Sydney, Australia - 17 May 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that UltraServe, a local leader in trusted cloud and managed hosting services, has selected IBM technology to support its next generation cloud platform expansion to deliver a significant capacity increase to its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform providing its clients with cost effective Australian public and hybrid cloud solutions.
UltraServe’s modular cloud expansion platform, nicknamed UltraPOD, leverages IBM’s BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud solution and combined with UltraServe’s orchestration system has been developed into a pre-configured deployment at the time of manufacturing to allow streamlined delivery and implementation, setting the foundation for the company’s national expansion.
UltraServe’s orchestration software is layered above the IBM integrated platform, empowering the combined solution to deliver customised cloud services with agility and flexibility. This enables customers to self-serve and brings a full-service IT catalogue to their fingertips.
The UltraPOD solution, underpinned by IBM technology, will help enable UltraServe to keep ahead of demand by allowing significant capacity to be added in a modular form, accelerating delivery to just weeks – a process that may have taken between six and eight months to deploy previously if traditionally integrated.
“The first UltraPOD deployment, worth up to $3 million, is a significant investment for us,” said Samuel Yeats, CEO, UltraServe. “Our customers and partners rely on us to transparently scale our pool of capacity behind the scenes.”
“In the past we had to perform long range capacity planning to stay ahead of demand, but now our internal time to increase our platform capacity is 80% faster than before, meaning we can continue our rapid growth and respond quickly as we support larger customer requirements.”
“We realised early last year that we had a window of opportunity to re-think the design of our underlying platform and develop a repeatable blueprint that enabled us to rapidly increase our capacity and efficiently expand into new geographic locations with agility.”
“IBM is delighted that UltraServe has selected IBM as its partner for these capabilities leveraging our advanced server, networking and storage technologies," said Francois Vazille, General Manager, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Australia and New Zealand. "IBM solutions are created to help accelerate the journey to Smarter Computing and IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models through bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, and a broad portfolio of cloud solutions."
UltraServe currently operates between data centres in Sydney and Brisbane and has deployed the first of its UltraPOD modules in Sydney. UltraServe is seeking anchor tenants in the enterprise and government sectors for its planned Melbourne (August 2012) and Canberra data centres.
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