Partnership between Sizwe Africa IT Group, Boston IT Solutions brings HPC to SA
Centurion, South Africa, 12 Apr 2022
It is for this reason that Sizwe has formed a partnership with Boston IT Solutions SA, one of the key HPC players in the country. “We have a number of clients who operate in sectors that can derive enormous benefit from access to HPC, so our partnership aims to grow and develop the use of this technology in the country.”
According to Chris Coetzee, Business Director at Boston IT Solutions SA, HPC is still in its infancy in South Africa, so the organisation has made a commitment to the South African government to work on enabling and developing the HPC channel.
“Having Sizwe as a partner in this is the perfect fit, as they have a number of customers in the education and public sector arenas, which are both prime users of HPC. More crucially, alongside these long-standing relationships, they have the requisite skills in-house, so it is a natural fit,” he says.
“Having a skilled partner sitting next to us when scoping projects, and which can not only identify issues that need to be tackled, but also help with developing a relevant solution in conjunction with us, will be vital in opening HPC up to the broader market.”
Mochocho adds that from a Sizwe perspective, it is very important for the organisation to have a partnership of such relevance with one of the leaders in the HPC space. What Boston has to offer, he notes, will be of enormous value to many of the company’s clients.
“For example, the universities that are customers of ours usually have large research projects under way, and most of the students undertaking serious research require computers that are able to do high-speed calculations. Thus, having access to an HPC cluster will be of enormous value to them.
By Itumeleng Mochocho, Executive, Technology Partnerships, Sizwe Africa IT Group.
“Sizwe is certainly happy to be partnering with a world leader in the HPC space. Boston has a global reach and extensive experience in this space. To add to this, Sizwe has both local reach and local understanding of the market, coupled with the necessary technical skills and a significant and relevant customer base,” he state
Finally, says Coetzee, it is worth noting that Boston also has a lab where customers can come to conduct tests on any type of hardware, adding that both Sizwe and its end-customers have full access to this. In other words, he points out, if a client wants to test a new processor, for example, they can work with Sizwe and have full access to this lab to undertake benchmarking and testing.
“Access to these state-of-the-art Boston Labs facilities will be granted remotely to businesses in South Africa wanting to test the latest technologies, solutions and services. Boston IT is excited for a future in which HPC can assist South African businesses to use speed, accuracy and processing power to solve increasingly complex challenges,” he concludes.