ChannelLife New Zealand logo
Industry insider news for New Zealand's technology resellers
Story image

vGRID and HPE team to deliver enterprise quality disaster recovery to SMEs

By Heather Wright
Mon 3 Jul 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

As Information Technology (IT) becomes increasingly interwoven into business processes, the importance of disaster recovery increases – afterall, if your IT stops, part of your business also stops. But disaster recovery can be complex, resource intensive and expensive for small and medium businesses.

Enter cloud computing, and the disaster recovery conversation changes.

Bruce Trevarthen, LayerX Group chief executive, says cloud is enabling a high level of resilience in a more financially viable and less complex manner.

“Historically companies required a second set of physical infrastructure plus software and network connectivity between the two sites.

 “It can be quite difficult, quite costly and time consuming, and architecturally a bit of a challenge,” he says.

Skip forward to the current day, and cloud offerings such as vGRID are enabling businesses both small and large, to access easier – one-click, or set and forget – backup and disaster recovery.

vGRID is a Kiwi owned and operated cloud services platform, designed for the small and medium business market by Waikato-based LayerX, and distributed locally by exeed.

The company, which has 1800 customers, offers a full spectrum of cloud services from a single mailbox to a complex setup of virtual and dedicated servers, desktops and phone systems, via its purpose built, locally hosted, cloud platform.

vGRID utilises Veeam for its backup and replication product set.  “With the Veeam product sets, you can replicate your data from onsite to the vGRID platform literally at the click of a button or through a set-and-forget type approach,” Trevarthen says.

He says once a company’s data is on the vGRID platform there’s another big advantage: “In the event that you have a disaster on site, you can elect to have the remotely stored backups ‘rehydrated’ – or basically bought back online – and you can reinstate your production workloads on a cloud environment.”

While that scenario sees the production environment only in the cloud after a disaster, other vGRID customers are harnessing the company’s platform to get the most out of their on-premises infrastructure assets.

“If a customer owns their own hardware and are running production workloads locally, and they have backups replicated into vGRID, they can simply elect to flip the environments as their hardware comes to end of warranty,” Trevarthen says.

“In this scenario the customer would have the production environment on vGRID and use their out-of-warranty on-premise equipment as backup. That way they can get more out of their assets by maximising what they’re using it for and keeping production always on the newer equipment – which in this case is cloud.”

The vGRID platform is ‘wall to wall Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)’, Trevarthen notes. It was one of the first Kiwi companies to deploy the vendor’s 3PAR storage offering, back in 2011 and, more recently, the first to deploy HPE Synergy, the world’s first platform architected for composable infrastructure.

“HPE 3PAR is the world’s leading zero downtime SAN, a rock solid core for our customer data and it means we can go to market and make big promises regarding reliability and performance,” Trevarthen says.

“And we’re now running HPE Synergy, which means we’re more agile and can bring on compute resources automatically.”

HPE Synergy enables automatic redeployment of compute power across the vGRID platforms. In the event one of the vGRID platforms is seeing high demand, HPE Synergy automatically looks across all of the vGRID environments and takes compute nodes from under-utilised environments and repurposes it for the busy environment.

Trevarthen says HPE Synergy is allowing vGRID to practice what it preaches. The company has long advocated for customers to go virtual, go cloud and maximise the value of their consumption.

“With HPE Synergy we can achieve that ourselves because it gives us the ability to shift our own resource pooling in behind what the customer needs dynamically, to accommodate their expectations,” he says.

Trevarthen is adamant there’s no reason small and medium sized businesses can’t benefit from the same level of resilience and performance that enterprises enjoy.

“That’s why vGRID exists. It’s to take that very large, high performing, highly resilient environment, wrap smart software around it so we’ve got good security and deliver that capability out to the New Zealand small business market – everything from one person to a large enterprise business.

“That’s what it’s all about – delivering enterprise capability to the rest of New Zealand so they’re not disadvantaged, because there’s no reason why small business needs to be disadvantaged.”

