Kloud to ride Microsoft Azure to head of Australian pack

Kloud to ride Microsoft Azure to head of Australian pack

"Cloud is just kicking off and we're in a prime position to lead," Kloud CEO, Nicki Bowers

Kloud chief executive, Nicki Bowers.

Kloud chief executive, Nicki Bowers.

Kloud is aiming to become the number one Australian Cloud service provider on the back of Microsoft's new local Azure Geo.

Kloud provides secure physical and digital storage services to customers from the finance, insurance, banking and government sectors.

Kloud chief executive, Nicki Bowers, said the company was obsessed with enhancing the customer experience and measure succes by customer loyalty.

“We have an ambitious target of becoming Australia’s top Cloud services provider, and while we’re making great strides in realising this we’ve still got a way to go.”

Over the last four years, Kloud has grown quickly and recently added an office in Manila, the Philippines, to its premises in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

“We would like to double in size every 18 months,” Bowers said.

“In three years’ time I’d be happy if we were 300 to 500 people to help our customers move to the cloud.”

Kloud took part in the private preview program for Microsoft Azure’s datacentres in Australia.

Bowers said this been a real driver for the company to start thinking about how the local data centre can drive new opportunities for our customers.

The launch of the Australian datacentres also prompted Kloud to scale up its skills, with about one new team member coming on board each week and existing employees being trained in different aspects of Azure.

This included ensuring the business had the skills to manage Azure ExpressRoute, which enables companies to create private connections between the Microsoft Azure cloud and on-premises or co-located infrastructure.

Bowers said the three top conversations she had with customers revolved around how to securely develop Cloud-ready and Cloud-aware applications, how to integrate applications in Azure with on-premise applications and how to provide a consistent identity for users on-premises and in the cloud.

"The Cloud is just kicking off and we’re in a prime position to lead the curve for our customers.” she said.

For new Azure customers, Kloud offers a migration quick-start that enables organisations to assess their candidate workloads and perform migrations of them to Azure Australia data centres.

For existing Azure customers, who are already running workloads in overseas Azure datacentres, Kloud can also help them with migrating these existing workloads to the on-shore datacentres.

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