Wednesday, 31 August 2016 18:03

Bevan Slattery launches ‘Cloudscene’ data centre, cloud services directory Featured

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Tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery has launched yet another new business, this time a directory of thousands of data centres and cloud and Internet service providers.

Slattery, the founder of Megaport, NextDC, Pipe Networks, Superloop and Sub Partners, a submarine cable and telecommunications infrastructure provider, has launched the new venture Cloudscene after two years of development and his frustration in a search for a data centre provider as a platform for Asian expansion of Megaport and Superloop.

Slattery lists Digital Realty, Telstra, VentraIP, EU Networks, Megaport, Vocus Communications, Epsilon, Superloop and NextDC as some of the service providers already actively using Cloudscene.

Cloudscene was launched on Wednesday with a public directory listing more than 4700 colocation data centres and 4200 cloud and Internet service providers from 110 countries, and Slattery told iTWire that the launch was the culmination of two years of hard work by him and a team of just two.

“Two years ago we were looking at expanding Megaport and Superloop to Asia and frying to pick a data centre to go into, and there were a few lists but no directory or information source we could go to – just lists of data centres but nothing about which service providers were in each centre,” Slattery says.

“We started collating information and found that everything was not quite right – addresses not accurate, couldn’t tell who was in there (data centre). It ended up snowballing and two years later we have created a global database. We did all that with just one or two staff members… that’s all we did for two years. Verifying the information was a huge task,” Slattery recounts.

Says Slattery: “It’s been evident for some time that the traditionally long and difficult buying process for data centres and enterprise cloud services was not going to change.

“It was out of frustration that the concept of Cloudscene was born. Having invested significantly on these services myself, it became obvious that there was an information gap that needed to be filled.

“Prospective tenants or home buyers haven’t needed to visit individual websites of real estate agents to get listing information for over a decade. So, why is the tech industry stuck in the past when it comes to enterprise IT services?” Slattery asks.

He sees Cloudscene as a great resource for the major data centre providers to “demonstrate the ecosystem they have” and says the directory provides a platform opportunity for smaller operators in local markets, or in just one or two cities, to gain a global presence.

Cloudscene was launched with a team of six now ensconced at offices in Brisbane and the next phase of development of the business will involve making the directory even more “data rich” and talking to customers about what services they might want in pushing into different markets.

Cloudscene is billed as the “world's most comprehensive connectivity reference point for colocation data centres, cloud service providers and interconnected fabrics”, and a former head of IT operations at NextDC and IT manager at Pipe Networks, Jason Bingham, is Cloudscene’s chief operating officer.

Bingham says the primary goal of Cloudscene is to deliver reliable and accurate data to market.

“To achieve this, we invested in an in-house product development team and Australia-based data analysts to undertake the research, analysis and verification work.

“We have an extensive product roadmap in which Cloudscene will grow enormously. This is just the beginning,” he said.

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Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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