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Optus Business Delivers as Promised on Enterprise Cloud Computing Services

September 15, 2010 - 1 Comment

Earlier this year (Feb. 10 to be exact, read press release here), Optus Business announced that Curtin University of Technology in Perth, West Australia was its first pilot customer to sign up to its beta cloud-based service built on technology from Cisco, VMware and EMC.  At that time, they announced that in six-months they expected to make this cloud service commercially available.

And voila! Today, Optus, in partnership with Alphawest, announced the commercial launch of Optus Cloud Solutions, its new suite of enterprise cloud computing services.  The first service offering is a virtual private data centre solution that enables businesses to access virtualised computing and storage capacity on demand via a secure network connection. It is available to Optus Business customers from October 1, 2010.

Curtin University’s Director of Infrastructure Julian Dawson was on hand at the media event to provide an update on its trial.  He stated that the Optus cloud service enabled him to create and provision virtual machines in hours (versus days) to support a range of applications.  He also revealed plans to extend Optus’ cloud offering to researchers at the Curtin-hosted International Centre for Radio Astronomy next month.  

Optus Business revealed another pilot customer – Savills – a property management company in Australia that migrated its disaster recovery site to the Optus enterprise cloud. As disaster recovery storage and server infrastructure currently represents 20 percent of Savills production systems capital expenditure, by going with Optus’ cloud service Savills was able to maintain business continuity and tier 1 application and data recovery without having to procure new infrastructure and spend capex.

Check out this FlipVideo to hear Cisco Data Centre Practice Manager Dylan Morison’s quick recap of today’s media event as well as a short clip from Curtin University and on the Savills pilot.

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  1. Am i missing something or shouldnt cloud services be able to deploy in minutes not hours. I can imagine a company wanting to rapidly deploy services in the cloud and having to wait hours while Optus deploy a VM. Sounds like something shifty to me when other service providers can deploy faster and actually have a published costing model which is something Optus still dont have