With Nexus managing director Sean Murphy.
What server brands do you specialise in?
HPE, Cisco and Fujitsu.
When did your company first get involved in this area?
Server was a founding technology in 1998; we integrated Compaq Proliant solutions for Apple-based design teams.
What certifications do you have that apply to servers?
We focus on the Microsoft Server and Hyper-V brands, rather than the server platform, where the value and operational smarts are delivered.
Which distributors do you use?
Dicker Data, Arrow, Westcon and Ingram Micro; it depends on the brand and the rest of the solution stack.
Have you heard about any cool developments in the server space recently?
Servers are – to some extent – commodity platforms, delivering compute to virtual stacks; innovation around density and interfaces are appreciated, but great integration into RMM and the hypervisor are the keys to finding the best operation and management.
Can you tell us about a recent deployment you have done?
We have a server-as-a-service offering in the NSW government, and recently collapsed a large older infrastructure onto three servers to serve an entire agency with up-to-date Microsoft desktops. Customer love ensued.
What is driving customers' server projects?
Applications. Upgrades from older line-of-business apps where we can finally bring them into a modern virtualised core stack, integrate them with other tech – say, Citrix or RDS – and transform the end-user experience.
The engine room of a good IT foundation; rarely visited by the captain, but we all know if there is an issue at that layer.