Thursday, 23 March 2017 06:01

Virtustream now available within Australia

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Dell Technologies' cloud subsidiary Virtustream is now operating from data centres in Sydney and Canberra.

Virtustream's patented software allows it to provide an environment where traditional three-tier, I/O intensive, database-oriented (Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, HANA, and so on) applications can be run in the cloud and scaled up or down as required. This works, even though the applications were not designed for a cloud environment.

Databases were normally "highly tethered" to their infrastructure, explained Virtustream chief operating officer Simon Walsh, and there was an expectation that the infrastructure was appropriately sized. But Virtustream was able to reallocate resources on demand.

This happened automatically, and clients were charged according to the resources they actually used. This resulted in "material cost savings" compared with most public cloud services, Walsh said, which charged according to the selected instance size rather than what was required. And if it was necessary to move from a smaller to a larger instance, the client paid for both during the transition and had to remember to deactivate the one no longer required. "That doesn't sound very cloud-like to me," he observed.

In contrast, Virtustream did not charge for inactive systems, and it provided SLAs for performance and availability.

The automation was a key part of the way the company can reduce costs. Speaking of the IT sector generally, Walsh said, "we have way too many people doing manual tasks to keep the lights on," noting that labour was the biggest component of running costs.

Local interest in Virtustream was coming largely from the government sector and big brands in manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical and banking, he told iTWire.

Virtustream encrypts data at rest and in transit, and provides disaster recovery within the same jurisdiction (hence the data centres in Sydney and Canberra). "We recognise the criticality and sensitivity of the data," he said.

Virtustream's managed service is based on tier-one infrastructure. The company selected Macquarie Cloud Services' data centres after evaluating the service levels at various potential locations. "I'm confident (they) will be suitable to meet our service delivery obligations," he said.

The company recently started offering services in Japan, and was exploring at least two further locations within the Asia Pacific region, Walsh told iTWire.

"Virtustream and Dell EMC's cloud solution will create new ways for organisations to approach enterprise cloud in ANZ. The platform offers the cost benefits of consumption billing, as well as increased security, compliance, application performance and disaster recovery," said Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand enterprise vice-president Mark Fioretto.

"The business of migrating mission-critical systems of record to the cloud is complex and requires specific expertise. Our customers require a multi-cloud strategy to truly transform their environments. Between Virtustream and our service provider ecosystem, Dell EMC is ideally positioned to provide enterprise and public sector customers with the choice they need to digitally transform their organisations."

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