Ingram to launch Victorian Partner Technology Centre

Ingram to launch Victorian Partner Technology Centre

Forthcoming datacentre products and services demonstration facilities will be part of the distributor's new Victorian office in Abbotsford

Ingram Micro is relocating its Melbourne office from Burwood to the city suburb of Abbotsford to expand partner facilities in Victoria.

The four Green Star-rated building will feature a new Partner Technology Centre (PTC), which enables resellers to test and demonstrate datacentre-related products and services. The distributor launched its first purpose-built $6 million Partner Technology Centre in its Sydney location last September.

In a statement, Ingram vice-president and managing director, Jay Miley, said the Sydney facility had been a huge success, demonstrating the need for a similar Victorian facility.

The Victorian PTC will be launched in September/October. Although an Ingram spokesperson was unable to confirm which vendors will be involved, a similar mix of Enterprise Technology Group names to Sydney is expected. These included APC, VMware, Avocent, Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec, Fortinet and Brocade.

The centre will be manned by four locally-based solutions architects, and supported by Sydney. The Ingram spokesperson said it would look to expand its solutions architect headcount in Victoria at a later date.

The larger office will hold 80 staff and is approximately double the size of Ingram’s former office. It will see Ingram staff base housed under the same roof as employees from Vantex, which Ingram acquired 12 months ago to round out its point-of-sale business. Phone numbers for Vantex will be retained.

Miley said the new location will also make it easier to serve the distributor’s Tasmania and South Australian customers. Ingram closed its physical South Australian office in March last year as part of a broader business restructure.

Other features of the new Victorian office include additional partner training facilities. The company moves to Abbotsford on April 24/25.

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