ASG chooses IBM for cloud kit

Perth-based IT services group ASG has standardised on infrastructure from existing partner IBM as it builds out its cloud computing base.

Perth-based IT services group ASG has standardised on infrastructure from existing partner IBM as it builds out its cloud computing base.

Earlier this year, ASG announced it had signed a SAP-related contract with mining company, CITIC Pacific, in a win that ASG flagged as its entrance into the local cloud computing race. ASG had prepared for this by beefing up its SAP capabilities by acquiring Melbourne-based Courtland Business Solutions and the specialist company, Progress Pacific.

Today, ASG revealed a partnership with IBM, which sees it buy a new portfolio of systems and storage infrastructure. According to a statement issued by IBM, it will enable ASG to offer a locally hosted private cloud to deliver managed business applications and services to clients.

"This agreement with IBM is critical to ASG Group's strategic entry into the Australian cloud computing market, enabling us to offer a unique, flexible solution tailored to the specific needs of our enterprise customers," said ASG general manager Steve Tull.

ASG will deploy IBM's Power7 System, which has an advantage because of the virtualised environment provided by IBM hardware partitioning, according to ASG. The system will enable ASG's Enterprise Resource Planning customers to benefit from reduced hardware and thus reduced licensing costs, according to IBM.

Furthermore, IBM will equip both ASG's Perth and Sydney datacentres with Storage XIV systems, Power 770 systems, IBM backup solutions and Brocade switching. To ensure stability and security, IBM will also deploy infrastructure for ASG Group's disaster recovery, which links its Perth and Sydney datacentres.

ASG's Tull said that the ease of management of the XIV storage portfolio and IBM's willingness to customise had influenced the group's choice.

"IBM has proved it can deliver a purpose-fit solution to support the particular needs of our enterprise customers within our cloud strategy, rather than the pre-packaged environments offered by other vendors," Tull said. "The ease of management of the IBM XIV and choice of processing architecture of the IBM System x3850 and x3690 and IBM Power 770 systems were key to the agreement."

Tull believed the partnership would enable ASG to be more competitive in the cloud market.

"For example, the self-management of the XIV storage system offers us enterprise-level performance but not an enterprise-level price," he said. "This means we can offer our clients competitive prices and don't need complex pricing tiers."


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