6YS uses Brocade to address Cloud evolution

6YS uses Brocade to address Cloud evolution

Infrastructure overhaul to address changing demands, and boost growth through partner network

Australian hosted application and Cloud computing services provider, 6YS, has replaced its Gigabit Ethernet and fiber channel infrastructure with Brocade’s VDX 6720 datacentre switches to serve as a foundation for its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, Ironpoint.

The deployment comes as 6YS is looking to address issues of growth and scalability, as well as maintain pace with evolving Cloud demands, according to CTO, Martin von Stein.

“What’s happening is that we’re seeing the market maturing a lot more as customers are realising what they want,” von Stein, said. “Cloud is no longer this fuzzy thing that no-one understands, and strategically, there are a lot of people looking for solution that meet their business needs – they are no longer looking to alter their business as was the case a few years ago.”

The overhaul follows a slower 2011 for 6YS as a result of a delayed impact of the GFC. Although it maintained just under 100 per cent year-over-year growth, von Stein labelled it as the company’s slowest year to date.

“There was a long-term fall out as a lot of our customer did not renew and there was a lot of downsizing,” he said. “It was a delayed effect of the GFC for us.”

6YS is in the process of expanding its partner network to boost growth for 2012. It is currently looking for value-added channel partners that can leverage its platform to the best result, particularly in Adelaide and Perth where it has less penetration.

“We are partnering with anything from smaller IT firms who target a particular vertical, to large integrators who just need to have a Cloud play,” von Stein said.

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