Long standing NZ Cloud Services Provider Lucidity, has today launched a new Infrastructure as a Service offering in the NZ market.
Built in partnership with Microsoft Consulting Services throughout 2015, CloudOS as the product is known provides a complete Virtual Server Infrastructure built using Microsoft Azure technology, hosted right here from Auckland and Wellington datacentres.
“Lucidity has invested over half a million dollars in this new platform and it has some really exciting new technology under the hood”, says company founder Paul O’Brien. “To our knowledge, we are the only hosting provider offering a full end-to-end Microsoft Hybrid Cloud deployment in NZ complete with Microsoft’s new Scale Out File Server technology.”
Lucidity is targeting the product set at the mid-market business who would be considering an enterprise grade Cloud Infrastructure platform like Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services, but want their systems and data to live locally in NZ. “The internet has come of age and it’s amazing what can be run out of off-shore data centres these days, but for system responsiveness and overall staff satisfaction with IT systems, there’s nothing quite like having your servers located a few kilometres away from you, not thousands of kilometres away from you.” say’s O’Brien. “We really see a space for this product with customers who want to run serious mission critical systems that can leverage the local internet bandwidth we have available.”
Paul O’Brien points out “that getting reliable and reasonable sized internet connectivity between your business and an overseas Cloud provider can cost a fair amount of money a month. CloudOS doesn’t suffer this problem. It’s on our soil, supported by Kiwis and we have a lot more flexibility with the platform than other providers.”
“The big drawcard with CloudOS is the way you can use the platform to extend existing infrastructure. You don’t have to move everything to the cloud. You connect your CloudOS Private Cloud tenant through to your existing on premise business network and then start extending and protecting your network by standing up CloudOS servers as needed.”