Ninefold Cloud Storage successfully comes out of public Beta

Sydney, Australia, June 28, 2011 –/– Ninefold, the cloud computing company, today announced that its cloud storage service – the first of its kind in Australia – is now in full production after a highly successful public Beta.

Based on EMC Atmos and launched in March, the massively scalable storage service is fully tested, API accessible and ready to go as the first truly Australian-based equivalent to AWS’ S3 storage service. With genuine ‘swipe and go’ credit card set up and self-managed service for under 10 cents per GB/month, Ninefold Cloud Storage is ideal for businesses of all sizes that want easy and flexible access to storage.

Potential uses might include improving the performance of content-rich websites, secure back-up and business data archives, file sharing for easier collaboration and document control, or remote access to various files and documents.

Throughout the public Beta, Ninefold has received positive feedback from a range of customers with a wide variety of varying needs. This feedback has also led to further enhancements and features which will continue to be rolled out on a regular basis.

Sydney-based cloud business, Saasu, is a rapidly growing small business offering online business accounting software. Saasu recently started using Ninefold’s Australian-based storage to provide a better service for local customers.

“Saasu recognises the need to keep data secure and available while complying with legislative requirements specific to a region. Saasu has added Ninefold cloud storage to our service alongside our primary hosting provider, augmenting our service offering in the cloud,” says Paul Glavich, CTO, Saasu. “Saasu has multiple geographic locations around the world where data is replicated for security and redundancy purposes. Using Ninefold Cloud Storage, we have been able to set up a local server, quickly and cheaply, with which we could also replicate data. This ensures Australian financial data is kept local, and also provides additional levels of redundancy and failover in conjunction with our existing primary provider.”

“In ten minutes it was easy to provision a host within Ninefold. One hour later, and the configuration for replication was complete and data was successfully being replicated to a locally hosted instance. The cost is extremely low, yet the benefits to Saasu and our customers are extensive,” Glavich added.

O2 Networks, an enterprise provider of networking and security consulting services for application delivery networks, is another customer which recently partnered with Ninefold to take advantage of cloud storage. “As the only Riverbed Diamond Partner in Australia, O2 Networks are excited to leverage Ninefold’s cloud storage platform to deliver a local, secure, high performance and cost effective replacement to tape backup. Riverbed’s Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway combined with Ninefold’s Cloud Storage Platform now allows 02 Networks to provide Australian businesses of all sizes with a ‘pay as you grow’ managed solution,” said Euan Prentice, Managing Director, 02 Networks.

Peter James, Managing Director, Ninefold said, “Customers, such as O2 Networks and Saasu, demonstrate how Ninefold cloud storage is especially suitable either as a complete storage or backup solution, or to complement an existing infrastructure for greater performance. Ninefold’s Cloud Storage has the benefits of low latency, fewer data residency issues, rapid scalability and self-managed flexibility – all while remaining highly competitive with the major global providers.”

“Ninefold now offers a full range of production-ready compute and storage services with local support for individuals and micro-businesses right up to large environments, at a competitive price-point to other players,” concluded James.

About Ninefold
Ninefold is Australian cloud computing with locally stored data, local support, self service flexibility and low latency. Launched in early 2011, Ninefold has the full backing of Macquarie Telecom – a major ASX listed company that shared our vision. This backing has allowed us to invest in an infrastructure big enough and powerful enough to really make a difference. Yet despite our big friend and unbelievably massive cloud, we’re still just a small, independent start up – a close team in a Sydney CBD office space working intensely to develop something spectacular.

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