Time to rein in your cloud

Logicalis has a new cloud services suite, offering customers more control of their virtual data centre and workspace environments.

Sydney, April 3, 2013 - Logicalis has expanded its cloud offerings, with the Logicalis Virtual Private Data Centre offering customers complete control of their virtual data centres and a management and orchestration tool that covers their end-to-end IT infrastructure from on-premise to cloud.

The IT services company recognises that some IT managers continue to have reservations about moving data and applications into the cloud, but believes it can now allay fears with a comprehensive online management and orchestration tool, high level SLAs and cost-effective replication and backup options.

Stan Sotiropoulos, Cloud Director for Logicalis Australia, says the reservations are understandable. “Many providers offer limited control of the virtual environment. They feel like it’s out of their hands and that makes them uncomfortable. In our case, we think you should be able to orchestrate your data and applications in the same way as if the data was stored in-house, without the risk.”

He says that once IT managers are given the tools their attitude changes. “They see the benefits and start to realise the risks associated with in-house data centres,” says Sotiropoulos. “In particular, we find a lot of companies have insufficient disaster recovery planning. Virtual hosting resolves that issue immediately, before you consider all the other benefits, such as cost savings, flexibility and meeting the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce”.

The Logicalis Virtual Private Cloud offers secure hosting for enterprise applications and servers, with complete self-service capability through nVisage web-based management. The environment includes a storage pool and compute capabilities on Windows or Linux (x86). The network includes virtual firewalls, load balancing, WAN optimisation and connectivity to the customer’s premises.

“The architecture is all about control,” says Sotiropoulos. “For a start, all data is retained in Australia, away from the jurisdiction of foreign governments. Secondly, there’s complete orchestration of the virtual environment through nVisage. There’s numerous options for backups and replications, down to a VM level. Plus, it’s all covered by SLAs”.

The new offering isn’t limited to server hosting: the Logicalis Virtual Workspace Cloud Edition provides desktop virtualisation, including mobile device management and voice and video capabilities.

The launch of the new services has already attracted interest from major companies keen to move their core business applications to the cloud. Sotiropoulos says Logicalis’ consultancy expertise is a benefit for these companies: “We conduct a cloud readiness assessment, workshop the opportunity, then provide a systematic approach to the migration of applications and data. Strategy and planning are as crucial as the infrastructure. Again, the process ensures IT managers feel they are in control of the transformation.”

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs nearly 3,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers.  To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1.4 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $5 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.au.logicalis.com/