ViFX teams with VMware to provide NZ enterprises with new hybrid cloud offering

AUCKLAND, 04 June 2015: ViFX, New Zealand’s leading IT infrastructure and cloud specialist, is partnering with VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, to launch a simple, cost effective way for New Zealand enterprise customers to access the transformative advantages of the hybrid cloud.

ViFX Co-Founder and Director, Geoff Olliff, says the launch of VMware vCloud® Air™, makes an agile, compatible and easy-to-use hybrid cloud offering available to New Zealand VMware users for the first time.

“VMware vCloud Air provides a compelling new offering in the market. It offers security and control, along with a familiar and trusted platform that enterprise customers have been looking for in a hybrid cloud service. The key advantage of VMware vCloud Air is that it is seamless – businesses can get the service up and running without having to acquire any new tools, learn any new processes or re-architect applications.”

Olliff says VMware vCloud Air works with customers’ existing private data centre environments and extends out to support all applications – both those developed in the cloud as well as existing ones.

“It will be particularly attractive to medium-to-large New Zealand businesses who have been looking for a flexible, hassle-free public cloud service to supplement their existing private cloud environments.”

VMware vCloud Air is easy to scale up or down, and is available as a ‘pay-as-you-use’ service or monthly subscription. The service negates the need for New Zealand businesses to retool their infrastructure or applications when moving to public cloud, allowing them to augment internal data centre resources to meet common business issues, such as on-premises capacity limitations, or unpredictable usage patterns. It provides a fast and cost effective way to establish development and testing infrastructure for rapid new application developments.

“Hybrid cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for the way growing New Zealand business are run as it allows organisations to treat IT provisioning as a consumable asset,” says Olliff.  “But up to now it hasn’t been particularly agile, compatible or simple to establish. This service will allow New Zealand enterprises to easily access versatile computing capacity so they can respond more effectively to competitive challenges. It’s basically the Software Defined Data Centre for rent.”

Duncan Bennet, Vice President and Managing Director, VMware ANZ says,

“We are pleased to work with ViFX to deliver VMware vCloud Air to the New Zealand market, enabling organisations to easily and securely extend their data centres into the cloud, using the same trusted infrastructure they have been using on-premises. ViFX is a certified hybrid cloud partner in New Zealand and has built specialist management and services capabilities as it empowers organisations with a simple and flexible path to the cloud.”

ViFX is also the only VMware partner in New Zealand to participate in the VMware SDDC Practice Builder programme – a specialist programme that enables ViFX to provide customers with increased value from VMware’s software defined data centre (SDDC) technologies. Globally, enterprises are transforming how their organisations leverage IT for competitive advantage with the SDDC approach.

James Knapp, CTO, ViFX says, “This programme enables our teams to become experts at exploring our customers’ environments, exposing new strategies to unearth value, and increase operational efficiency and agility. Being part of the Practice Builder programme is a proof point in our VMware expertise and in the capabilities we bring to customers.”

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About ViFX

ViFX is a leading IT infrastructure and cloud transformation consultancy, delivering world-class strategy, architecture, design, implementation, management and business intelligence services. We’re engaged by the region’s largest organisations because we have a reputation for delivering the outcomes they want, on time and on budget. We assist them to be more agile, more responsive and ultimately more successful. Our customers tell us that it’s our experience, expertise and quality of execution that make the difference. www.vifx.co.nz

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