Managed services provider adopts Dell EqualLogic

Secure hosting company manageNET has adopted EqualLogic product to support its move into virtualised hosting.

Sydney managed services and hosting company manageNET has adopted Dell EqualLogic arrays as it seeks to expand its services.

manageNET offers secure hosting, virtualisation and managed security services and boasts clients from the government, financial services and security sectors. The company holds ASIO’s T4 rating, a certification that allows it to be used for applications with national security implications.

The company’s interest in Dell EqualLogic was sparked by a desire to move into virtualised hosting.

“Traditionally, hosting services provide a service of floor space and customers bring their own kit,” explains Tony Delaveris, business development manager at manageNET. “Now technology like virtualisation lets us re-engineer our offering,” with the company now providing its clients with infrastructure-for-hire on a flexible basis, thanks to virtualisation making it easier to create and re-arrange facilities as and when clients require them.

A SAN was an obvious part of such a solution, as it would be far more flexible than direct-attach storage.

manageNET therefore went shopping and settled on the Dell EqualLogic’s PS3900XV product.

“Our engineers selected Dell EqualLogic because they saw it as a great fit for what we are doing,” he says. “Integration with VWmare was key for us. We can continue to add disks and still see a pool of storage.”

Licensing was also an important factor.

“With EqualLogic all licensing costs were included in the up front cost, we had no problems,” Delaveris said.

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