“The ability to develop modern next-generation applications once, then choose the most suitable location to deploy workloads based on the business requirements has not been possible.”
Hile said Azure Stack also allows Datacom to leverage its next-generation automated managed services across local infrastructure, providing efficiency improvements previously only achievable through the public cloud.
“In a nutshell Azure Stack is an Azure consistent cloud platform in a local data centre,” Hile explained. “There has been a lot of hype around hybrid cloud and many businesses have discovered that integrated disparate systems across public cloud and local premises can be very challenging.
“Often this means duplicating many IT functions or procedures which creates complexity and adds cost. Azure Stack is important because it is the first solution to deliver consistency between local and public cloud systems, all managed by a single interface or consistent set of API’s.”
On both sides of the Tasman, Datacom has been testing Azure Stack since the first technical preview releases, working closely with Microsoft to build out go-to-market offerings.
With an internal team created to drive the initiative, the business is continuing to run validation testing with customers, before moving into production when the multi-node version is released.
“We will offer both hosted and multi-tenant and dedicated customer solutions under various consumption pricing models,” Hile told ARN.
While Datacom isn’t the only local partner preparing to maximise the benefits of the Azure Stack, Hile said the company is “uniquely positioned” to capitalise on the opportunity through its “vast ecosystem” of complementary products and services.
“Our large development teams can leverage the platform services (PaaS) to significantly reduce development timeframes while our National Network can provide simplified and cost effective data links,” Hile explained.
Unveiled in August 2016, the National Network interconnects Datacom’s nine data centres spread across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Designed to make IT infrastructure customisable, the network produces scalable solutions, in both speed and storage, reliability and security, while also catering to state data localisation laws.
“Also, we can leverage our next-generation management platforms that can automate technical and ITSM processes along with our consulting teams to provide sensible and independent workload assessments to ensure the wider business benefits from the IT strategy,” Hile added. “Testing to date has been very positive with customers confirming the many business benefits Azure Stack provides.”
From an end-user perspective, Hile said Datacom is currently engaged with a range of customers across the Asia Pacific region, spanning industry verticals such as legal, government and entertainment.
“Latency is real for many customers across New Zealand and regional Australia,” Hile added. “Without a local public cloud presence user experience can suffer dramatically, not to mention the ongoing cost of bandwidth in many areas.”
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