Online payment vendor, Moneydirect, has become NEC Australia’s first hosted managed services customer at the Polaris Data Centre.
NEC’s service offering, which was launched in July, is designed for smaller organisations and aims to provide the scalability of a hosted service with the security of a Tier 3 datacentre.
Product manager, Loren Wiener, said Moneydirect approached his company in May and was initially taking on two server racks from the total of 300 available.
“An overall rack opportunity tends to run around $18,000 – 20,000 per year. [Moneydirect] is growing and it’s in a ramp-up phase, so it’s difficult to gauge what they’ll use by the end of the year,” Wiener said.
“This is a co-location rather than a managed services solution, so the customer will normally just come in and say ‘I want some space’ and whatever they put in that space is normally theirs.”
Although he admitted the global financial crisis had curtailed the number of customers taking on the NEC solution, Wiener said the sign-up rate was within expectations.
“Despite the economic times we’re in and all the rest of what the market has faced, it’s a unique offering we’ve got here. It could always be more,” he said. “There are some things coming out over the next few weeks. NEC is in an interesting place because we’ve gone from offering managed services elsewhere to offering co-location at Polaris and we’re rolling out our next level of managed services.”