Brennan IT has secured a hosted managed service deal with national furniture retailer, Super A-Mart.
The three-year contract, worth $3.6 million, will mean that Brennan IT will be responsible for servers, a fully managed print service, and a national private IP network that will link all 40 of Super A-Mart’s sites.
Super A-Mart chief information officer, Angela Ryan, said the genesis of the contract for hosted managed service can be traced to last year during the Queensland floods.
“We lost all of our datacentre, and in the midst of that crisis, we got everything up and running with equipment at the Brennan IT datacentre,” she said.
Super A-Mart operated in that manner for about eight months as the business recovered from the floods.
Due to the success of operating with an Infrastructure-as-a-Service model (IaaS), Super A-Mart decided to re-sign a three-year deal with Brennan IT to allow them to continue to host all of the retailer’s equipment in the Cloud.
“What initially started as something out of necessity and a disaster, has led to a really good ongoing solution for us,” Ryan said.
In re-signing for three years, Super A-Mart has also wrapped in the print services of all of its stores.
“The fact that we had a relationship that we trusted with Brennan IT, and the fact that they have such buying power in terms of print services, we could get some really good savings,” Ryan said.
“We now have all of our infrastructure off-site and hosted in the Cloud, which enables us then to just focus on our business.”
As Super A-Mart already had its Infrastructure-as-a-Service through Brennan IT, familiarity and pricing is what prompted the retailer to turn to Brennan IT for managed services and not anyone else.
“They were a known vendor to us and we knew what their service level is like,” Ryan said.
“We obviously looked at pricing, which was much better than going direct to vendors, to telcos or print companies.”
The timing of the leases on equipment also played a role in the decision to go with Brennan IT.
“All of our printers were up for end of life renewal,” Ryan said.
“The deal came together when we had leases coming up, so it was just a case of good timing.”