iiNet brings cloud technology to small businesses
Internet provider iiNet has announced its latest product, Business Cloud, which will allow small businesses to build privately hosted infrastructure and save customers the cost of setting up and maintaining their own IT installations.
The company has partnered with vendors VMware, IBM and Juniper to announce the product, which will allow a business to build and deploy its entire infrastructure in the cloud for a minimum monthly fee of $29.
CEO of iiNet Business Greg Bader said while virtualised computing has been used by large businesses for some time, it has often been too difficult for SMEs to use.
“Put simply, it gives the small guys the same tools of the trade normally reserved for the big enterprise players. Removing barriers to entry and offering total flexibility, these products reflect the needs of operating a small business in today’s challenging environment,” said Bader.
He says use of Business Cloud will allow SMBs to shift efforts away from ongoing maintenance and upgrades to managing their business instead.
The product’s main features include direct access to the Business Cloud catalogue and virtual data centres to allow customers to install their choice of operating system and access consoles remotely, as well as thousands of virtual applications that can be deployed on preconfigured machines or media within minutes.
Other aspects include enterprise class security features and access to the programs application programming interface. All data is hosted in Australian data centres supported by iiNet’s technical support team.