Following the launch of IBM’s new $80 million cloud data centre in Auckland, the company has also announced a partnership with Maclean to deliver virtual server services (VSS) to mid-sized businesses.
This is the first time the two companies have partnered to serve businesses with up to 500 IT users.
Maclean will offer VSS together with ‘Enfusion’, its managed IT support service. Customers will have their data and applications hosted on virtual machines at IBM’s new Auckland data centre, in the Highbrook Business Park.
The virtual servers run Windows or Linux on VMware vSphere, the leading virtualisation technology, using industry-standard IBM System x servers and IBM Enterprise Storage.
“We have a proven track record in managed services, including being named as Kaseya Managed Service Provider of the year for Australasia. This experience, combined with enterprise level infrastructure from IBM’s new data centre, creates a powerful combination for the mid market,” says Maclean CEO, Chris Maclean. He adds that “customers are already talking with us about their plans to migrate to the IBM data centre, from website hosting to managing customer databases, online back-up and disaster recovery”. “Our New Zealand partner community play a critical role in delivering our cloud-based solutions such as VSS to the local market,” says Paul Douglas, technology services business manager, IBM NZ. “By combining VSS with personalised IT support and advice from Maclean, organisations that lack a large internal IT team can access the benefits of cloud computing.” As part of the agreement, IBM will also provide Maclean with pre-sales and marketing support.
IBM’s new data centre is New Zealand’s largest commercially available data centre.
“The launch of the IBM data centre in New Zealand marks a major step forward in the development of the country’s technology infrastructure,” says the company’s managing director in New Zealand, Jennifer Moxon. “As New Zealand’s economy continues to grow, IBM’s data centre will provide a platform for businesses to drive increased efficiencies, improved productivity and greater innovation.”
The 5,200m² facility includes a 1500m² column-free raised floor accommodating approximately 720 server racks. According to IBM, the structure is designed to provide the flexibility to meet expected client demand for the next 15 years.
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