Ninefold to close down

Cloud platform to cease operations in January

Australian cloud hosting provider Ninefold will cease operations as of 30 January next year, the company has revealed.

Macquarie Telecom launched Ninefold in 2011, long before Amazon's and Microsoft's cloud operations reached Australian shores.

"We were the first Australian provider to invest in Aussie infrastructure that was truly cloud - multiple availability zones, instant horizontal and vertical scaling (at cloud capacities), purchased online by the hour," a notice published on the company's website stated.

"We developed a simple to use user interface and made it easy to integrate via API. We achieved many great milestones on the platform’s journey. Thank you to those that were part of the journey, and thank you to our customers who have made us who we are."

"Significantly more investment is required if we are to make what we’ve built go to the next level. After an evaluation of the underlying technical platform, much consideration and deep reflection, we have decided not to embark on this journey," the notice said.

The company said it was focussed on supporting a smooth transition for its customers to cloud services offered by Macquarie Telecom or other providers.

"We appreciate that for some of our customers this will be a significant inconvenience and we will do what we can to make it easy," the notice said.

Earlier this year Ninefold said it would wind down its Rails app deployment services, a move that primarily affected its US operations and which the company said would help it focus on Asia Pacific.

In its results for the year ending 30 June, Macquarie Telecom attributed an increase in its hosting revenue in part to a lower loss from Ninefold shuttering its US operations.

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