Thursday, 31 March 2011 04:38

One Thousand Users To Go Live on Enspire's GoDesktop Cloud Service

By Jo Balfour

~ Enspire chooses Logicalis to install Vblock for business growth and customer innovation ~

Sydney, March 24, 2011 - Enspire Australia, an integrator, ISP and cloud computing specialist, has become Australia's latest Cloud Service Provider to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) using the Vblockâ„¢ infrastructure platform that includes solutions from EMC, Cisco and VMware.

The service is aimed at companies of 20-500 seats typically with disparate offices and a range of applications who want to reduce IT support & management cost and complexity, for example in logistics, professional services, construction, and manufacturing sectors. Vblock hosts and delivers applications from its cloud to customers, backed by SLAs and a focus on delivering a great end-user experience.

Enspire chose Vblock to support a five year business strategy focusing on scalability, agility, service excellence, high availability and reduced cost. Importantly, Vblock resonated with Enspire's focus on delivering the most environmentally-friendly platform incorporating extensive virtualisation.

'The fact that we undertook such a progressive project during a globally uncertain economic period demonstrates the market opportunity we anticipate and the benefits to customers of Vblock technology,' said Geoffrey Nicholas, CEO at Enspire. 'The Logicalis project team made an ambitious project painless, through its in-depth product knowledge and adherence to process. Indeed, we acquired significant knowledge to bring into our own client service delivery.'

Logicalis implemented Vblock at Enspire's Melbourne data centre in the three months concluding in February 2011. Enspire anticipates completing the migration of its existing client base onto Vblock to meet the milestone of one thousand users on its GoDesktop service by mid-April.

Enspire expects to reduce infrastructure and application delivery times from up to 10 weeks under a traditional model to just two weeks using Vblock. The company's goal is to have 10,000 users hosted on Vblock by June 2012 and will work with Logicalis for three years under the agreement. Based on the projected growth, Enspire expects to add additional Vblocks to its data centre over the next two years.

'This is yet another example of leadership shown from a pioneering Australian organisation,' says EMC VCE Business Manager Darren McCullum. 'Vblock is a best in class combination of market leaders and I am sure Enspire will exceed its aggressive growth targets on the back of the implementation and a market hungry for innovation and agility.'

A pioneer of cloud computing since August 2006, Enspire undertook a strategic re-engineering process in 2009 which involved a bold evaluation of the company's future and the Vblock technology.

'Vblock represents the next generation of computing so it's exciting for our team to be involved in such a sophisticated project housed in Australia,' said Oliver Descoeudres, Marketing Director at Logicalis. 'We delivered a project that really does reach the holy grail of business outcomes supported by technology innovation.'

'As Enspire's top priority is to continue to offer state-of-the-art IT resources to its customers at affordable prices, we're pleased the company selected Vblock to host its GoDesktop cloud services. With the virtualised environment Vblock provides, Enspire can bring new service offerings to market faster, give customers more choice and grow the business,' said Sara Adams director of the Partner Business Group, Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

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