NextDC launches AxonVX connectivity-as-a-service platform

Datacentre provider NextDC has launched a new connectivity business that provides clients with a central location to access multiple servers, clouds, and network hubs.

Brisbane-based datacentre-as-a-service (DCaaS) provider NextDC has announced the launch of a new connectivity-as-a-service (CaaS) business, Axon Systems, and its first product offering, AxonVX.

The company's AxonVX platform -- or virtual exchange platform -- provides a CaaS solution for both enterprise and government that allows end users to access multiple networks, services, and cloud platforms from the one location.

"We found real service providers with real problems," NextDC chief operating officer Simon Cooper told ZDNet on the motivation behind starting the AxonVX service.

"What we realised through our growth and the lens that we have through our partners, there are these other problems that need to be solved, not only around the NextDC datacentre, but in other places as well."

Axon Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed NextDC, and Cooper made it clear that both businesses will continue to run autonomously, with neutrality at the crux of the idea.

"NextDC is really focused on the datacentre business, and the Axon business is all about solving how you connect all this stuff together in an elastic, low-cost, and optimised way," he said.

"If you think of AxonVX as a sorting business, or a virtual marketplace that allows customers and solutions providers to take connectivity to all of the opportunities out there -- things that don't even exist yet -- the beauty with it being in the online marketplace is that you can try it out without committing huge amounts of time and money."

The AxonVX platform offers users two options for employing its service, via an online portal, or by using its API.

The COO said that the cost-and-use optimisation of data flows between the different elements of an IT service will be key to increasing the efficiency of datacentres of the future.

"It's really important for businesses to disrupt themselves; people don't understand the importance of creative disruption.

"A week later [after enabling AxonVX], if it's not working, you can turn it off, as opposed to a minimum one-year investment decision."

NextDC's investments in infrastructure have already started to pay off, with the company reporting its first period of positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) and operating cash flow for the first half of the 2015 financial year.

The company attributed the improvements to datacentre services revenue, which increased by 134 percent to AU$26.7 million; contract utilisation, which grew by 48 percent; and billing customer utilisation, which grew by 74 percent since December 31, 2013.