To discuss your businesses disaster recovery and business continuity measures click here or phone 0800 425 383.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Bitdefender, Cohesity, Fortinet & MODIFI
We round up all job appointments from June 27-30, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Financial results
Margins & revenues up at New Zealand arm of Acer Computer
We look at the local financial statements of Taiwanese manufacturer Acer Computer Inc.
Story image
Evonik relies on Getac F110 tablet to control autonomous robot
The aim of the project is to evaluate the practicality of an automated robotic maintenance and inspection solution in the chemical industry.
Story image
Hands-on review: Phillips Hue starter kit
The set-up was one of the simplest I have ever had to do. It is also where the products shine. I was able to connect the bridge, the three lightbulbs and the strip within 10 min.
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
HPE GreenLake advances hybrid cloud experience with new services
"The innovations unveiled today further build on our vision to provide the market with an unmatched platform to spur innovation and drive transformation.”
Story image
WatchGuard Technologies
Ransomware volume doubled 2021 total by end of Q1 2022
Ransomware detections in the first quarter of this year doubled the total volume reported for 2021, according to a new report. 
Story image
Great Resignation
New SAP study uncovers impact of 'the great resignation'
Coined in 2021, the phrase 'the great resignation' refers to millions of employees globally leaving their jobs. The phenomenon is real and impacting SMEs.
Story image
Cyber Criminal
Identity and access: the fight is on
Blue team defenders are used to protecting our data, applications, and users with access controls and other security mechanisms, which is why attacks like this are especially challenging when they target identity and access control systems.
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
Advent One acquires Layer 8 Networks, complements hybrid cloud offering
The acquisition comes at a time of surging demand in hybrid cloud, network virtualisation and network security.
Story image
Zscaler launches co-located data centres in Canberra and Auckland
The investment will offer public and private sector enterprises greater resilience in support of their zero trust cybersecurity posture.
Story image
Email threats spike 101%, remains a top attack vector
"Each year we see innovation in the threat landscape, but each year email remains a major threat to organisations."
Story image
ASI Solutions named finalist of Microsoft Surface Partner of the Year
"ASI Solutions has a strong Microsoft focus, building value by helping customers maximise investment in modern workplace solutions."
Story image
Monitors are an excellent incentive for getting employees back
The pandemic has taught us that hybrid working is a lot easier than we would’ve thought, so how can the office be made to feel as comfortable as home? The answer could be staring you in the face right now.
Story image
Mergers and Acquisitions
SAS acquires Kamakura to propel risk technology innovation
Underscoring SAS growth in the domain-specific solutions space, the acquisition will enable SAS to greatly enhance the breadth of its risk solutions portfolio. 
Story image
Hands-on review: 16GB PNY XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X 3600MHz DDR4
PNY sent over its 16GB XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X 3600MHz CL16 DDR4 module kit for testing. The kit contains two 8GB dual-channel modules with RGB lighting.
Story image
Unknown connections: How safe is public WiFi in Aotearoa?
If it's not your own household WiFi, then who has control of your data and is your connection actually safe?
Story image
How to achieve your monthly recurring revenue goals
Monthly recurring revenue (MRR) is the ultimate goal, the most important issue on which anyone in the IT channel should focus.
Story image
NOWPayments launches new service to analyse cryptocurrency fees
NOWPayments has launched a new network fee optimisation solution that analyses current network fees and picks the most profitable option out of the client's payout wallets.
Story image
Blasé attitudes to cybersecurity by business a national risk
The largely unregulated state of cybersecurity in NZ, and consequential ambivalence of most businesses, risk hurting the country's trading prospects.
Story image
Zero trust security adoption rises 27% in just two years
A survey of WAN managers has revealed that multi-factor authentication and single sign-on are the top zero trust features implemented.
Story image
Data crucial to capture shoppers' wallets post-COVID
First-party data strategies key to driving personalisation, customer satisfaction, and long-lasting relationships according to a new report.
Story image
Oracle Cloud
