NetApp is a storage and data management solutions company competing with the likes of EMC, HP, IBM, Imation, Quantum, Seagate and Western Digital. The Zimbabwe launch and new partnership will see NetApp solutions sold and supported locally by Frolgate.
The launch was attended by the Principal Director in the Ministry of ICT, Mr Cosmas Chigwamba who delivered a keynote address on behalf of the Minister of ICT, Hon. Nelson Chamisa. In the address, the minister explained that Zimbabwe has made significant leaps in the telecommunications industry and companies like NetApp make strategic partners in achieving economic transformation.
Speaking at a press conference held between sessions at the event, Frolgate managing director Mr. Tongesai Chingwena said that Frolgate is constantly looking for growth opportunities and becoming the official NetApp Value Added Reseller in Zimbabwe “is a good opportunity to invest in our people and customers.
“This will give us a compelling proposition to our customers as it will help the significantly reduce costs” explained Chingwena.
Present at the launch was NetApp strategic advisor for the EMEA region, Mr. Matt Watts who explained that NetApp was launching in Zimbabwe now to share its technology and experience in a time that Zimbabwe is starting to experience economic growth. Watts further explained that NetApp’s objective is to help Zimbabwean companies reduce data management costs so they can invest in their people.
Zimbabwe is attracting the attention of big Internal ICT companies and investors. Other global ICT giants like HP are lined up to present ICT infrastructure solutions in Zim before the end of this year.