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NEC Australia extends cloud offerings

NEC Australia has launched its extended cloud portfolio, expanding its range of locally-hosted cloud offerings.

Best known in the past as a telecommunications supplier, NEC in Australia has been expanding into managed services over the past two years, a move accelerated by its May 2012 purchase of the systems integration business of CSG.

NEC has announced a range of cloud services to support infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based deployments, meeting Australian organisations’ demand for secure, locally-hosted cloud solutions backed up by trusted local expertise and support.

Tasso Mangos, Chief Technology Officer for NEC Australia, said data sovereignty, privacy and security remain key concerns for local organisations considering a move to cloud-based solutions. “NEC Australia’s onshore provision of cloud solutions means customers can rest assured their data remains locally managed and supported by NEC Australia staff.

“To further support Australian business development, NEC has selected several Australian-owned and operated data centre partners to deliver a secure, scalable, reliable, and high-redundancy service nationwide.”

Mangos said NEC Australia’s Cloud Solutions portfolio offers a unique proposition to Australian organisations that are migrating infrastructure, applications or services to the cloud. “NEC Australia recognises that customers want to migrate to the cloud. Our experience shows that customers benefit from having a trusted partner who manages integration and transformation complexities, and also provides the tailored customisation required for a successful cloud transformation.

“With our locally-hosted and serviced cloud solutions, NEC Australia provides a superior level of security and services across all cloud related application development, consulting and managed services. We understand customer needs from both the technology and business perspectives and can support customers cloud requirements through their entire technology lifecycle.”

There five pillars of NEC Australia’s Cloud Solutions: transformation, infrastructure, unified workspace, business enablement and applications.

Next week NEC Australia will also launch NEC Cloud Collaboration, a service that takes unified communications to the cloud. The company’s contact centre solutions will also be delivered by the cloud, with the upcoming launch of NEC Cloud Contact Centre, providing integrated call centre solutions in multi-site environments.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.