Announcement builds on successful three-year partnership
TORONTO, April 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Q9 Networks (Q9) announces that it has been selected by CSC to host cloud computing services for Canadian organizations interested in deploying real business applications in the cloud. CSC cloud services, already available in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia, will enable companies and government agencies in Canada to subscribe to infrastructure, software and platform as a service. CSC cloud services are accessible from a Q9 data centre over the web in a secure, rapid and cost-effective manner.
CSC will offer both off premises cloud and on premises private cloud. Off premises, CSC offers its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), CloudCompute™, as multi-tenant leveraged cloud and logically separated dedicated compute and storage. From the same facility, CSC will provide disaster recovery, storage and backup services for the CSC BizCloud™ - the industry's only private cloud, billed as a service and ready for workloads in 10 weeks.
CSC selected Q9's state-of-the-art data centres for its Vblock-based cloud architecture because of their proven physical security and high-availability design. This relationship with Q9 will also enable a portfolio of As a Service solutions for collaboration and end user productivity like the CSC Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS).
"Over the last three years, Q9 has proven itself to be a very capable resource for CSC's Canadian operations," says Siki Giunta, Global Vice President for Cloud Computing Services and Software, CSC. "As we expand and globalize our cloud services offering to our Canadian customer base, Q9 will continue to play a key role in delivering the reliability, security and performance that CSC customers require and expect."
Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high density computing devices. Customers connect to the Internet via Q9's unique network and are protected by Q9's 100 percent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and network availability. Customer equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's Control Centre, staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities management.
"We are very committed to extending our relationship with CSC, one of the world's leading providers of IT services," says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. "With the cloud gaining increasing acceptance in the provisioning of IT services, reliability and security are paramount. Q9, with its network of 11 data centres and a comprehensive suite of co-location and managed infrastructure services, is ideally positioned to assist both providers and customers of cloud-based solutions."
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 98,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.0 billion for the 12 months ended December 30, 2011. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.
About Q9 Networks:
Q9 Networks is Canada's leading provider of outsourced data centre infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9's 11 data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA that guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9 services, including: co-location, bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of client infrastructure. Q9 is backed by ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media, communications and information services focused private investment firms in North America, having completed over $21 billion of investments since 1989.
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