Cloud computing has taken another step forward with BizCloud, an on-premise private cloud that will be charged as a service.
Technology-enabled business solution provider, CSC, claims BizCloud combines the privacy, control and security of a private cloud with the convenience and commercial model of a public cloud.
CSC Australia chief technology and innovation officer, Bob Hayward, said, “Australian organisations have been uncertain about the move from traditional IT to the cloud. In an Australian first, customers can now take a safe first step to such a service.”
The VMware vCloud datacentre service features CloudCompute, CSC’s new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) architecture. It increases the adoption of a private cloud by government agencies and businesses by eradicating the need for lengthy implementations and the requirement of budgeting for capital investment.
It provides users with all the components necessary for a private cloud – preconfigured, integrated and tested within a businesses’ premises behind its firewall. The service will be ready for workloads within 10 weeks.
Other partners involved in the ecosystem are EMC, Cisco and the VCE Company.
According to CSC global vice-president of global cloud services and software, Siki Giunta, the service provides the centrepiece of the modern virtualised datacentre.
“Our strategy is the agility of the public cloud with the reliability of the enterprise. There is a model for every business – whether you want a self-managed or a managed service option, or you want provate, public or a hybrid cloud,” she saidd.
Giunta said the deployments will be made in three locations across Australia – Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, the latter being first city to experience BizCloud.
BizCloud is also now available in the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
CSC intends to expand the service throughout APAC upon completion of the deployment in Australia.
The service is offered as a tiered program – bronze, silver, gold and platinum and customers are required to subscribe to the service and pay only for what they use.
Workloads can be scaled up or down, depending on the demand. CloudCompute is available as a standard, enterprise and enterprise plus package and users can mix and match the tiers of service.
The price of the service ranges with the storage per gig price and virtual machine capacities.
The company also announced the appointment of Paul Gibbs as its general manager of cloud computing and services in Australia.
Gibbs will take responsibility of deploying CSC’s cloud computing strategy and company client footprint in the country.
He will report directly to Giunta and work closely with Hayward in advancing the company’s cloud services.