Welcome to DS – engage with experienced Datasmiths
Welcome to DS – engage with experienced Datasmiths
Our vision is to strive to be your trusted advisor and execution partner of choice.
Our Mission
Our Mission
Through our extensive, selected partner network, we are able to advise and deliver on your requirements by bringing together the most relevant industry of specialized skills & experience required to deliver your needs. We have the people, methodologies and experience to deliver. We have a proven track record to back us up, we are about excellence, we are about teams, we are about partnering. Our customers define us!

Our Values
Our Values
We believe in meritocracy and that people are unique, so we put together specialists to ensure we achieve excellence in everything we do. We learn, we educate, we speak up, we grow our people, your organization and industry.

Company Overview

DS is a South African company founded in 2010. We provide I.T. consulting, training and service aggregation. We strive to be the trusted information technology partner of choice.

The majority of our team each have more than 20 years’ experience in multiple I.T. disciplines supported by a proven track record of successful delivery. Coupled with an extensive network of partners established across industries over many years, we are well positioned to deliver on our promises.

Our organisation currently operates across Africa and in multiple industries such as property, telecommunications, financial services and public sector.

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Our Services

Data Centre Services Overview

DS People Overview

Security Overview

Training Courses – All Courses

Why Choose DS?

Service Aggregation
We have managed and audited in excess of 60 outsource contracts on behalf of our clients...
Project and Program Execution
Through our partnership approach we have a number of strategic alliances within the technology...
Data Centre Design, Consulting and Assessments
Whether it’s small in size or large, data centre design and operation today has become a science...
Internationally accredited and recognised training
Everyday Problem Analysis and Data centre design and operations management training...
Network Solutions Architecture and Optimisation
We have extensive experience and expertise in architecting and designing communications networks for...
I.T. Service Management
Our team have all managed I.T. operations on a national and global scale...

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Testimonials

CDFOM – Anonymous #2

CDFOM "The course covered all expectations. The facilitator is extremely knowledgeable and professional." ~ Anonymous

CDCP – Solutions Architect (Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure)

CDCP "The course is well presented and very informative. It addresses all the topics adequately." ~ Nigel Voegt ~ Solutions Architect (Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure)

Certified Data Centre Professional – Dimension Data

“The course was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Lee Smith is extremely knowledgeable which is a huge asset in our industry. Looking forward to further courses.“ Nasheer Maharaj – Dimesion Data

Certified Data Centre Specialist – SITA WC

"It has been more than a pleasure and an enormous learning curve for me, attending the courses with DS. I have recently done my 3rd course with them, and will definitely by go back for more. You get to meet many different people from the industry and I got to share my experiences and have learnt a lot from theirs, "the real work environment, the real issues one encounters. I am honored to have done my courses through DS and the weight that name carries in the industry. The courses are excellent and the vast experience that Lee brings to the course makes it invaluable. The way the courses are structured and the interaction during the course just adds that extra edge to it, it’s not only the theory that helps you in the work environment but the knowledge and the experience that you gain from the Lee and the other candidates. I would without a doubt recommend DS courses and rate them number 1 with regards to any Data Centre Training." ~ Suleiman Croeser ~ Senior Facilities Infrastructure Manager

Certified Data Centre Professional – Storetech

“This is my second course I have taken with Lee, I have to say that some courses I have attended haven`t kept me interested, however both times with Lee where extremely interesting, focusing on what I do, and he knows his stuff, every question asked to him was answered in detail, and with him having experience in the field it really helped. I have no complaints and I`m looking forward to my next course in the near future, it is definitely benefitting me in my roll with Stortech and Vodacom” ~ Peter Hudson ~ Data Centre Co-ordinator

Certified Data Centre Professional – The Foschini Retail Group

“CDCP gave me a great overview and insight to the Data Centre (even though I’ve been working with Data Centres for many years). The course will assist me to improve our current data centre standards with best practices. There is a big focus on the power components of the data centre (it did feel like an electrical course at one stage), but when I looked back at the end, very relative and key to the operations of the data centre. Lee is a great presenter and I found a lot of value from not only the way he presents the course, but also with his extensive data centre experience.” ~ Conrad Roos ~ Storage Manager

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