Dimension Data to provide scalable cloud solution for Ultrafast Fibre
By Digital News Asia April 21, 2017
- Ability to control platforms and data assets has already delivered business benefits
- Allows Ultrafast Fibre to control cloud assets in real time without professional service requests
ULTRAFAST Fibre Limited has announced the appointment of Dimension Data as its sole provider of Cloud services in order to reduce costs, increase information security, and to optimise compute flexibility across the business.
Dimension Data will host all of Ultrafast Fibre’s data assets and applications within their Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) in Hamilton, including communications, business process applications, data warehouse and geographic information systems.
Hamilton-based Ultrafast Fibre - which built and operates the Ultrafast Broadband fibre network across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki - recently embarked on a process to select a single provider for all Cloud services.
“Working with Dimension Data as our single Cloud provider has delivered less complexity, an increased platform control and improved cost management by having all of our assets in one place by making things simple and fast”, says Ultrafast Fibre business support manager Peter Knedler.
“The ability to control platforms and data assets through Dimension Data’s self-service real time cloud control portal has already delivered business benefits which is a real bonus” says Knedler, “because it allows Ultrafast Fibre to directly control our cloud assets in real time without the need for additional professional service requests.”
Ultrafast Fibre also required the flexibility to scale up or down its cloud capacity on demand and only pay for what it used.
“Dimension Data worked with us to shut down all non-essential server workloads during the summer holidays, and we saved thousands of dollars over this period due to the consumption-based contract. Other vendor solutions we looked at just did not offer this level of flexibility,” says Knedler.
This project to simplify and secure Cloud assets coincides with Ultrafast Fibre entering an exciting phase of fibre connections growth, having already successfully completed deployment of approximately 3,000 kilometres of fibre optic network to eight central North Island cities and towns under the first tranche of the government’s Ultrafast Broadband initiative.
Ultrafast Fibre has recently been awarded a new contract to connect a further 12 central North Island communities as part of the UFB2 rollout.
“Ultrafast Fibre chose to work with Dimension Data due to a combination of a proven platform and an experienced team”, says Dimension Data Next-generation Data Centre Practice lead Marcel Rafter.
“We have been working with Ultrafast Fibre since 2015, and during this time we have built up a trusted relationship. Ultrafast Fibre appreciated Dimension Data’s efforts during this time to understand its needs and to help it keep its consumption costs under control”.
“We are excited to be a key innovation partner working with Ultrafast Fibre as it expands its network.”