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Customer spotlight: Mirus Australia provides cloud based analytics

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Yesterday, ComputerWorld & TechWorld published an interesting case on the use of Cloud Computing using the example of a customer of ours, Mirus Australia.

Mirus Australia helps residential aged care organisations provide the best care for their residents through improved funding and clearer operational insights. Mirus Metrics being available in the Cloud is a business project not technology deployment for their customers. The barrier to entry for care facilities is very low. A cloud based solution brings the cost of utilising business intelligence and analytics down so it is accessible to many many more facilities

By moving Mirus Metrics to CloudCentral’s cloud platform, Mirus Australia can focus on providing innovative solutions to care providers rather than managing infrastructure. Aged care providers can focus on optimising aged care rather than managing technology. Mirus Metrics allows customers to effectively manage, prioritise and track residents ACFI assessments.

We recently announced our official partnership with Microstrategy. The combination of MicroStrategy’s Analytics Platform, which provides a range of enterprise reporting, predictive analytics and management dashboards, with the performance, dependability and strength of CloudCentral’s Cloud Services, now makes analytics available to companies of all sizes, anywhere, anytime. The article on ComputerWorld is an excellent example of the benefits created by the cloud and our strategic partnerships.

CloudCentral is the Event Sponsor for this months AIIA Canberra Manager’s Forum with Bruce Thompson, Chief Knowledge Officer – ATO

CloudCentral is proud to announce that we are the major event sponsor for this month’s AIIA Canberra Managers Forum featuring Bruce Thompson, Chief Knowledge Officer of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Our sponsorship of this months event has major significance as CloudCentral is set to announce several new service offerings focussed on Big Data, Analytics and Open Data.

Big Data, Analytics and Open Data are obviously highly topical subjects right now, with the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) recently releasing their Big Data issues paper.

CloudCentral is looking to address the current gaping hole for Big Data, Analytics and Open Data cloud solutions in the Australian marketplace. We look forward to releasing more details on our strategies and services over the coming weeks.

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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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CloudCentral Secures Our First Contract for Australian Government (AGIMO) Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) Multi Use List (MUL)

Canberra Australia, 15 November 2012 – CloudCentral, a leading provider of Australasian cloud services today announced it has secured its first contract since being included in the recently released Australian Government Information Management Office Data Center as a Service Multi Use List (AGIMO DCaaS MUL) and Service Catalogue.

CloudCentral will be providing managed Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to an Australian Government agency to support service delivery of a new content management and delivery system. Under the terms of the agreement, CloudCentral will provide managed services including enterprise server management, monitoring, security and data backup . Services will be provided from CloudCentral’s Canberra, Australia based data centres including NextDC C1 (ASX: NXT) and TransACT (ASX: IIN).

The CloudCentral system provides customers with scalable on-demand access to computing, storage and network resources that can be scaled up and down in accordance with demand. Customers can deploy and manage their resources via a web user interface and integrate their systems via a Application Programming Interface (HTTP REST API).

“Being awarded a Government contract in less than a month of CloudCentral joining the AGIMO DCaaS MUL is great news and validates our ability to deliver innovative and robust Pay-as-you-Grow (PAYG) cloud services to Australian Enterprise and Government customers. ” said Kristoffer Sheather, CEO, CloudCentral.

“Our well established service delivery approach contrasts with that of foreign cloud providers as services will be delivered from two Australian located data centers, providing our customer with a high level of assurance around data sovereignty and security. Similarly, CloudCentral delivers all customer service and support via locally based support engineers providing customers with a local “throat to choke,” continued Sheather.

Established in October 2012, the DCaaS MUL provides a service catalogue of pre-approved cloud service offerings to enable Australian Government departments and agencies to efficiently procure cloud services with a contract value of up to $80,000 for terms of 12 months or less.

CloudCentral’s listing comprises 17 different services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

About CloudCentral

CloudCentral is a 100 percent Australian owned and operated provider of highly scalable, secure, dynamic cloud infrastructure services. We focus on providing superior services to Australian software developers, IT service providers, and enterprise and government customers.

CloudCentral’s cloud infrastructure services are provided on-demand, with a true pay-as-you-grow model with no upfront costs. CloudCentral delivers services from its two Australian data centers, and provides data sovereignty guarantees that all customer data is retrained within Australia.

In 2011, CloudCentral was announced the ACT winner of the AIIA iAwards Start-up Company category award, and also ranked as a leading Australian cloud provider in Longhaus Australia’s Trusted Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Provider Market study.

About AGIMO DCaaS MUL

DCaaS is part of the Australian Government Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025. The DCaaS MUL provides Agencies with a simple way to procure Cloud and Cloud-Like services. Contracts through the DCaaS MUL are limited to $80,000 (inc GST) and terms up to 12 months.

The MUL was established in October 2012 and will be available to Agencies until October 2014. The MUL will be updated continually to reflect changes in the Suppliers, services and pricing available to Agencies. DCaaS is optional for all Commonwealth Agencies and available to State and Territory Government bodies.

The DCaaS MUL service catalogue, comprising of Cloud and Cloud-Like services, provides Agencies with an opportunity to become comfortable with new services and service delivery models. Using these services will provide Agencies with valuable experience with security, legal, management, compliance and auditing issues.

For further information about the DCaaS MUL email datacentres [at] finance.gov.au or visit http://www.finance.gov.au/e-government/infrastructure/dcaas-factsheet.html.

Contact

Caroline Williams
CloudCentral
caroline.williams [at] cloudcentral.com.au
+61 403 922 679