Customer Innovation Center

Test drive your next solution in our secure, world-class data center.

Innovation Center

Try before you buy! The SHI Customer Innovation Center is an 8,000 square-foot secure data center that lets your team evaluate and compare how hardware, software and cloud technologies from various OEMs and providers will perform in your environment.

Compare state-of-the-art equipment from SHI’s partners – or ship us your own – to design architecture and test proof-of-concepts while collaborating with your own staff or IT industry experts.

Our customizable solutions include:

Hyper-Converged and Converged Infrastructure
Hyper-Converged
and Converged Infrastructure
Software-Defined Infrastructure
Software-Defined Infrastructure
Hybrid Cloud and Private Cloud
Hybrid Cloud and
Private Cloud
Big Data
Big Data
Security
Security
mobility
Mobility

The Best of the Best

The Customer Innovation Center features technology from industry-leading manufacturers, including but not limited to:

Apple
Cisco
Dell EMC
HP
HPE
Intel
Lenovo
Microsoft
NetApp
Nimble
Pure Storage
Solar Winds
Trinti
VMware

Workshops & Training

Our workshops and training sessions will provide you with the business and technical information you need to make informed decisions and set strategies.  We offer half-day, full day, and multi-day options where you’ll gain insights on the latest IT trends, participate in whiteboard sessions, obtain hands-on access to some of the most innovative technologies, and much more.  They are conducted by our own team of certified IT professionals, and can be delivered inside of our Executive Briefing Center (EBC), remotely, or at your location. 

Showcase Lab

Partner-Certified Live Demos

Located within the Customer Innovation Center, the Showcase Lab features a team of solution experts who demonstrate how to leverage industry-leading technology in the following areas:

  • Server
  • Storage
  • Network
  • Virtualization
  • OS & Operations
  • Lifecycle

Show and Tell

The Showcase Lab features wall-to-wall digital signage complete with the latest technology and a fully certified staff to guide you from one solution to the next. Whether you’re on-site or remote, our engineers will walk you through the solutions in a stress-free, agnostic environment.

Customize Your Experience

Expand your testing capabilities: We have the latest products from our top partners, set up and ready to go.

Validate your design – before implementation: We will set up cross manufacture demos so you can see how different technologies interact.

Get a demo or training of the product interface: When looking at new gear, why should you have to learn it first? We will assist you in your evaluation, explaining all features and functionality.

Want to do a Proof of Concept without the hassle and security risk of connecting it to your infrastructure? Our engineers will do a technical deep dive, helping you prove out product features and functionalities in a simulated environment.

Need more space to do testing? Our facility features open rack space with VPN access so that you can ship us your gear and leverage our space to test your tech.

End-User Lab

From Data Center to Device

Seeing is believing! Our End-User Lab environment allows you to see what your devices will look like in a variety of real world use cases. See an application supported from the data center, driven down to the device, and all the security in between.

Available devices can be paired with any of the technology in the Showcase Lab, and include:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • 2-in-1 Devices
  • Desktops
  • Thin/Zero Clients
  • And much more!

Ready to explore? Contact us today to schedule a tour or test your solutions!