NZ Cloud company expands Aussie footprint through new hosting partnership

“We’re looking to grow our presence in the Australian government and enterprise sectors."

New Zealand Cloud software business, Psoda, has expanded its footprint in Australia through a new partnership with integrated hosting and telecommunications company, Macquarie Telecom.

Under the partnership, Psoda’s integrated project, program and portfolio management (PPM) software will be hosted at Macquarie Telecom’s Tier 3 datacentre, Intellicentre 2 (IC2) in Sydney.

The agreement enables Psoda to meet increasing demand from Australian clients for locally hosted access to its solutions.

Psoda’s existing Australian client base includes The Department of Transport NSW, Chandler McLeod, The Sydney College of Law, and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

The Australian customers are migrating into IC2 this week following a fortnight of configuration and fail-over testing.

According to Bruce Aylward, CEO of Psoda, hosting from IC2 removes potential data sovereignty, latency, and transparency issues, which were a major concern for a number of potential Australian customers.

“We’re looking to grow our presence in the Australian government and enterprise sectors," he says.

"Hosting sensitive data internationally is a contentious issue for many organisations. The ambiguity of data sovereignty isn’t going to go away. By hosting at IC2 for our Australian customers we have removed this issue completely.

“We have aggressive growth plans for the Asia Pacific region and to make our mark we knew we had to prove our commitment to local businesses and government agencies. Removing all potential hosting barriers was an important first step.

“Hosting onshore with a partner who meets our high standards and who is ready to grow with us as our customer base expands, is critical to achieving success."

Macquarie Telecom is Psoda’s first international hosting partner, and the two companies will work together as Psoda continues to invest regionally, capitalising on the growing demand for secure cloud-based project, program and portfolio management software.

“Demand for our software is growing rapidly in Australia and we seem to have an offer that is unique," Aylward said.

"Our software enables customers to capture and align business ideas against strategic goals, while also helping bring the ideas to life.

"For example, by using our software one of our state government department customers is expecting to save up to $3 million in the next three years.”

Group Executive of Hosting at Macquarie Telecom, James Mystakidis, says Psoda is a challenger company in New Zealand with huge potential to shake-up the Australian SaaS landscape.

“To execute this expansion successfully, the team needs high levels of support, flexibility, and control so that the business can flourish when they’re not in Sydney," he adds.

“Macquarie Telecom will execute activity on behalf of Psoda through our remote hands service where our engineers and technicians make changes based on their instructions.

"They need this level of involvement as Psoda’s solution includes colocation and self-managed firewalls."

According to Aylward, Psoda has a better than 99.95 per cent uptime record in our New Zealand datacentres.

"We needed an Australian partner who could guarantee the same level of service and confidence to our Australian customers," he adds.

“We chose Macquarie Telecom due to their certifications and world-class datacentre. Macquarie Telecom also offers a hybrid environment, which is imperative to the functionality and superiority of our solution.

"They also adapted to our particular needs and came up with a solution that works well for now but can also grow to meet our future requirements.”

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