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Thursday, 03 December 2020 10:03

Hostopia, Equinix ink long-term deal Featured

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Cloud services and hosting provider Hostopia Australia has secured a long-term deal with data centre operator Equinix to consolidate its five separate data centres across Sydney and Melbourne into Equinix’s SY5 and ME2 data centre facilities.

Hostopia says the deployment will enable it to overcome the limitations of its current data centres spread across different locations, by leveraging Equinix’s “world class infrastructure and network service capabilities”, improving the service delivery and connectivity for over 50,000 of its customers across ANZ.

"This collaboration with Equinix will enable us to consolidate and reduce the number of disparate providers we were working with,” said Ross Krumbeck, CTO for Hostopia Australia.

“Beyond a simple data centre agreement, this collaboration will allow our customers to benefit from best of breed data centre facilities with high security and compliance standards, robust power and cooling redundancy as well as abundant connectivity options."

Hostopia Australia says the deployment with Equinix will allow managed cloud brand, Anchor, to provide customers with "superior, best-of-breed equipment and high-speed connectivity", and also means Anchor will be able to provide more tailored data centre solutions, “especially for those customers with very specialised needs and requirements, as well as do co-selling and build side-by-side services on Platform Equinix”.

Under the deal Hostopia’s Anchor customers will also be able to access the Equinix Fabric - formerly known as Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric- which allows businesses to set up on-demand and secure connections to more than 2,300 participants across all regions around the world.

Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia said: “Businesses across Australia are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud architectures as part of their digital transformation journeys. By deploying on Platform Equinix, Hostopia will give its customers access to our robust cloud ecosystem and benefit from improved service delivery and connectivity.”

“Beyond just supporting our existing and future customers across ANZ, Equinix’s global footprint means we’ll be able to expand our reach and support both ANZ customers looking to grow internationally, and overseas companies looking to start operations in our region. This is of utmost importance as we are just launching our private and hybrid cloud offering and expect to grow significantly in 2021”, said Krumbeck.

Equinix says it will provide Hostopia with extra capabilities to support the launch of its new private and hybrid cloud offering which will trade under the Anchor name.

“As of today, Anchor is offering ANZ customers the opportunity to build tailored private and hybrid cloud environments in VMWare, one of Anchor’s key partners, at Equinix SY5 and ME2 facilities,” Equinix said.

“This new offering has been built to support organisations which are not ready to operate in full public cloud environments yet. Anchor’s new private and hybrid cloud offering comes with an extra managed and professional services layer.

“Anchor’s cloud experts will be able to create 100% bespoke solutions based on each customer’s unique needs and requirements, and accompany them step by step in their cloud journey whether they want to stay in a private cloud environment, or move toward hybrid or public cloud.”

Darryn McCoskery, General Manager for Hostopia Australia said: “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve seen a rush of organisations either expanding their cloud footprint, or looking into kick starting their cloud journeys. It’s important we can accompany those organisations every step of the way, no matter where they are at with their cloud journeys”.

“What 2020 has proven is that cloud is not an option anymore, and as we enter 2021 it will be even more paramount to build resilience and stay relevant amid a constantly, rapidly changing economic environment.”


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