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Expansion of OTW Private Cloud platform into Sydney underway

Additional OTW PoP planned for Albany, New Zealand We are delighted to announce that Over the Wire has commenced the expansion of its Hosted Infrastructure (Private Cloud) platform. The platform has always had geographic diversity through hosting in multiple Brisbane data centres, however this next phase will nearly double the original environment configuration by adding a full production suite in Sydney. The end result for clients is not only resource and geographic backup redundancies, but also geographic zones to utilise for optimal performance.

Hosted in the Equinix SY3 data centre, the expansion comes on the back of demand from clients for additional resource availability and greater geographic redundancy between nodes. It also aligns with the Company’s geographic expansion plans into the Sydney market. Completion of the upgrade is expected by December 2016.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our team today.

How does point in time recovery work?

Point in time recovery is a system for recovering from a catastrophic failure. It is not as many people think, a day-to-day backup solution. To help businesses understand how this process works and avoid the pitfalls of over-reliance on point in time recovery, we've prepared the following infographic.

Point in time recovery infographic

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What is the Difference Between IaaS and PaaS?

This is a question that has come up with a few organisations that we have been doing business with, and so we felt that it could use some clarification.

At their core, both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are exactly the same system - they are a bundle of virtual resources hosted on our infrastructure, which is located in one of our data centres.

 The differnce between PaaS and IaaS - application layer, virtual machines, hypervisor, computing, memory, and disk

Where the two systems differ is in the level of control that the end client has over the infrastructure they have been allocated. With an IaaS environment the client is only given control over the application layer (the layer on which software runs) and the VM operating systems (via a console). However, this does not give the client access to deploy new machines or make changes to existing machines (other than those functions which are accesable via the OS). The other functions are managed by the provider. For instance if an IaaS client needed to scale up their capacity, they would need to contact their provider and either place a request for some additional VM’s be set up, or request an increase in the resources allocated to an existing VM.

However in a PaaS environment the client is given control over the management of their own VM’s via the hypervisor layer. For this reason, we only recommend clients opt to use PaaS if they have experience in setting up and configuring virtual servers. In this instance, if a client wished to upgrade their capacity, the client only needs to request the base resources (computing, memory, and disk) and they would be free to choose how these are allocated and configured via a web based management portal.

Hopefully that helps to clear up some of the confusion, but if you still have questions we would recommend talking to an Account Manager.

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Public Versus Private Cloud

‘Cloud’ is a term that has made its way into everyday life, yet is possibly one of the most misappropriated terms in Corporate IT at the moment. Decisions between Cloud and On Premise solutions are often being made before properly understanding the differences, or without knowing the distinctions between Public and Private Cloud offerings.

Cloud platforms can be considered as a scaled up version of the Virtualisation Technology that is commonplace within businesses today; using large scale deployments to service a significant number of Virtual Servers, in turn enabling the cost be reduced. How these platforms deliver these services to your business defines the different cloud models, with the main categories being Public and Private Cloud offerings.

Thanks to Google Apps, Microsoft’s Azure and 365 products, and Amazon Web Services working to make 'cloud' a household term, Public Cloud has become the most commonly talked about version of cloud services. Public Cloud services generally have a set configuration, with scaling based on predefined options, and accessible only via the internet. These features work well for organisations whose staff are on the go, or that are able to adjust their business’ IT requirements to align with the provider’s offering. However, for businesses with custom applications or requirements, the ability to leverage these public cloud offerings can be limited. In addition some Australian businesses may experience compliance issues as a result of data being stored offshore. 

Private Cloud is a way of delivering similar Virtual Servers, though utilising the networking infrastructure of an ISP or Private Network service provider to connect directly into the platform core to avoid data traversing the public internet. In addition to the security and speed benefits, these products provide dedicated resources for the client while maintaining a common underlying platform. This means that customers receive a service specific to their requirements; adding site and hardware redundancy not experienced with an On Premise model, without the need to change the business to fit the offering. 

With the ability to provide both high speed network connectivity and Private Cloud services on a new locally hosted IaaS platform, Over the Wire can help you choose the best solution for your business requirements. To learn more about these and other deployment types, or to hear our General Manager, Ben Cornish, talk about our IaaS services click here or watch the video below

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