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6
Oct

About NTT Australia – Your ICT Gateway to Asia and the world!

By Hosting Guru

This is a bit of a shameless plug I know,  but since NTT made the significant investments in Dimension Data, Frontline Systems and Harbour MSP in Australia, not a lot has been said about what we are doing with all these amazing companies.  I hope to give you a little insight below into how we are going to market as a fully integrated ICT provider.

In the near future I will be sharing information on the launch of our exiciting Cloud 2.0 platform in Australia.  We will be one of the first regions globally to go to this new advanced cloud computing platform.  Stay tuned!

About NTT Australia

NTT is a Tier 1 Global Carrier and ICT Solutions provider, ranked #31 in the US Fortune 500 with Global Revenues of US$105 Billion.
Providing ICT services around the globe in 159 countries, we are your ICT gateway to Asia and the world.

NTT Australia is your local partner for global ICT Solutions with particular strength in Asia.  We provide high quality managed security, enterprise hosting, voice, data and IP services with leadership in IPv6 to businesses in more than 150 countries.  NTT Australia has two Data Centres in Australia and Global Network POPS in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.

NTT, the Japanese global ICT provider continues to make significant investments to support businesses in Australia & Asia Pacific.  In 2010 NTT purchased Dimension Data and in May 2011 NTT announced the acquisition of Frontline Systems and Harbour MSP in Australia.  NTT now has revenues exceeding $1 Billion in Australia.

 
NTT operates the following solution portfolio in Australia & Internationally:

Managed Services

NTT’s management expertise enables customers to achieve greater efficiency through reliable, high-quality global & local communication.

  • Enterprise IT Hosting
  • Managed Web Hosting
  • Cloud Computing (Private, Hybrid, Public)
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Application Management
  • Security Management
  • Edge Caching

Network Services

NTT is one of the world’s few true Tier 1 IP Carriers with total diversity across the entire network all the way to the customer’s dedicated environment.

  • International MPLS IP Private Network covering 159 countries
  • Global IP Transit
  • IPv6/IPv4
  • VoIP

Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure Services at NTT help to stabilise and optimise current operations helping companies reap real value in every step.

  • IT Service Desk
  • Business IT Process Implementation and Consulting Services
  • Infrastructure Solutions
    • Cloud Computing (Private, Hybrid, Public)
    • Onsite or Co-location
  • Video, Web & Audio Conferencing enablement and service provision

Application Services

NTT, with its expertise and experience helps clients develop and support applications, thus helping businesses maximise their return on investment.

  • Application Development Services
  • Application Management Services
  • Business Intelligence
  • Products and Solutions
  • Transformation and Modernisation Services
  • Professional Services

Business Process Outsourcing

BPO Services at NTT help you increase your company’s flexibility. We help you focus on your core competencies, without being burdened by the demands of bureaucratic restraints.

  • Product / Warranty Support
  • Customer Care
  • Professional Services

Smart Media Delivery & Conferencing

Superfast high quality distribution of digital information to audiences across the globe.

  • Global Smart Content Delivery
  • Web Acceleration
  • Media Streaming Services
  • Live & on demand Web TV enablement
  • 3D and HDTV broadcast contribution & distribution enablement

NTT Com companies operating in Australia are:

NTT Communications Australia
Local ICT services provider, backed by an extensive global organisation.  Your gateway to Asia and the globe, for ICT services around the world in 159 countries. 
http://www.au.ntt.com/en/

Frontline Systems 
The largest HP Technology partner in Australia providing Infrastructure and IT services.
http://www.frontline.com.au/              

Harbour MSP
Data Centre and Managed Services Provider. 
http://www.harbourmsp.com.au/ 

Emerio Solutions
Application Services, Infrastructure Services and Business Process Outsourcing.
http://www.emeriocorp.com/

NTT Group Companies operating in Australia are:

Dimension Data
Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, converged communications, security, data centre solutions, Microsoft and contact centre technologies 
http://www.dimensiondata.com/

Extend Technologies
Leading provider of SAP solutions and services for medium and large organisations in the public and private sectors.
http://www.extendtechnologies.com.au/

NTT Electronics
Manufacturer of leading Broadband, Photonics and Digital Video technologies.
http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/

For further information on any of the NTT Group companies services please don’t hesistate to contact me.

