Microsoft TechEd, Durban – Microsoft has invested $4,5-million on a new technology centre at its Bryanston head office, where customers can preview and use solutions put together by the software vendor and its partners. 
Johannes Kanis, product marketing manager: private cloud, says the company worked with all of its industry partners to develop the Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC).
“It’s a place where customers can come in and have an immersion experience.”
Although the MTC will be officially launched in the near future, Kanis says customers are already using it.
“It’s got a selection of great solutions, from all of our vendors as well as solutions from our partners,” he says.
Among the solutions showcased at the MTC are pre-configured appliances that allow customers to “plug and play” in fairly complex environments. Kanis explains that the traditional way of building enterprise systems is to create a reference architecture – literally a customised solution for each implementation.
However, vendors now offer appliances which are pre-configured and pre-certified that allow customers to build complex systems quickly and without having to find scarce skills.
“The vendors can now focus on the value they offer, not the underlying hardware and software,” Kanis explains.