EXCLUSIVE: Datacom NZ answers cloud conundrum - Private, Public or Hybrid?

While organisations now understand cloud is here to stay, what are they adopting? Private, Public or Hybrid?

Davidson says Datacom has built up “broad experience” in mission critical running and substantial data on the comparative economics of different environments to enable “informed choices” for organisations across the region.

This is teamed with experience in large scale application migration and development work to help move between cloud platforms and to avoid becoming locked into a single cloud provider.

“Our work with Zespri, and in particular SAP, demonstrates we are at the leading edge,” Davidson adds.

“Across the company we are compiling a database of applications and the workarounds that are necessary to implement those applications on the various cloud platforms. There is no single source to go to to learn this stuff – it just comes from experience.

“We’re also using this database to quickly access what’s involved, the likely timing, and the cost of moving customers to the various platforms.

“There is a high level of similarity across customers and the economy that is created by virtue of being able to draw on the experience having done it before is huge.”

Following three wins at the EMC Partner Awards also, coupled with the company’s Microsoft honouring, for many in the industry, the awards are validation of Datacom’s strong work within the cloud market.

“These awards are pleasing and the recognition is great, especially for the teams who put in the long hours, but in the end it is customer’s benefit that speaks loudest,” Davidson adds.

“The real story is the number of our customers we have been able to offer significant savings and real progress in their business too.

“Our cloud journey - partnership really - with our customers, started many years ago and isn’t particularly new.”


Looking ahead, at Datacom, Davidson says the company’s cloud consulting practices, both infrastructure and software development, and its own cloud platforms are growing strongly.

“Expect to see significant and profound enhancements to our own cloud offerings in the coming year,” he advises.

“We continue to attract new business which is probably the best indicator if you’re looking for a validation of our work in the cloud market.

“That said, no one can be complacent in this fast changing environment and we need to keep developing our skills, be open to new options, and stay flexible.”

Heading into the remainder of 2015, Davidson says that when it comes to Datacom, customers can expect an “experienced view” of how to select the cloud platform that is best for their specific workload and application environment.

“In short we’ll continue to bring the best expertise to bear on our customer’s challenges,” he adds.

“This effort will be coupled with a hassle-free migration experience followed by increased sophistication in our ability to automate, optimise and monitor their systems post migration.

“We are committed to working across all the major platforms, both cloud and non-cloud, and bringing these together into a single pane of glass, so to speak, for the customer.”

When it comes to the cloud, Davidson is unwavering in his belief that the key is flexibility - one size does not fit all, and all have idiosyncrasies.

“What’s important to highlight is that the real difference between the platforms is in the application and system software stacks that sit on top of the basic hardware and virtualisation,” he adds.

At Datacom right across its business, the maturing devops capability and deep expertise in application development is evident, something which in 2015 and beyond, Davidson believes will “become increasingly significant.”

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