Symantec has signed a three year deal to co-locate servers in Fujitsu’s Sydney data centre, in the process effectively doubling the capacity of its Australian Symantec.cloud service.
Fujitsu was selected by Symantec following a competitive tender in mid-2011 for additional capacity in a move that was designed meet growing demand for small business and enterprise Cloud services.
According to Symantec.cloud Asia-Pacific and Japan VP, Brenton Smith, there was no single reason why Symantec saw the need to double its Symante.cloud services in Australia except “forward capacity planning.”
“We have a fairly sizable customer base in Australia and New Zealand, so you see that growing significantly in the next year or so,” he said.
“You need to get the hardware and data centre done right up front, and there’s a growing profile within out customers for bigger deals, so in anticipation for another good year coming up, we’re getting ready for it.”
In addition to Fujitsu’s “strict security accreditation,” the location of the data centre in Sydney was one of the two factors that played a key role in Symantec’s decision to choose the provider.
“The other one we have with Equinix is in Sydney as well, though in a different location, so it was a logical place for us to put a failover type data centre also in Sydney,” Smith said. “Our major staff are in Sydney, so most of our people in Australia are based there including operations people.”
Smith expects that web service users and those that use Symantec’s web scanning service on Symantec.cloud will predominantly make use of the Fujitsu data centre.
“Doing it locally helps with the latency when you’re running your pages through our scanning services,” he said.
While the ink on the Fujitsu deal is still drying, Smith is not ruling out further co-location of servers in Australia.
“There’s a couple of bids for government-type work that may be coming up, and that will require more local data centre capacity,” he said. "At the moment, these deals are going through the “evaluation and costing phases.”
“Like any SaaS or Cloud type business like ours, it’s really about the infrastructure that goes behind it to give it the reliability and the reliability that customers need,” Smith said.