29 Apr 2012

Latest blogs and Brennan IT in the News - April 2012

Brennan IT chooses Equinix as strategic data centre partner for Sydney and the United States

To support our cloud customers as our services continue to grow, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve selected Equinix as a data centre partner not only in Sydney but also in global locations where our customers have developing needs.

The move is aimed at increasing our cloud capacity and capabilities to ensure that we can continue to deliver cost-effective and flexible services to our Infrastructure-as-a-Service customers.

Our MD Dave Stevens, said of the partnership: “As our cloud offerings and customer base continue to expand, so do our requirements. By partnering with Equinix we are guaranteeing access to the capacities, quality facilities and services we need.

“In looking for a partner, we wanted an A-grade provider with first-class facilities with the highest uptimes, stability, redundancy and performance. As one of the largest facilities in Sydney, Equinix emerged as the obvious choice.”

With an increasing number of our customers expanding into global markets, we’re also pleased that partnering with Equinix will allow us to provision services internationally, initially in the US, but also in places like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.”

You can read more about the announcement at CRN.

Super A-Mart consolidates their IT with a $3.6m upgrade

We’re pleased to announce that national furniture retailer Super A-Mart has extended its relationship with Brennan IT, signing a $3.6M, three year contract for a hosted managed service including servers, a national private IP network linking all 40 Super A-Mart sites and a fully managed print service.

Super A-Mart currently has over 50 servers on Brennan IT’s private cloud (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) platform, hosting the company’s business critical systems such as payroll, e-mail, file and print, BI, SharePoint, store rostering and other critical business applications back ended with SQL servers, which they migrated to Brennan IT’s Brisbane data centre in January 2011.

The resigning and contract extension comes after a period of rapid expansion for the retailer which prompted the company to review its IT platform to ensure it had in place a more stable and flexible solution to support its next phase of growth.

Read more about the deal at CIO and ARN. There’s also a great Q&A with Super A-Mart CIO Angela Ryan at CIO.

Views from blog – April

On the Brennan IT blog this month, we’ve examined how businesses can try to think strategically. We’ve also given our thoughts on some simple ways to improve business websites and the problems of jargon in the workplace. Jump on board and let us know what you think!

On his regular SmartCompany.com.au blog, our MD Dave Stevens has looked at how to build an effective intranet while also asking whether your business is best served by a single IT provider.

Follow Dave here, and stay in the loop by connecting with us on Twitter.