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Harbour IT launches cloud service using FlexPod

Harbour IT launches cloud service using FlexPod

The company invested close to $1.7 million into its cloud offering

IT services provider, Harbour IT, has launched its cloud computing service into the market based on FlexPod infrastructure.

The company invested close to $1.7 million into its cloud offering, Harbour IT national cloud services manager, Adam Simpson, said.

It has become the first services provider to implement FlexPod, which is an infrastructure stack based on NetApp, Cisco and VMware technologies.

Harbour IT teamed up with datacentre services provider, Equinix, to help satisfy the customer demand for its cloud offering.

“We looked at the current state of the datacentre market and selected Equinix, mainly because it’s all they do. We really wanted to partner with someone that knew what they were doing,” Simpson said.

Some of the key factors that contributed towards building its cloud offering included security, availability, interoperability, scalability and reduce total cost of ownership for users, Simpson said.

Customers already on-board the Harbour IT cloud service include Plenary Group and the Coffee Club.

Simpson said the Coffee Club approached them 12 months ago and prior to migrating to the cloud, it was faced with aging hardware, limited scalability, and slow and fragile network.

“We put a number of options on the table… and we’re finishing their migration now,” he said.

Harbour IT NSW general manager, Michael Giusti, said about two years ago customers had already began asking about cloud services.

“We’ve always been keen to be early adopters and started building our cloud about 18 months ago, and migrating customers along to the point where we’re now running 300 virtual servers,” Giusti said. “We then realised we needed a system that was reliable, and we could scale without an outage and downtime.”

Giusti indicated the infrastructure it has built could potentially run up to 10,000 virtual servers.

"Some organisations will put all their infrastructure into the cloud and some will put part of their system into the cloud," he said.


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