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Maclean Takes IBM Cloud Offering to Mid-Market

Maclean Takes IBM Cloud Offering to Mid-Market

Auckland, New Zealand, 27th May, 2011 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has selected Auckland-based Managed Services Provider (MSP) Maclean to deliver IBM Virtual Server Services (VSS) to the New Zealand mid-sized market.

Maclean will offer VSS together with ‘Enfusion’, its managed IT support service, providing a secure, flexible and affordable hosted computing environment which allows mid-sized companies to take advantage of the financial and operational benefits of cloud computing.

This is the first time IBM and Maclean have partnered to deliver an offering targeted at businesses with up to 500 IT users.

Virtual Server Services allow organisations to increase operational flexibility and reduce IT capital expenditure, while still meeting their on-going security and reliability requirements.

Customers of the new service will benefit by having their data and applications hosted on virtual machines at IBM’s new Auckland data centre and supported by Maclean’s established Service Desk and Enfusion Managed Services.

The virtual servers run Windows or Linux on VMware vSphere, the leading virtualisation technology, using industry-standard IBM System x servers and IBM Enterprise Storage.

“We have a proven track record in managed services, including being named as Kaseya Managed Service Provider of the year for Australasia. This experience, combined with enterprise level infrastructure from IBM’s new data centre, creates a powerful combination for the mid-market,” says Maclean CEO, Chris Maclean. “Customers are already talking with us about their plans to migrate to the IBM data centre, from website hosting to managing customer databases, online back-up and disaster recovery.”

“Our New Zealand partner community play a critical role in delivering our cloud-based solutions such as VSS to the local market,” says Paul Douglas, Technology Services Business Manager, IBM NZ. “By combining VSS with personalised IT support and advice from Maclean, organisations that lack a large internal IT team can access the benefits of cloud computing.”

Under the agreement, IBM will also provide Maclean with pre-sales and marketing support.

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