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Dimension Data to provide cloud services to Ultrafast Fibre
Posted on 18-Apr-2017 10:34 | Tags Filed under: News

Ultrafast Fibre has selected Dimension Data as its new single Cloud provider in order to increase the security of its information, optimise flexibility and reduce costs.


Dimension Data will host all of Ultrafast Fibre’s data and applications in its Managed Cloud facility in Hamilton, including communications, business process applications, data applications and geographic information system applications.


Hamilton-based Ultrafast Fibre which built, and now owns and operates, the Ultrafast Broadband network in areas of the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, recently embarked on a process to select a single provider for all of its Cloud workload.


Ultrafast Fibre chose to work with a single supplier as having all of its information in one place increases security, with the added option to provide complete secure lockdown as needed, says Ultrafast Fibre Business Support Manager Peter Knedler.


“Working with Dimension Data as our single Cloud provider meant less complicity, an increased ability to control and manage costs and improved performance by having all of our assets in one place – making things simple and fast.”


The ability to control information through Dimension Data’s Self Service Real Time Cloud Control Portal was a real bonus, says Knedler. “It allows us to directly control our cloud assets in real time and with no need for additional service requests.”


Ultrafast Fibre also required the flexibility to scale up or down its requirements, and to only pay for what it used. “During the summer holiday period Dimension Data worked with us to shut down all non-essential server workloads. Due to the consumption-based contract, where you only pay for what you actually use, Ultrafast Fibre saved thousands of dollars over this period. Other vendor solutions we looked at just did not offer this level of flexibility,” says Knedler.


This work to simplify and secure its Cloud workloads coincides with Ultrafast Fibre entering an exciting phase of growth. Ultrafast Fibre has already successfully completed deployment of 3,000 kilometres of fibre optic network to eight central North Island cities and towns under the first tranche of the government’s Ultrafast Broadband initiative. Ultrafast Fibre has recently been awarded a new contract to connect a further 12 central North Island communities as part of phase two of the UFB rollout.


Ultrafast Fibre chose to work with Dimension Data due to a combination of a proven platform and an experienced team, says Dimension Data Next Generation Data Centre Practice Lead Marcel Rafter. “We have been working with Ultrafast Fibre since 2015, and during this time we have built up a trusted relationship. Ultrafast Fibre appreciated Dimension Data’s efforts during this time to understand its needs and to help it keep its consumption costs under control,” says Rafter.


“We are excited to be a key innovation partner working with Ultrafast Fibre as it expands its network.”


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