VMware invests in NZ market with office in Wellington

VMware's investment into the New Zealand market shows how much confidence the company has in the Australian region and in the country, newly appointed NZ manager Tim Dacombe-Bird says.New Zealand is one of the most virtualised countries in the world and VMware wants to make local clouds more accessible to businesses here, Mr Dacombe-Bird said.For the first time ever, a New Zealand regional manager has been appointed. Before the position was shared with Australia meaning the local face of the company was based across the ditch.

VMware’s investment into the New Zealand market shows how much confidence the company has in the Australian region and in the country, newly appointed NZ manager Tim Dacombe-Bird says.

New Zealand is one of the most virtualised countries in the world and VMware wants to make local clouds more accessible to businesses here, Mr Dacombe-Bird said.

For the first time ever, a New Zealand regional manager has been appointed. Before the position was shared with Australia meaning the local face of the company was based across the ditch.

Mr Dacombe-Bird said despite the economic slump, customers were still investing in virtualisation software and his position as regional manager was not delayed because of the worldwide recession.

He said his team would be focusing on centralising data centres, virtual desktops and expanding the percentage of virtualisation to around 80%.

“Regional management is really important. (Because of it) there will be better access [for customers] to international visitors. It’s important for New Zealand to be recoginsed as its own region, is important for it to operate as a separate country.”

The fact VMware is investing in New Zealand shows its growth performance and potential within the Asia Pacific region. Mr Dacombe-Bird said the financial goals for the New Zealand office had not yet been decided or published yet.

There are still several positions that need to be filled for the office based in Wellington, but the team started work yesterday. Mr Dacombe-Bird said there were real, tangible benefits for New Zealand businesses that used virtualisation software.