Data centres Q&A: Logicalis Australia

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This article appeared in the July 2014 issue of CRN magazine.

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Data centres Q&A: Logicalis Australia
Daniel Sultana, director of managed services, Logicalis Australia.

Tell us about your data centre offering.

Sultana: Logicalis offers enterprise-grade dedicated and shared data-centre offerings, with client data hosted and protected in both NSW and VIC. We partner with NextDC.

What managed services are being provided from these data centres?

Sultana: Logicalis provides a range of managed services from 24x7 managed infrastructure – both customer-owned and Logicalis-owned – including Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems through to our backup-as-a-service offering.

What technology is essential to your managed services and data centre mix?

Sultana: We utilise Cisco, NetApp, EMC and Microsoft.

When did your company first get involved in this area?

Sultana: Logicalis has been a data-centre integrator for over five years. We extended our data-centre portfolio within the last 24 months with the development of the Logicalis cloud.

Heard about any cool data centre technology lately?

Sultana: We are employing service-defined network technology within the Logicalis Cloud. This enables us to deliver service-provider-grade LAN and security services. We are currently evaluating storage-defined network technology.

Can you tell us about a recent customer project?

Sultana: We recently completed the relocation of a customer’s full data centre to the Logicalis Cloud.  This involved migrating more than 100 virtual machines from the customer’s ageing in-house infrastructure to Logicalis. The project took approximately nine months for full migration.

What is driving customers towards data centre services?

Sultana: Customers are realising it is no longer a simple process to get funding for non-core activities.  Running a data centre, providing power, real estate and environmentals are a non-core activity for the majority of businesses.

Data centres are…?

Sultana: Expensive, risky and a liability for most businesses to have in-house. The economics just don’t stack up.


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