Obsidian Systems has been selected as Zimbra's training partner in South Africa, offering both basic and advanced administrative courses for the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS).

ZCS 6.0 is a feature-rich email and collaboration application that offers additional functionality depending on the needs of the client. Zimbra can be deployed in organisations with anywhere from 15 to 150 000 machines. It offers optional features such as archiving or mobile integration.
Obsidian has been involved with Zimbra for well over a year, both as a reseller and user of its collaboration suite. “When Zimbra announced its training was to be channel-enabled, we were eager to add it to our existing training offerings,” says Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian. “Becoming the region’s Zimbra training partner is in line with Obsidian's strategy to provide solutions, skills and training on various enterprise open source solutions.”
Andy Pflaum, vice president of global channel sales and business development at Zimbra, adds: “Strong world-wide demand is fueling the rapid growth of Zimbra’s partner and distribution networks. This demand is also providing opportunities for our partners like Obsidian to provide valuable training services, and we are very happy to welcome them on board.”
Much of Obsidian's success to date can be attributed to its focus on the availability of skilled internal resources. “Of course, adequately trained end-users are as important as having highly skilled technical resources at your disposal,” van Staden explains.
Zimbra's Basic Administration Course provided by Obsidian is an in-depth two-day session covering the installment, management, and maintenance of ZCS's deployment.
The Advanced Administration Course comprises of the basic session as well as an extra day covering the configuration of a multi-node ZCS architecture for scalability and growth.
The courses are designed for system administrators with at least entry-to-mid-level administration experience and working knowledge the Linux operating system.
According to van Staden, more and more organisations have been showing interest in open standard and open source-based collaboration suites like Zimbra's. “Many companies have been looking for an alternative solution like Zimbra for years,” he says.
Obsidian also currently offers international certifications training for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Linux, MySQL, Jboss, PHP, and Java.