Wednesday, 20 November 2013 07:26

CloudCentral expands beyond Canberra

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Australian cloud supplier CloudCentral has made two major announcements around uts expansion beyond Canberra to become a national supplier.

CloudCentral will use pints of presence (PoPs) in NEXTDC’s data centres to expand its reach into each of Australia's major capital cities.

NEXTDC currently operates data centres in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, with Perth PoPs being rolled out in the next year. CloudCentral currently runs its infrastructure out of NEXTDC and TransACT data centres in Canberra, but the new the agreement will allow it to operate out of five major cities around Australia.

"The benefits of this agreement will be huge for our partners and their customers," said CloudCentral CEO Kris Sheather. "We will be able to offer them lower latency, as they can choose to access their data from the point of presence closest to their location.

“It will also be beneficial for large national companies who want staff working from multiple locations to have rapid access to all of their information. We are excited to further our relationship with NEXTDC. As an innovative, future-focused company NEXTDC is the right choice to enable us to expand our business and offer business critical-class services to our customers.”

CloudCentral also signed a new agreement with international data centre provider Equinix for a Sydney (PoP). Sheather said a third Sydney PoP site is key to the company's strategic rollout of Australian network locations, partnerships and vertical market reach. The additional capacity is expected to support the increasing trend for the delivery of fully secure and redundant, onshore cloud-based services to government and businesses.

Sheather said CloudCentral offers Australian-hosted cloud services tailored to software developers, service providers, government and enterprise partners. Its cloud infrastructure services are provided on-demand, with a pay-as-you-grow model with no upfront costs.

“We are an Australian-owned and located company, so we can give our partners and customers the confidence that their data stays in Australia.”

Sheather told iTWire that the expansion gives it an opportunity to increase its user base and to better serve it partners. Currently around 75% of CloudCentral’s business is through service providers, such as ISS (which provides services to NSW Health) and Intelligent Pathways (a major cloud provider to the Victorian Government). It also has an agreement with Infosys, which services Jetstar.

Sheather said the company's goal is for its partners to be able to access CloudCentral’s services on-demand and scale these services for optimum performance. “By extending our footprint around the country, it becomes just that little bit easier to access the CloudCentral CloudPlatform and benefit from the scalability and performance for cloud services offerings and projects.

“This lets our partners and customers focus on innovating and launching their own services to market in the most productive timeframe possible. This is a great way to provide access to a secure, redundant environment that meets business critical needs," he said.

The deployment with Equinix will enable an increased focus on the Australian Government. “With CloudCentral appointed to the Government’s data centre suppliers list in2012, and Equinix recently appointed to the data centre facilities panel, the new PoP enables CloudCentral to further support data centre services to all levels of Australian government.”

The deal with Equinix also gives us the ability to expand internationally,” said Sheather. “They have nearly a hundred data centres around the world.” CloudCentral uses networking infrastructure from AAPT and Megaport to service its clients.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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