Cloud service provider, Cloud Central has set up shop in Canberra.
The company was founded by Kristoffer Sheather, who has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He was previously the director of Dotnet Consulting and has held a number of roles within organisations such as HP, Radiant Systems, Praxa, Melbourne City Council and the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (DEEEWR).
Cloud Central provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud products.
Sheather claims it is only one of three true IaaS providers in the Australian market.
“We have the leading service at this time based upon our user interface, pricing, service options, support and software options,” he told ARN.
The service, which has been in private beta mode since December, took the company more than 12 months to develop and Sheather claims it has been built to be a local equivalent of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
It had more than 150 beta testers on board for the platform and each were able to provide their own feedback on their experience. The service moved out of beta mode last month and is available to the public.
There are seven versions of the service available with prices for a cloud server starting from 3 cents an hour, which includes 16GB of storage. The highest package includes 1TB of storage at $1.92 per hour. There are also monthly and yearly prices.
“Customers can pay as they go and for what they use. If customers wish, they can re-size their cloud server at any time,” Sheather said. “We’ve pulled together a model that we’ve seen work in the US for Amazon and applied that here, using a lot of the same underlying technologies and concepts as to what they did.”
“We’re supporting open API standards for cloud infrastructure and open service.”
He said the company’s sweet spot was within the SME space up to 200 seats.
Customer’s data will reside in the TransAct datacentre in Canberra.
“All of our services and servers are located in Australia,” Sheather said. “None of the virtual data ever leaves the country.”
He plans to launch more services this year such an open cloud API, cloud storage product and enterprise services.
“We’re also planning on doing dedicated hosted private clouds for companies that require a substantial amount of resources,” Sheather said. “We’ll be adding more services to cater for enterprise customers, offering higher levels of availability, security, different payment options, higher level SLAs and 24-hour support.”