Faizel Baulackey, Comstor data centre manager

Comstor, a division of WestconGroup Southern Africa has strengthened its team with the addition of Faizel Baulackey, in the position of data centre manager. He joins the company from his previous position as an advanced customer support services sales representative for Oracle.

Baulackey is a seasoned ICT leader with over 16 years’ experience working in data centre solutions. He also has extensive experience in sales, business development and data solutions. Baulackey will be responsible for the growth of the data centre solutions and vendor offerings which he will do by aligning the Southern Africa Data Centre strategy with the rest of WestconGroup globally. He will also further develop a regional strategy and go-to-market plan for Comstor’s data centre business with the purpose to acquire and develop new channels in the reseller base and increase sales.

In previous projects Baulackey formed part of a team that identified issues in a business’s infrastructure environment and proposed solutions to these problems. He was involved in helping the business transform its infrastructure into a data centre of the future and worked with his team to consolidate and virtualise every aspect of the business’s IT infrastructure.

“I believe that there are three approaches to the cloud. Enterprise clients will most likely adapt multiple models and not settle in only one model. Companies can evolve from one type of model to another or they can change the mix,” says Baulackey.

“For example they can start with a private cloud and then decide to go to a public cloud. There are multiple approaches to cloud for business, but the inevitability of modernising data centres is a reality for local business. I look forward to assisting them on this journey and being able to – through Comstor – provide them with the services and solutions they may need to support them along the way.”

Baulackey believes cloud transformation will turn siloed enterprise architecture to a service-oriented portfolio of cloud architecture enabled services. He adds that businesses that undergo a cloud transformation will become more service-orientated and scalable and be able to deliver those services over the Internet and based on pay-per-use.

“I am pleased to welcome Faizel to the team and cannot wait to see how he uses his capabilities and experience to improve our business and the businesses of our customers. Data centre solutions are changing on a daily basis and I look forward to seeing him use his expertise to package solutions that are not only perfect for our customers, but innovative and transformative,” says Louise Taute, Comstor director at WestconGroup Southern Africa.