Stratus strengthens reach in five African countries by signing reseller agreement with TPS (Transaction Payment Solutions)

Thu, 2010/05/13

Stratus Technologies has announced the signing of a new reseller partnership with Transaction Payment Solutions International, which will see the companies collaborating to bring Stratus’ leading breed of continuous availability solutions to a host of new customers across the African continent over the coming months.


“This partnership has been on the cards for some time now,” says Dick Sharod, regional director for Africa and Middle East at Stratus Technologies. He noted that TPS has been a strong advocate, providing Stratus ftServer solutions to its customers via partnerships with existing geographic resellers of Stratus for some years now.”


With Stratus looking at additional measures to strengthen its reach into Africa and TPS looking to build a stronger value proposition around continuous availability, when an opportunity to formalise a partnership presented itself a couple of months ago, both parties jumped at the opportunity.


Sharod says that Stratus’ new partnership with TPS allows it to continue driving its expansion into the African market and to do so with a focused partner that has an integrated approach to the financial services market.


“TPS’ core-business is focused on providing payment solutions to large companies in the banking POS and ATM arena, and with offices in Mauritius, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe the company has already established a healthy trade history in the market segment we understand well.” Sharod says.


“Add to this the fact that official partner status gives TPS a direct conduit to Stratus’ technical teams, sales support, training and the accreditation required to render services around the Stratus brand and it is clear that both parties are benefiting heavily from this new arrangement,” he says.


Ophias Sherewa, managing director of TPS says, his company is delighted with its new partnership and has full faith that it will assist Stratus in building greater awareness and traction to their brand in the African market.


“Since the bulk of our customer base is in the financial services market, there is little tolerance for downtime and instability,” Sherewa says.


“We’re passionate about the Stratus infrastructure because it builds a solid, failsafe platform on which we can deliver our software and services portfolio – and most importantly focus on delivering what our customers need in terms of functionality and performance and guaranteeing the level of uptime we’re required to provide.


“Stratus Technologies is a respected name in the business and that’s the reason we believe this new partnership will grow from strength to strength over the coming months,” he concludes.