29 September, 2009

Alphawest unveils the first APAC Cisco Unified Computing System C-Series Rack-Mount Server at Cisco Networkers 2009

Cisco Networkers 2009, BRISBANE, Australia, 29 September 2009 – Today Alphawest, a national provider of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus Networks Pty Ltd, demonstrated the first Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-Series Rack-Mount Server in the Asia Pacific Region to attendees at Cisco Networkers 2009. This first public demonstration clearly reinforces Alphawest’s expertise in selling, deploying and supporting Cisco’s new data centre offerings.

The Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers are a further extension of the industry standards-based total cost reduction, and increased business agility that Cisco Unified Computing System offers to customers. Together, the Cisco Unified Computing System offerings address the vast majority of data centre computing requirements enabling customers to recognise increased flexibility and confidence in the Cisco Unified Computing architecture.

This announcement builds on Alphawest’s data centre credentials and expertise including:

  • Becoming the first Australian partner to achieve Cisco Data Centre Unified Computing Authorised Technology Provider status
  • Joining forces with the global Cloud Innovators, VMware and Cisco, to build and deliver feature-rich private enterprise cloud computing solutions for its customers
  • Being the first partner globally to take ownership of the Cisco UCS B-Series platform
  • Continuing to invest and collaborate with Cisco to help customers optimise virtualisation, reduce the total overall cost of the data centre and amplify business results.

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers comprise three models featuring Cisco Unified Computing System innovations such as:

  • Access to unified fabric though a low-latency lossless 10-Gbps Ethernet foundation that enables a "wire-once, configure many" deployment model 
  • Cisco-patented extended memory technology that yields more than 2.5 times the addressable memory of currently available two-socket rack-mount platforms delivering the scalability to run large memory applications
  • Network Adapter [NIC] and Host bus adapter [HBA] consolidation and I/O virtualisation capabilities onto a converged network adapter [CNA] that enable each CNA adapter to define up to 128 Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) or Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs).

Rob Parcell, CEO, Alphawest said, “Alphawest is delighted to be the first partner in the Asia Pacific region to demonstrate the new Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server. This is just one of many steps Alphawest has taken in realigning our data centre practice to develop next generation data centres for our customers that help address complexity, productivity, power and cooling, scalability and agility issues. Our significant investment in skills and resources around Cisco’s world-leading technology helps reinforce our commitment and ability to support customers who are looking to data centre innovation to improve their business.

Dylan Morison, Data Centre Manager for Cisco in Australia and New Zealand said, “Alphawest is a member of a high calibre ecosystem of industry leaders working with Cisco to help customers transform the data centre into a dynamic IT environment with the power to increase productivity, improve efficiency and drive virtualisation to an entirely new level. Alphawest, in conjunction with Optus, already possesses the networking, computing, virtualisation, storage and integrated services practices to help customers successfully make the transition to Unified Computing, as demonstrated by being awarded Cisco Global Service Provider Partner of the Year in 2008.