‘Solutions are key’ as we present our new employees in the Networking and Storage team

Following on from the appointment earlier this year of (Frederick) Gideon Coetzee as our new business unit head in the Networking and Storage Division, Networks Unlimited is proud to note that we have strengthened this division further with two additional new hires in our F5 and Hitachi Vantara areas.

As the unit’s General Manager, Gideon Coetzee, as he is known to all, explains: “Networks Unlimited has had a valued working relationship with F5 for over seven years now, while we began our official working relationship with Hitachi Vantara more recently, in 2019.

“F5 is a US-based multi-cloud application security and delivery company, which will be looked after by our new F5 Product Manager, Ruan du Preez. Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management and analytics, and digital solutions subsidiary of Japanese multinational Hitachi Ltd, allows Networks Unlimited to offer large, solution-based offerings in a data centre ecosystem. Katinka van Reenen is now the Product Manager for Hitachi Vantara.”

Gideon: serious about the business of IT

Gideon himself began working at Networks Unlimited in May this year, and his appointment brings some solid IT and entrepreneurial experience into this area of the company. Gideon has around 20 years’ professional experience in developing and implementing business and sales strategies, building high performance teams for solution selling at chief experience officer levels, and driving synergies that will achieve business efficiencies and so maximise revenues and profitability.

Having begun his IT career in distribution around component sales, Gideon moved quickly into selling vendor solutions, before getting into the business side of distribution working with large corporates and banks. Thereafter, he became involved in the business of networking and data centres, dealing with servers, storage and network solutions. His experience also includes significant time in central and east Africa, including Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia.

He explains, “I am adaptable for both networking and storage as well as cybersecurity, which has been a focus during the past eight years of my career. I have a keen interest and expertise in best practices in business and management and technology, and specifically in how to use technology to improve best practices in business and management.

Ruan: endorsing F5’s security expertise

Ruan du Preez has worked for some 20 years in the IT arena, across distribution, vendor and channel-focused areas. He says: “I am a firm believer that strong partnerships are key to the success for the vendors, distributors and value-added resellers alike, in order to drive solutions at end-customer level and for solving business challenges in an ever-changing landscape.

“As ransomware, data leaks, DDoS, and other attacks on businesses of all sizes have continued gaining momentum, companies such as F5 have persistently reinvented themselves.  F5’s recent acquisitions, namely NGINX and SHAPE, have strengthened its leadership within this space even further.

“I am very pleased to join Network Unlimited because the inspirational values that the company has developed over the years, including integrity, empowerment, accountability, vision and community, align perfectly with my personal values,” says Ruan.

Katinka: an existing wealth of Hitachi Vantara experience

Says Katinka van Reenen: “My IT career started at IBM in 2004, and since then I have been a project and programme manager working for various companies in the IT industry, from data centre infrastructure to networking and web acceleration. Having worked for Hitachi Vantara for 12 years, in capacities including engagement manager, I know that I can bring a substantial amount of knowledge to my new role.

“During this time, I established a professional services sales team, based in Poland, to assist with all professional services scoping for the EMEA region. This allowed me broad exposure both to the Hitachi Vantara professional service offerings, as well as customer engagements across Europe.”

Final words

“I am looking forward to moving the Networking and Storage division on to new heights with the assistance of my two new product managers for F5 and Hitachi Vantara,” says Gideon. “The solutions offered by Networks Unlimited are always particularly chosen to add value, and / or sort out or solve a problem.

“As a business technology consultant, we need to be trusted partners with the C-suite executives and help them to validate their IT decisions. Networks Unlimited’s experience and presence across sub-Saharan Africa allows us to provide strategic insights to assist our clients and help them make innovative yet fact-based decisions on their technology purchases and strategies by providing our global and regional expertise on technology opportunities and trends. In this way, we provide strategic insights and solutions to help clients achieve their key business objectives,” he concludes.

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