services and procurement of the Expresspod and Flexpod Systems are available from Salt.
Salt Essential Information Technology (PTY) Ltd.
Service Rd. 161 Mandume Ndemufayo Ave.
Phone: +264 61 273 900
Fax: +264 61 273 909
Cisco Systems International B.V.
Marketing Manager, E.A & ESA
7th Floor, Landmark Plaza, Argwings Khodek Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 20 276 4852
Mobile: + 254 721 889 556
Marketing Manager MEEEA
(Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa)
Mobile Phone +43 664 8866 1849