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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:40

NBN has ‘slowed network investment’


The National Broadband Network has slowed investment by telcos in new backbone infrastructure, says an Australian cloud vendor.

The NBN has so far been “damaging” to Australia’s corporate connectivity plans, says Bennet Oprysa, CEO of Australian cloud services company BitCloud. “When the NBN was announced, carriers stopped rolling out their own network infrastructure.

“If there had been no NBN, there would have been more investment. As it is they are waiting to use the NBN, or to be bought out by it. That has not helped users. Telstra and Optus are too expensive for many people, and they are looking for alternatives.”

Oprysa said BitCloud provides such an alternative. “Because we are an ISP as well as a cloud provider, we can match connectivity to the cloud and provide the necessary communications infrastructure.

“We have a public cloud, but we use it as infrastructure. We are not like Ninefold, we are more like Macquarie Telecom,” said Oprysa, referring to two other Australian cloud providers. “We are a managed services provider that delivers over the cloud.

”The Amazon public cloud approach is not for everyone. We are not selling processing capacity or disk space, we are managing the cloud infrastructure for our clients.

Parramatta based BitCloud provides cloud based services including hosting, storage, business continuity and disaster recovery. BitCloud says it is already one of the largest public clouds in the country.

BitCloud was formed in 2009, and in 2010 acquired Sydney based cloud and VPS provider Virtual Blades. It has 50 staff. It is part of Australian web business Bucan Holdings, which also owns hosting provider Host1 and domain name registration company Webcity. A large part of its business is providing hosted Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint servers for medium sized businesses, taking advantage of flexible supplier licencing.

“Our platform is based on multiple clusters of enterprise grade blade servers and deployed through VMware vSphere,” said Oprysa. “Our storage utilises multiple SAN farms with automatic replication for data security. We provide multiple Gigabit connections through four separate service providers, providing extremely reliable and dynamic connectivity.

“We offer local technology where possible, and we keep all our data in Australia.”

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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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