Managed services provider MHA is the only local company of 70 internationally to be accredited under Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider programme.
The programme is the second version of the vendor’s Dynamic Datacentre alliance and includes providers from more than 30 countries.
The providers offer infrastructure as a hosted service built on Windows Server Hyper-V and System Centre, and Dynamic Datacentre toolkit.
Microsoft has said globally nearly 100 more providers will join the 70 already accredited.
MHA director Paul O’Brien says his company hopes to gain competitive advantage from being the first accredited provider here, but has yet to offer the service and will have to wait for cloud awareness to grow locally before it can expect a business boost.
“We will help people as we go to market and as they start to ‘get it’,” he says. “The cloud is only really just coming of age in New Zealand, while in the US it happened a couple of years ago. As it comes of age and when we have the offering we will be inundated.”
MHA has partnered with systems management software specialist and fellow Microsoft partner EMS Cortex, with which it shares a building in Auckland, to offer EMS Cortex’s Virtual Datacentre cloud control panel with which customers can set up and manage their own servers in a Hyper-V environment.
Hyper-V is one of the Microsoft cloud applications Cortex allows virtual datacentre offerings for. Cortex also allows hosting, sale and resale of hosted infrastructure and applications via its web-based control panel.
O’Brien says his company has built up to a commercial infrastructure-as-a-service offering, by first adopting Hyper-V in-house.
“We tried to get VMware going, but it was like speaking Spanish to us. We wanted to virtualise our internal systems, so we were fairly early adopters of Hyper-V.
“When Hyper-V started to warm up it had a big competitor in VMware and a few other players, but we are Microsoft-aligned and our technicians are Microsoft-trained.”