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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) South Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced that it will launch an in-house HDS Academy training facility for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, opening on 1 April 2016.

Hitachi Data Systems provides information management and Social Innovation solutions, for business and the greater social benefit. HDS incorporates the best of Hitachi IT and operational technology to deliver the insights that businesses need to flourish in the information age.

“Training through the HDS Academy enables our customers and partners to take full advantage of the benefits of their investment into HDS technology and solutions,” says Omar Jabr, EMEA Director of the HDS Academy.

“Whether you are a customer, partner or colleague, this is the best resource for enhancing your knowledge base and skill set, unlocking the true potential of Hitachi storage and data management, hardware, software, services and solutions.”

The courses on offer in the new fully-equipped training centre at HDS in Bryanston will combine leading education delivery methods, specialist instructors, and an emphasis on practical exercises. Not only will this prove a boon for regional clients, it will contribute positively to the overall maturity of data skills in the industry within the region.

Based on a needs assessment, HDS consultants can help design a structured training plan for each partner enterprise. Courses are restricted to a maximum of eight participants, to ensure individual attention and hands-on experience with the tools in the lab of the training centre – which will be overseen by experienced trainer Khaya Malinga, supported and assisted by the rest of the HDS Academy team.

Some of the first courses on offer include:

  • Managing Hitachi Storage with Hitachi Command Suite v8.x
  • Performing Advanced Operations with Hitachi Tuning Manager v8.x
  • Introducing Hitachi Storage Architecture and Key Features
  • Operating and Managing Data Protection and Data Migration on the Hitachi NAS Platform

The Academy will also offer the respected Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional Program, to validate the skills and knowledge of HDS partners, customers and staff.

“Our training portfolio was created to respond to the needs of our customers and partners, based on their direct feedback. We are excited to offer this training directly to our customers and partners in Southern Africa. We are confident that HDS Academy participants will achieve the highest standard of knowledge and experience from fully qualified instructors on our courses, and we look forward to setting up and facilitating your training deployments,” says Angie Jourdan, Regional Training Manager.

Interested parties can contact the Regional Education Manager, or email [email protected].