Non-bank commercial loan manager, Balmain, has selected NEXTDC’s S1 Sydney datacentre to host its Cloud services and some production, client-facing systems, in a deal arranged through its relationship with Telstra – a NEXTDC premier partner.
Balmain head of IT, Vik Sharma, said it decided on hosting its data in this facility as he has been steering the company through a period of IT transformation.
“Balmain, as an organisation, is requiring increasingly more from our IT service, and we’ve been developing new strategies to overcome our storage and scalability issues. We want to free-up our internal IT resources in order to concentrate on business productivity and innovation,” he said.
Sharma said the company picked out NEXTDC’s datacentre for its redundancy and high availability of the datacentre.
“It would otherwise cost Balmain a lot of money, time and effort to implement and maintain,” he added.
Balmain uses Microsoft Azure as one of its key Cloud services for hosting, building and deploying client-facing applications. As such, Sharma said NEXTDC’s ability to provide private, high-speed connections to Microsoft Azure via ExpressRoute was also an important factor in Balmain’s decision.
“Balmain’s IT development roadmap consists of more mobile and Web-based applications for its staff and customers. With NEXTDC as our only datacentre provider we will be able to leverage the capacity and scalability of these applications off-site and release the resources at HQ and branch offices to service mission critical business objectives,” he added.
NEXTDC general manager of national partnership strategy, Steve Martin, said the company has won some great deals through its close working relationship with Telstra, and having a company with high market profile and a broad customer base like Balmain pick NEXTDC is one of the best endorsements for it.“Telstra and NEXTDC have built a very successful and strategic partnership over the last few years. Telstra facilitates ‘whole of business hybrid IT’ solutions for their customers that comprises public Clouds, private Clouds, colocation and connectivity.
"We provide Telstra with the datacentre space for their private Cloud and colocation requirements, as well as public Cloud connectivity options. Balmain have engaged Telstra as its strategic partner and we, in turn, support Telstra’s data centre requirements for Balmain,” Martin added.