Cisco SA’s regional sales manager, Michel de Beauregard, says the opening of the centre marks a key milestone for the company’s business in SA, as it represents Cisco’s investment in the local market “as [Cisco] supports customers to transition from the PC era to the cloud era”.

Globally, Cisco operates 21 such centres in its major head office locations, including China, Italy, Germany, Australia, the US, Canada and the UK.

Virtual desktops

New to SA, says Cisco, is the next phase of its Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure (VXI), a desktop virtualisation tool that brings voice and video into the virtual workspace. Cisco says VXI was designed to simplify desktop virtualisation and help South African enterprises fully utilise the financial, data security and workforce flexibility that it affords.

“Cisco VXI also reduces the total cost of ownership of desktop virtualisation solutions by significantly increasing the number of virtual desktops that can be hosted on each server.”

According to Gartner, desktop virtualisation is set to see a significant spike in SA. The IT research company says, worldwide, the hosted virtual desktop market is expected to reach 70 million units, or 15%, of enterprise desktops and laptops by 2014.

By Bonnie Tubbs, ITWeb journalist.