Infoplex project to remotely manage operations across two continents

Provision resources on the fly without disrupting storage configurations

With data centres across two continents, Infoplex is undertaking a project to consolidate server connectivity and to eventually manage all of its operations remotely.

The Australian based IT managed service provider, which provides on demand storage, disaster recovery and dedicated hosting, expects to complete the project by the end of the year.

Infoplex managing director, Sean Kaye, said the project includes the purchase of six Xsigo VP 780 I/O Directors that will be installed at its Sydney and Melbourne data centres.

Provided by Xsigo Systems, the I/O Director was launched at VMWorld in September, 2007, with the company claiming the technology can lower server-related operational expenses by up to 80 percent, cut capital costs by 50 percent and use 70 percent less cabling.

Kaye said the technology will promote new levels of application performance and agility for customers that host their business critical applications with Infoplex.

He said future plans include further deployments of the technology at its data centres in Hong Kong and Brisbane.

"Our objective is to remotely manage all aspects of our operation, including connectivity. With this virtualization technologywe can reduce cabling by 70 percent, eliminate re-wiring and provision servers in half the time," Kaye said.

"With the I/O Director IT managers can provision I/O resources on the fly without disrupting network and storage configurations, and without physically entering the data centre."

Kaye said it consolidates infrastructure and replaces physical network and storage interfaces (NICs and HBAs) with virtual resources managed remotely from a single console.

The technology also supports open standards. Xsigo president and COO, Steven Haley, said interoperability is important to growing enterprise efforts to complete the eco-system for fully virtualized data centres.

"Our solution is growing in demand as more companies recognize the efficiency, security and agility benefits that virtual I/O delivers," Haley said.

The company's vice president of international sales, Charlie Will, said the Asia Pacific region represents the fastest growing market for virtualization technologies in the world. As a result, Will said Xsigo Systems is actively expanding its presence in Australia, Japan and China, with more countries to follow.

As part of its expansion plans and focus on forming strategic relationships with key partners, Will said Infoplex has agreed to be a reseller for the company's family of products.

He said Infoplex will sell Xsigo products directly to managed service providers and enterprise business customers throughout Australia.

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