NetApp, Cisco And Citrix Transform ASE It Networks' Data Centre, Making IT Cloud-Ready In Sixty Days
SYDNEY, Australia.- 31 March,
2011- Local IT outsourcing provider ASE IT is transforming
its data centre infrastructure with best-of-breed equipment from
NetApp, Cisco and Citrix driven by continued growth and interest in
cloud services by Australian small and medium enterprises
The Sydney and Silicon Valley-based company
is currently readying its infrastructure for the journey to virtual
desktops by implementing a system to unify its storage, computing,
networking and virtualization platforms. Using the company's ten
years of experience in managed "desktop to data centre" services
and hosted collaboration applications, this is the natural
progression of ASE IT's vision of the future of virtual desktops
spanning both applications on the desktop and the end-users'
environment for high security, performance and capacity.
"We're renewing our data centre
infrastructure in a 60 day timeframe," says Andrew Sjoquist,
Managing Director of ASE IT.
"While our existing infrastructures in
Equinix Sydney 1 data centre and Equinix Silicon Valley 4 were
still delivering return on investment and performance benefits to
our customers, by moving to NetApp, Cisco and Citrix we'll gain a
more flexible and scalable architecture.
"We anticipate the new unified platform will
lead to multiple new revenue streams and services, lower operating
costs and the business agility we need to deliver new services to
market faster than ever before."
ASE IT's internal Cisco and NetApp
engineering and implementation teams are working alongside channel
partner, Bridge IT Solutions' infrastructure design experts to
replace legacy infrastructure with the Cisco Unified Computing
System. The company is also updating its network with Cisco Nexus
7000 Series switches and introducing Citrix Xen Server software.
The data centre will continue to have a foundation built on NetApp
storage and storage management tools, with new NetApp FAS 3200
arrays deployed as part of the infrastructure renewal.
"The value proposition for selecting these
vendors is because together they provide us with a pre-integrated,
end-to-end virtual desktop solution to accelerate our time to
market and differentiate us from our competition. Our cloud
offering is more than just 'servers and storage', which is what
sets us apart," says Mr Sjoquist.
"We align our cloud offering with IT and
business requirements, as opposed to developer requirements only.
This makes our services easy to use, as a dedicated cloud solution
or as a hybrid solution integrated with our customers' existing IT
- The ASE IT infrastructure is built on NetApp FAS 3200 and FAS
6200 unified storage infrastructure which handle diverse workloads
across multiple protocols. The storage systems include vFiler and
clustering technology as well as storage grid, a unique storage
software solution designed to manage geographically diverse and
demanding 'big data' loads such as images, video, and records for
enterprises and service providers.
- The ASE IT infrastructure allows customers to connect their
existing IT infrastructure to the cloud using NetApp SnapMirror and
SnapVault technology to send enterprise data.
- The Cisco Unified Computing System unites the server, network,
storage and virtualization capabilities of ASE IT's Data Centre in
one energy-efficient system that requires fewer power supplies,
less cabling and reduced hardware footprint. Innovations in Cisco
7000 Series Switches such as Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
(OTV) technology enable ASE IT to deploy virtual computing
resources and clusters across geographically distributed data
centers for improved business resiliency.
- ASE IT is implementing a server virtualization platform through
Citrix XenServer and its accompanying cloud technology toolkit.
Citrix's XenClient, XenApp and XenDesktop technologies allow ASE IT
to run virtual desktops even while disconnected from the network
delivering and deploying applications and virtual desktops to users
on demand. The Xen Centre chosen by ASE IT with StorageLink
technology accompanies NetApp for Disaster Recovery as a Service
allowing customers to run their disaster recovery requirements in
the cloud. This offering replicates customer data to ASE IT's
NetApp-powered cloud storage and can be up and running in as little
as 90 seconds in the event of a disaster.
Peter O'Connor VP NetApp
"As companies virtualize more and more and cloud adoption becomes
increasingly prevalent, business dynamics are changing as we know
them. The NetApp storage chosen by ASE IT is a flexible and
efficient storage platform with the capacity to manage the pace of
change through a competitive and scalable cloud offering. ASE IT
has chosen an innovation leader in NetApp for enabling shared and
virtualized IT as a service, delivering exceptional efficiency and
flexibility for next-generation data centres."
Les Williamson, VP,
"We share ASE IT's vision for how virtual desktops will evolve and
its commitment to making business easier for customers by providing
choice and flexibility. With our business partners NetApp, Citrix
and Bridge IT, we believe ASE IT is well positioned to build a
cloud-optimised, shared virtual infrastructure that will
dramatically enhance its customers' virtual desktop
Peter Brockhoff, VP ANZ,
"With the help of Citrix, ASE IT is delivering powerful
virtualisation and networking solutions in a business environment
that's only starting to realise the improvements in productivity,
innovation and flexibility available through the cloud. In what is
a rapidly changing space, ASE IT's' commitment to its data centre
infrastructure will deliver a dynamic offering to its
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cloud, delivering services including unified communications, data
sharing and storage, servers and hosting, premium email services
and managed desktops. The business is built on the premise that
technology is meant to make business easier, not harder and clients
should not be forced to buy software, hardware and services on a
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