5
Oct

Hosting Guru Comments: Cloud computing disappoints early adopters: survey

From  Reuters LONDON | Tue Oct 4, 2011 10:55am EDT  (Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)

(Reuters) – Few organizations have moved to cloud computing — the delivery of computing as a service from remote centers — and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published on Tuesday found.

Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move, said computer security firm Symantec.

Many firms are looking at cloud computing providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google or Rackspace to help them increase their scale without installing expensive hardware and software locally.

My Take> I’m not surprised by the results of the survey.  Security and Data Sovereignty are certainly two of the biggest issues with first generation cloud services.  This short Reuters article also touches on other areas of concern I have mentioned in a previous blog about business continuance and disaster recovery.  

Adaptation to cloud services still has many challenges and a major re-education of both Enterprise and Corporate Cloud users is still needed.  Just because your applications are in the cloud it doesn’t suddenly make them Omni-present.

I’ve seen smaller businesses, corporates, and even some enterprise businesses move to cloud applications including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Gmail, Amazon and SalesForce.com.  All services by reputable brands, yet nearly all of the businesses moving to these Cloud services have overestimated the resilience and security of both their own infrastructure and the Cloud provider’s services.

I believe it’s unwise for business to put front office or back office applications in the cloud without looking at the bigger picture.  The whole strategy of IT needs to be considered and how to approach corporate security, business continuance, disaster recovery, cloud integration and life cycle management,  these among many other factors.

One of the biggest underlying challenges of all these issues is that very few of the cloud services providers are themselves in a position to consult or educate businesses on the full range of considerations for moving to the cloud.  Most cloud service providers are only interested in turning businesses into zombie consumers of cloud without regard to the abovementioned.

We are still only at the dawn of the cloud evolution, and as we educate the market how to plan for and move to cloud in 2012, we will see the real evolution and uptake in Cloud 2.0. 😉

Your thoughts?

Read More @ Reuters.com

30
Sep

Another New Zealand Earthquake – Magnitude 5.8 September 30 2011 at 11:42 pm (NZDT)

Another New Zealand Earthquake – Magnitude 5.8 September 30 2011 at 11:42 pm (NZDT), 110 km north-east of White Island.

These quakes still seem to be building this week, so far no reported damage in NZ.  Korumburra in Victoria  had a 4.4 earlier in July this year so Australia is not immune either.

Ominous timing for my previous blog post on Crisis Management, BCP and DR!

30
Sep

Hosting Guru Comments: Crisis Management, BCP & DR

Are You Prepared for a Crisis?

Are You Prepared for a Crisis?

By Hosting Guru

You don’t need to be Einstein to work out we are in an era of increased natural disasters, large scale and controversial security breaches, and even bigger system outages and disruptions caused by our increased reliance on cloud applications, social media and outsourced services.  A few well known names and events come to mind, some very close to home, and this is without even considering the aspects of terrorism or social engineering security issues.

Japan Earth Quake / Nuclear Meltdown
New Zealand Earth Quakes
Queensland Floods
Sony
Amazon
Microsoft
Facebook
BP

I’ve personally been victim and witness to all three scenarios myself in the last year, and with all the hype around cloud as the new promise land, it got me thinking about the many years I spent consulting with global financial institutions about BCP and DR.

How do you do BCP or DR when your services are in the Cloud?
Do you have a Crisis Management Plan?

Most Enterprise businesses spend millions on business continuity and disaster recovery planning, but the preparedness of the corporate market is very patchy and most small businesses just shrug their shoulders when you ask them about DR.

The bottom line is you need to at least have a Crisis Management Plan and basic Business Continuance Plan with a few “what if” scenarios to be properly prepared for the worst.  This will help protect your brand whether your a supplier or consumer of cloud services.

Im not an expert in Crisis Management, but I found this Crisis Management article from Eric Mower & Associates a good example of where many of those from the incidents above, failed dismally, especially in the public relations department.

If anyone would like my advice on BCP or DR matters, I spent several years consulting to many of the worlds top financial institutions and I would be happy to share my knowledge and experience and how I see BCP and DR in Cloud Computing.  So drop me a line!

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