Nutanix wins another Kiwi site following TeamTalk's "Project Bedrock"

Nutanix wins another Kiwi site following TeamTalk's "Project Bedrock"

New threat advisory board announced to identify and manage potential security issues

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Niche telco and digital radio network operator TeamTalk has upgraded its IT platforms, deploying hyper-converged infrastructure from Nutanix.

The NZX-listed company's annual report, released today, said its corporate servers were all upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft’s Server operating system and security was also hardened.

"The internal operations and ICT teams reviewed the platforms that were in place and designed a virtualised solution based upon the Nutanix system as used by several Fortune 500 companies," TeamTalk CEO Andrew Miller wrote.

Dubbed "Project Bedrock", the new system dynamically allocates processing resources across the TeamTalk server farm ensuring processing power is available as required while lowering the total cost of ownership.

"The Nutanix platform is very much aligned to TeamTalk’s values of security, resilience and performance," Miller said.

Project Bedrock was established to procure and deploy two Nutanix chassis and to migrate TeamTalk's 200 servers to the new technology - the project has been operating since February 2018 and is on target to be completed by the end of 2018.

"To date, over half of the server fleet has been migrated," Miller said.

Andrew Miller (TeamTalk)Credit: TeamTalk
Andrew Miller (TeamTalk)

Once all virtual servers have been migrated, the second chassis will be moved to one of TeamTalk’s Auckland based data centres offering geographical diversity with hourly replication.

"This will be improved to five-minute replication with the next software release from Nutanix meaning TeamTalk is very well prepared from a disaster recovery/business continuity perspective," Miller said.

The two server chassis deployed have a smaller footprint and consume less power than traditional compute chassis, reducing datacentre costs and carbon emissions.

TeamTalk has also established a threat advisory board to assess and manage any potential threats and implemented processes to prevent risks becoming issues.

"Security is taken very seriously and will continue to improve with smarter firewalls being implemented and a new DMZ being created to further isolate client and corporate traffic," Miller said. "The new hardware and software are backed up with 19 security policies that include acceptable use, password complexity, data encryption and secure disposal procedures."

TeamTalk is also investing in internal systems and processes. 

Andrew Hooker, chief technology officer has multiple workstreams including ensuring the company's service desk is ITIL compliant and operating 24/7. 

"This will enable us to offer a full managed service to our customers, something we are seeing increasing enquiries for, especially as we commence our discussions regarding the important health and safety features that are available with our new digital radio network," Miller said.

Last month, TeamTalk announced a profit of $4.4 million for the year ended 30 June, down from $5.1 million in 2017 as it invested in its digital radio and fibre networks.

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