Obsidian Vendors


For more than 20 years, Dell has revolutionized the industry to make computing accessible to customers around the globe, including businesses, institutional organizations and individual consumers. Because of Dell's direct model, and the industry's response to it, information technology is more powerful, easier to use and more affordable, giving customers the opportunity to take advantage of powerful new tools to improve their businesses and personal lives.

Dell has demonstrated this effect time and again as it enters new, standardized product categories, such as network servers, workstations, mobility products, printers and other electronic accessories. Nearly one out of every five standards-based computer system sold in the world today is a Dell.

This global reach indicates our direct approach is relevant across product lines, regions and customer segments.

Obsidian Systems is a Dell Professional Services Partner.



EnterpriseDB is the world's leading provider of enterprise-class products and services based on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. The company's Postgres Plus products are lightning-fast, massively scalable, and extremely reliable, making them ideal for high-volume, mission-critical applications. EnterpriseDB has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in March 2004 and is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey.


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IBM strives to lead in the invention, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems and microelectronics.

They translate these advanced technologies into value for their customers through professional solutions, services and consulting businesses worldwide.

Obsidian Systems is an alliance partner, specifically around the IBM
Linux Competency Centre.


JBoss, a division of Red Hat, is the leader in enterprise class, open source middleware. JBoss Enterprise Middleware is comprised of certified, supported platform and framework distributions that are based on jboss.org projects.

A true alternative to pricey, monolithic proprietary software stacks, JBoss Enterprise Middleware is a comprehensive open source software infrastructure portfolio that includes both integrated platforms and plug-and-play frameworks that give users more flexibility and technology choice. Enterprises can deploy any JBoss product today and add to their IT infrastructure as needed in future. JBoss includes market-leading open source technologies such as Application Platform, Portal Platform, Hibernate Framework, jBPM Framework, Rules Framework and Seam Framework.


What began as a better way to build software--openness, transparency, collaboration--soon shifted the balance of power in an entire industry. The revolution of choice continues. Today Red Hat is the world's most trusted provider of Linux and open source technology.


Stratus delivers continuously available products, services, and solutions with unmatched operational simplicity providing a compelling financial advantage to our customers


Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community and we invite you to participate too!

The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

These freedoms make Ubuntu fundamentally different from traditional proprietary software: not only are the tools you need available free of charge, you have the right to modify your software until it works the way you want it to.

Obsidian is the Ubuntu support partner for South Africa.


Untangle was founded with the vision of untangling the complexities of technology, initially targeting network security and control for SMBs. The company follows Open Source development practices to create better code and make it widely available.

The Untangle Gateway Platform, the world’s first commercial-grade open source solution for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content on the network, provides a free and better alternative to costly, inflexible proprietary appliances. Untangle’s applications are currently being used in hundreds of businesses in a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, education, bio-science, and professional services.

Untangle is based in San Mateo, California, and are backed by venture capital firms CMEA Ventures and Rustic Canyon Partners



iFAX Solutions is a worldwide leader in providing enterprise fax solutions. As faxing has evolved, from individual fax machines in small offices to large corporate installations sending thousands of faxes an hour, fax software has evolved with it. iFAX Solutions looks to take this evolution to the next level -- by combining the revolutionary Open Source fax software HylaFAX with industry-leading hardware, service and support.


Since its inception in 1999, Attix5 has grown from strength to strength. At our core is a passion for developing world-class data protection software that provides absolute peace of mind to listed Enterprises and SMEs all over the world.

The release of our latest offering, Attix5 Pro V6, has firmly placed Attix5 amongst the leaders in the field of Cloud solutions. The irony of the hype surrounding the Cloud is not lost on Attix5 as the product that we started development on in 1999 has always been Cloud-enabled.

Our focus will remain on Security, Virtualization and the Cloud. Our newly announced relationship with VMware as an Elite partner bears testimony to the fact that we understand virtualization and its impact on our clients. This, combined with our de-duplication technology, and the fact that we use FIPS-compliant Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption for security, ensures that Attix5 can be trusted to provide world-class solutions to our clients.


Vyatta is bringing innovation and affordability to the networking industry by delivering advanced routing and security in a software-based network OS that scales from the branch office to the service provider edge. Vyatta has decoupled networking software from proprietary hardware allowing users to leverage the price and performance advantages of standard x86-based hardware and components as well as virtual or cloud environments.

Vyatta Corporate Overview

The Vyatta Name

The word "Vyatta" (pronounced vee-AH-tah) is ancient Sanskrit and means "open." We thought this name was particularly fitting since Vyatta is a new company with ancient, back-to-basics values, focused on bringing open networking products to market.


New Challenges

Today's IT environment has created new demands on IT operations. While many of the latest developments - such as virtualization and cloud - create new opportunities, they also make it even more difficult to deliver and assure consistent service levels to end users. New challenges include:

  • Dynamic Infrastructure – real-time understanding of shared, mobile infrastructure

  • Hybrid Delivery – managing seamlessly across physical, virtual, and cloud

  • Cost Pressure – streamlining operations and maintaining a competitive cost structure


Cloudera Enterprise is a subscription offering which enables data-driven enterprises to run Apache Hadoop environments in production cost effectively with repeatable success. Comprised of Cloudera Support and Cloudera Manager, a software layer that delivers deep visibility into and across Hadoop clusters, Cloudera Enterprise gives Hadoop operators an efficient way to precisely provision and manage cluster resources. It also allows IT shops to apply familiar business metrics – such as measurable SLAs and chargebacks – to Hadoop environments so they can run at optimal utilization. Built-in predictive capabilities anticipate shifts in the Hadoop infrastructure, ensuring reliable operation.

MySQL personal certifications empowers employers, managers, developers and DBAs with

  • Verifiable skills and knowledge
  • Lowered risks
  • Higher service levels
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Improved productivity
  • Elimination of costly mistakes
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Increased revenues