Microsoft NZ selects Revera to offer communication
24 July 2012
Microsoft New Zealand selects Revera to offer communication and collaboration offerings via the cloud
Private cloud services for enterprises and governments
Microsoft has selected Revera as the first local provider to spearhead a cloud solution for enterprise and government customers built upon Microsoft’s business productivity technologies in New Zealand, leveraging its intellectual property, processes and best practices from its global cloud consulting services organisation. Revera’s hybrid cloud service, called Homeland™ Collaboration, provides customers with the ability to meet their productivity service needs through a combination of Revera’s private cloud and Microsoft’s public cloud solutions.
Paul Muckleston, Microsoft New Zealand’s Managing Director said “Revera’s Homeland™ Collaboration services will bring a hybrid capability to New Zealand that is integral to Microsoft’s cloud strategy. As part of a global initiative to provide in-country communications and collaboration services, we evaluated our local market and partner eco-system which resulted in Microsoft selecting Revera to work in conjunction with our global consulting services organisation as the first such partner for the New Zealand market.
Muckleston said “Revera has been a strong Microsoft partner for many years and was an early adopter of Microsoft System Center and Windows Server with Hyper-V. They have the right experience and skills and their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability is mature and proven.”
Laura Ipsen, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, recently visited New Zealand to discuss ICT strategies and challenges with New Zealand government agencies. “New Zealand enterprises will benefit from Revera’s Homeland™ Collaboration offering that’s designed to provide customers the flexibility to choose a Microsoft-based cloud solution that meets their own specialised productivity needs, whether in a private, public or hybrid cloud environment,” she said.
Revera general manager Robin Cockayne said “Homeland™ Collaboration is geared to organisations seeking a sovereign-safe cloud computing environment for essential business services and communication. Revera is pleased to be part of small number of partners selected globally to work with Microsoft’s consulting services organisation to achieve architectural best practices in building cloud collaboration services. Revera is building a three year roadmap for enterprise worthy hybrid cloud services which will include Microsoft’s soon to be released new versions of Office 2013, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013.
Cockayne said Revera is investing a significant proportion of its innovation budget in Homeland™ Collaboration and expected to launch a service portal, with beta clients, within months. He said Microsoft’s business productivity software complemented Revera’s on-going services catalogue innovation programme and is a powerful hybrid solution for the NZ market’s consideration.
The partnership with Microsoft builds on Revera’s experience in hosted applications that stretches back to 2002, and hosted infrastructure since its inception. Revera is one of the first in New Zealand to deploy a multi-tenanted business productivity platform built with Microsoft software, and was one of eight global partners in 2007 to participate in the Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V rapid deployment programme. In 2007 Revera rolled out Microsoft System Center to manage its Homeland™ services platforms and provides of Hyper-V virtual machines to clients.
Revera’s hybrid cloud service, Homeland™ Collaboration, is built on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center 2012, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, and Microsoft Lync 2010.
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