Datacentre provider, NEXTDC (ASX:NXT), has launched its new virtual exchange business subsidiary, Axon Systems.
Axon Systems delivers NEXTDC's advanced switching platform, AXONVX (Virtual Exchange), that it will provide 'connectivity-as-a-service' to Australian businesses. As it is a vendor and carrier-neutral service, AXONVX will aim to provide enterprise and government impartial and diversified access to participating carriers and Cloud providers.
NEXTDC describes connectivity-as-a-service as providing connectivity on demand.
It claimed that through the AXONVX elastic fabric technology, it provides users with the ability to create and manage virtual connections to each other, dial the connections up and down as they need and only pay for what they consume.
NEXTDC also claims it as a neutral virtual exchange providing secure, elastic connections via high-speed switching fabric. AXONVX is designed to be elastic in its connectivity and allow end-users and solution providers to simplify the process for bonding multiple networks and Cloud services.
Customers will have the choice of logging into the AXONVX portal to select and enable their virtual connections with a easy-to-use interface, utilising APIs to integrate it into their own systems.
NEXTDC claims that users can leverage AXONVX's scalable, on-demand connectivity to reduce capex and "become more responsive to ever-changing business needs."
NEXTDC chief operating officer, Simon Cooper, said by combining consumption economics with elastic connectivity, AXONVX fulfils the rapidly growing need to dynamically provision multiple networks and Cloud services on-demand. He claimed it is driven by the increasing adoption of hybrid Cloud.
“With the flexibility of a virtual exchange, new services can be added on demand, with connectivity that doesn’t become a fixed-cost roadblock. The cost-and-use optimisation of data flows between the elements of an IT service will be key to getting more from less in the public and private datacentres of the future,” he added.
NEXTDC CEO, Craig Scroggie, said elastic virtual connections are critical to supporting consumption-based connectivity to the company’s customers and partners.
“AXONVX is accelerating the development of the digital economy, enabling our partners to create elastic connections between customers and suppliers with unprecedented speed and flexibility.
“This new, efficient model will advance the development of hybrid Cloud solutions, directly benefitting customers through greater commercial flexibility combined with a multiplicity of on-demand service providers,” Scroggie claimed.
Scroggie added that AXONVX was built for the channel to create elastic solutions.
"First and foremost, it is showcasing channel partners’ network offerings and Cloud services to the end-user eco-system through an on demand connection. As Australia’s first completely neutral virtual exchange, AXONVX also offers the channel unprecedented opportunities to extend and grow their businesses."
He indicated the AXONVX portal is a marketplace where customers can quickly select and consume any number of network and Cloud services, and conversely allows providers to easily reach their customers over secure private connections.
"AXONVX also allows service providers to utilise APIs in their own portal to sell and orchestrate connections to Cloud services, and extend their reach into all datacentres where AXONVX has a presence," he said.
UPDATED 07/10/15: NEXTDC partner, VMvault, is one of the first companies to go live with an ExpressRoute connection through AXONVX in NEXTDC’s M1 datacentre facility.
VMvault senior systems consultant, Radek Tkaczyk, said in addition to fast, secure private connections to its customers’ Cloud platforms, AXONVX's pay-per-use billing model that suits how the market increasingly wants to consume these kind of services was the reason it picked NEXTDC.
“By utilising the VMvault private national MPLS network, we will be able to present Microsoft Azure services on the same private MPLS network as Windows Azure VMs, or Azure Active Directory, all without touching the public Internet.
“The high speed 20Gbps connection via AXONVX to ExpressRoute will give our customers who want access to Microsoft public Cloud services real cost-savings and flexibility compared to traditional connectivity approaches, not to mention a huge increase in available bandwidth,” he added.