Managed Cloud company, Rackspace, has launched the first of its disaster recovery datacentres in Sydney. The company said, in a statement, that the offering will deliver an onshore back-up option and reduced latency for A/NZ based customers requiring dual availability with a physical presence in Australia.
Based at a separate Sydney co-location facility, the new environment also allows customers to set their own recovery point objective, which aims to deliver flexibility around when back-up occurs – either immediately or on a specified frequency.
Rackspace A/NZ general manager and director, Angus Dorney, mentioned the facility hosts a suite of Rackspace Private Cloud offerings, including those based on VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack technologies.
“Our new datacentre is designed to give local customers optimal performance for their hosted data backup and failover requirements. The onshore premises will also help Rackspace increase the depth of our local market offering and improve performance levels,” he said.
Peer-to-peer lending fin-tech business, SocietyOne, will be one of the first Rackspace customers to get on the new datacentre through its Cloud platform, ClearMatch.
“It is critical for our business to have a serious Cloud hosting partner that will support us through our next phase of growth. For our customers, that include major banks and financial institutions, Rackspace’s datacentre supports our disaster recovery planning and provides geo-redundancy,” SocietyOne co-founder, Greg Symons, mentioned.
The company has also announced the development of a new datacentre and existing data hall expansion to serve growing demand from customers in the A/NZ region. The new datacentre site will open in Sydney this May, while Rackspace will secure a further data hall in their Sydney datacentre, expected to open in late September.
Dorney added continued growth in the market has triggered an expansion in the current capacity and scope of services offered by its existing datacentre investment. As such, he claimed this expansion allows Rackspace to provide additional capacity for customers to meet their growing demands for managed Cloud services.
“Rackspace opened its Sydney datacentre in 2013 and since then, we have grown the size of the Australia office and increased our customer count in the region. The increase in capacity for our flagship Australian datacentre and the opening of our new facility supports our desire to continue to expand in this region,” he said.
Dorney also said the new and expanded datacentres will present opportunities for the reseller and MSP channel.
"In the same way that our second Australian datacentre enables Rackspace to more fully address the requirements of enterprise customers, it also affords our channel and reseller network the same opportunity.
"For example, many of our channel partners are looking to grow their business in the financial services and government space, in which the requirement of geo-redundant datacentres within Australia is often mandatory. Additionally, it opens up new opportunities for our channel partners who design, deploy and manage disaster recovery and business continuity solutions for their customers."