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From a cave to the cloud

Using tools has made life easier for people from the dawn of ages. It may have started with the invention of hammers and spears but we’ve come a long way since. The cloud is part of this constant move for innovation to make our life easier. This started with Infrastructure as a Service, and now evolves to Platform as a Service.

A common misconception is that moving to the cloud will magically make your application cloud ready, resolving all issues around reliability and manageability. However, cloud is not a magic bullet. Cloud it is a tool to help you achieve higher reliability with less effort.

A good cloud provider provides cloud services with many built-in redundancies. No single point of hardware failure, be it a compute node, hard-drive failure or network failure affect the performance of a cloud hosted system. However, this doesn’t address the most common cause of failure: software. Not only that, it also ignores the true benefits of cloud computing.

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Growing towards the future with more capacity

As if that isn’t enough, new private ethernet pipes between our TransACT and a soon to be announced new data centre will be bought online this week.

All these improvements will ensure even better connectivity between our data centres. Especially customers who have are using a geographically redundant setup between our data centre will notice even greater speeds than before.

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NEXTDC Data Centre Overview

CloudCentral works closely with NEXTDC to ensure the best performance and reliability for our services. We are currently using NEXTDC’s C1 (Canberra) data centre as one of our two Points-of-Presence (PoP) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

For a good overview of what NEXTDC has accomplished so far, check this video:

Video supplied by NEXTDC

NEXTDC C1 Data Centre Statistics:

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NEXTDC Data Centre Tour

Check out the virtual tour of the NEXTDC M1 data centre located in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. M1 is one of the largest data centres in Australia and the largest independent data centre in Victoria.

CloudCentral is a tenant of the NEXTDC C1 data centre located in Bruce, ACT, Australia. By watching this video you can see the standard of NEXTDC data centres. While the C1 facility in Canberra looks a little different, the data halls use the same rack containment systems as shown here.

NEXTDC C1 Data Centre Overview

Location: Bruce, ACT Australia
Size of Facility: 6,000m2
Technical Space: 2,260m2
Capacity: 8.0 MVA
IT Load: 4.0 MW
Target PUE: 1.4
Operational: Now

The New CloudCentral Cloud

The CloudCentral team is excited to announce the immediate availability of ‘The New CloudCentral Cloud’. The New CloudCentral cloud is the result of over 12-months systems engineering and research by the CloudCentral team.

Platform Overview

The New CloudCentral Cloud is situated in the new NEXTDC C1 enterprise data centre located in Bruce, ACT, Australia providing you with the peace of mind of an ASIO T4 physical security and Tier-III Australian data centre facilities with guaranteed data sovereignty.

The new platform will also be available from the TransACT data centre located in Dickson ACT enabling customers to deploy highly available replicated solutions across geographically separate data centres. The data centres are connected via high-speed private gigabit network connectivity for low-latency and high bandwidth data transfer between availability zones.

CloudCentral has engineered our new platform on top of Citrix CloudPlatform, the Apache CloudStack based open cloud management platform. Also featured are the the latest high-performance Intel Xeon processors, enterprise-grade Oracle ZFS storage, and high-speed 10-gigabit networking.

Enterprise & Government Services

The New CloudCentral Cloud is arguably the most advanced enterprise-grade open cloud platform in Australia and has been selected to host Australian Government services under the terms of the Australian Government Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) Multi Use List (MUL) for cloud and cloud-like services.

A 99.95% availability service level agreement with guaranteed support response times is offered on our new cloud to provide assurance to enterprise and government customers. Higher availability level solutions can be engineered by lever-aging our multiple availability zones.

Network Enhancements
 
The CloudCentral network has been upgraded with the addition of Nextgen Networks and AAPT to augment the capacity and capabilities of our network.  Customer traffic passing between our availability zones will transit via our new private low-latency, high-bandwidth Ethernet interconnects to provide assured security and quality-of-service.

Platform Features

  • Citrix CloudPlatform (based on Apache CloudStack) Open Cloud Management Platform
  • Citrix XenServer 6 Hypervisor
  • VMware ESX 5.1 Hypervisor (coming soon)
  • Oracle ZFS High-Performance Mirrored Replicated SAS+SSD Hybrid Storage
  • 10-Gigabit Low-Latency High-Performance Networking
  • Snapshots (scheduled and manual)
  • Templates (user, domain and public)
  • Projects
  • Sub-Accounts (create sub-domains within your domain for reseller, client separation or environment separation)
  • Sub-Domains (create sub-domains within your domain for reseller, client separation or environment separation)
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • CloudPlatform / Apache CloudStack Open HTTP REST API
  • Amazon EC2 Compatible API
  • Layer-2 Secure Network Segregation per Customer Network via Industry Standard 802.1Q VLAN’s
  • Layer-3 Secure IP Network Firewall per Customer Network
  • Layer-3/4 Load Balancer
  • Directly Assigned & NAT’d IP Network Addressing

New & Updated Operating Systems + Software

Domains & Sub-Accounts

Additional sub-accounts can be created within your domain if you’d like to support multiple resellers or separate your environments such as development, test and production. These can be created by request to our support team.

Special Offer: 30-Day Free Cloud Services for New Customers

All new customers will receive 30 free days to test and evaluate The New CloudCentral Cloud. Please contact our customer service team for access.

Getting Started

Please contact our support team by emailing support@cloudcentral.com.au for access to The New CloudCentral Cloud and to answer any questions you may have.

Best Regards,Kristoffer Sheather
Founder & Chief
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