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Gen-i launches new Infrastructure as a Service offering called ReadyCloud
Posted on 28-Apr-2010 08:10 | Tags Filed under: News

Gen-i today launched ReadyCloud Server, its virtual compute and storage product, which is the first in a new suite of cloud offerings.

ReadyCloud Server provides a hosted ICT environment that enables the deployment of highly available, cost effective and agile computing. It forms part of Gen-i’s new ReadyCloud Services. Two other offerings, ReadyCloud Backup and ReadyCloud Storage, are in development and will launch later this year.

With ReadyCloud Server, clients can easily set-up and rent virtual machines, on a monthly basis, to augment or replace their existing server infrastructure. ReadyCloud delivers cost-effective and very reliable computing, leveraging virtualisation technologies across servers, storage and networks.

Leanne Buer, Gen-i Head of Infrastructure and Business Applications, says that Gen-i has seen great interest from clients keen to take advantage of its ReadyCloud Services to find new ways to be more competitive, efficient and reduce costs.

“ReadyCloud provides on-demand computing which means that clients select the server, backup and storage resources they need today, with the flexibility to change as and when required. Rather than purchasing costly servers and underlying support infrastructure, clients can leverage Gen-i’s ReadyCloud capability and achieve business efficiencies such as increased productivity and customer responsiveness.”

With the cloud creating many more opportunities for the way businesses operate it can be overwhelming for clients. Buer says that Gen-i understands the challenges its clients face as they look to move services and applications to the cloud.

“We work closely with our clients to understand what their needs are and deliver real end-to-end solutions that best meet their requirements. We provide fully integrated solutions delivering the best solution for everyone.”

Buer says that being able to integrate and manage ICT infrastructure from the network to in-house solutions, cloud and data centres means that Gen-i is well positioned to add real value to its clients businesses.

“Gen-i’s strength is being able to deliver solutions across all of these environments offering integrated security, reliability and performance management.

“We’re focussed on taking the complexity of ICT services and delivery models and tailoring a solution that is straightforward, easy to use and delivers real benefits. By integrating network delivered services with onsite infrastructure it enables clients to maximise their existing assets and leverage new cloud opportunities,” she said.

Gen-i’s ReadyCloud Server is hosted locally in Gen-i’s secure data centres. Clients can connect to the Ready Cloud service through a Gen-i internet service or via Gen-i WAN Services (GWS), Gen-i’s private IP network.

Buer adds that Gen-i’s cloud services are implemented, integrated and managed locally using the best technology available.

“Part of the value of ReadyCloud is that we continue to invest in our own infrastructure and keep up-to-date with the latest technologies which clients using the service benefit from. We’re giving clients access to highly managed, secure and resilient computing in a cost effective way.”

Hamilton-based software company, Wild Bamboo, sells Recordbase, a software tool to manage health and disability service user records, using the Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model and hosts the application on Gen-i’s ReadyCloud Server.

Wild Bamboo chief executive, Stuart Prendergast, says it didn’t make financial sense for the business to invest in computing capacity before customer demand warranted it.

“We needed a third party solution to host Recordbase to enable us to deliver the application as a service to our customers that would grow with our needs.

“Gen-i came back to us with a solution which met our needs for a local service in a highly secure environment and people on the ground to help put it together.”

“The fact that this is an on-demand infrastructure is major for us — there are only a limited number of such services in New Zealand. It gives us the ability to scale as we grow and pay for what we use,” he said.

Chris Quin, Gen-i Australasia CEO, says that giving its clients the ability to tap into the cloud and scale their ICT capability to meet market demand creates great opportunities for New Zealand businesses and for New Zealand to achieve growth.

“Cloud computing removes some of the roadblocks stopping businesses from reaching global audiences and competing on a world stage. Cloud has a low upfront investment which is particularly compelling for smaller organisations as it provides easy access to high-end ICT solutions.

“Gen-i is committed to helping grow our knowledge-based economy and our cloud services are based here in New Zealand, which gives peace of mind that our clients’ ideas and information are delivered by passionate and committed local people and protected by local legislation,” he said.

ReadyCloud Server is delivered as a flexible, scalable, pay-for-use service model with a month-to-month contract. It is available now and is sold in bundles including virtual machine CPU and memory combinations. Monthly pricing for a server starts from $247 (excluding GST) which includes 1GB memory for one virtual machine and 30GB of fast storage.

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