Commvault, Oracle to deliver Metallic Data Management as a Service
"We are excited to partner with Commvault and enable our customers to restore and recover their most mission-critical cloud data."
Story image
New Relic
New Relic looks to observability market with new partner programme
New Relic has announced the availability of New Relic Partner Stack, an enhanced programme expanding New Relic’s commitment to partners.
Story image
Public Cloud
Public cloud services revenues top $400 billion in 2021
"For the next several years, leading cloud providers will play a critical role in helping enterprises navigate the current storms of disruption."
Story image
TO THE NEW unveils A/NZ Managed Services for Microsoft Azure
TO THE NEW has released Managed Services for Microsoft Azure to meet the growing demand in the A/NZ market and globally.
Story image
Hybrid workforce
Why hybrid working is here to stay and how to ace it
Citrix's new report reveals hybrid workers are more productive and engaged at work than their office and completely remote counterparts.
Story image
HP Inc
Firmware attacks significant threat in age of hybrid work
Changing workforce dynamics are creating new challenges for IT teams around firmware security, according to new research.
Story image
Enable launches free Wi-Fi in Christchurch city centre
Fibre broadband provider, Enable, and the Christchurch City Council have launched their new Christchurch Free Wi-Fi service in the central city. 
Story image
Web Development
Whitecliffe fosters careers for the future of tech
Do you want a career in Information Technology, Networking, Web Development, Software Development, or are you looking to upskill?
Story image
Internet of Things
ManageEngine wins big in IDC MarketScape assessment
ManageEngine's Endpoint Central service has been recognised as a leader by IDC MarketScape in several categories including Internet of Things device deployments and UEM software for SMEs.
Story image
The best ways to attract young talent during labour shortages
New research from Citrix reveals hybrid working and ventures into the metaverse are top of mind for Gen Z workers.
Story image
How TruSens air purifiers can create healthier workspaces
The pandemic has heightened our awareness of our own and others’ health, and made us all much more conscious of the environments we work in.
Story image
Honeywell launches new carbon energy management software for buildings
The new Carbon & Energy Management service allows building owners to track and optimise energy performance against carbon reduction goals, down to a device or asset level.
Story image
Cloudian, Vertica to deliver on-premise data warehouse platform
"We’re enabling our customers to capitalise on a leading object storage platform and maximise the value of their digital assets.”
Story image
Dark web
Cybercrime in Aotearoa: How does New Zealand law define it?
‘Cybercrime’ is a term we hear all the time, but what exactly is it, and how does New Zealand define it in legal terms?
Story image
SAS wins Microsoft ISV 2022 Partner of the Year award
"We formed the SAS and Microsoft strategic partnership with a shared goal of making it easier for customers to drive better decisions in the cloud."
Story image
Vulnerable APIs costing businesses billions every year
Large companies are particularly vulnerable to the security risks associated with exposed or unprotected APIs as they accelerate digital transformation.  
Story image
FIDO Alliance releases guidelines for optimising UX with FIDO Security Keys
The new guidelines aim to accelerate multi-factor authentication deployment and adoption with FIDO security keys.
Story image
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure expands distributed cloud services
“Distributed cloud is the next evolution of cloud computing, and provides customers with more flexibility and control in how they deploy cloud resources."
Story image
Airwallex launches global payment services in New Zealand
The launch will enable businesses in New Zealand to tap into Airwallex's global payments services, offering an alternative to traditional banks.
Story image
Why is NZ lagging behind the world in cybersecurity?
A recent report by TUANZ has revealed that we are ranked 56th in the world when it comes to cybersecurity - a look into why we're so behind and what needs to be done.
Story image
Datacom announces revenue of $1.45 billion, fall in profit
Growing market pressures and border closures saw Datacom place increased focus on talent development initiatives for both existing and future employees.
Story image
Digital innovation could shape the future of NZ - Microsoft
With cloud technologies available to more people around the world than ever before, it is not only businesses who will benefit from using them.
Story image
Hands-on review – CleanMyMac X utility for macOS
We get hands-on with a useful utility that macOS users never thought they needed but probably do.