Microsoft in pact with Origina to grow private cloud market

1 Dec 2010

IT services player Origina has forged a new partnership with Microsoft to offer lower-cost and simplified virtualisation solutions in the Irish market.

In particular, the partnership will integrate Origina’s private cloud infrastructure with Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtual servers, resulting in 40pc cost savings in most cases.

Both companies see significant opportunities to grow revenues for server virtualisation in the Irish enterprise space.

This is being fuelled by organisations looking to reduce costs, lower carbon emissions, improve disaster recovery times, and consolidate their existing storage and server requirements.

With Origina’s existing knowledge and footprint in the Irish enterprise market, Microsoft expects Hyper-V to gain further market share. Hyper-V has already gained almost five points of share over the last year in Ireland.

This joint initiative will see Origina and Microsoft target all enterprises in Ireland with more than 25 physical servers.

“Origina has designed and built a unique blueprint for end-to-end server virtualisation, which provides significant cost and service benefits for customers,” said Martin Cullen, director, Small, Medium Business & Partner Group, Microsoft Ireland.

“We believe our new joint offering will be a huge success and will provide a much-needed alternative for Irish enterprises,” Cullen added.

€1m investment in the private cloud

This announcement follows Origina’s recent investment of more than €1m in a private cloud infrastructure which will enable customers to move quickly and seamlessly to a virtualised environment.

Origina will provide a fast and highly efficient consolidation service as businesses opt to virtualise their server environments. Origina will also provide 24 x 7 x 365 proactive management of all new virtualised solutions from its managed service headquarters in Dublin.

Origina and Microsoft Ireland have already proven experience working together in the virtualisation space. Origina recently captured an award at the 2010 European IT Excellence Awards, in recognition of a virtualised solution provided to Lakeland Dairies, one of Ireland’s leading dairy co-ops.

Utilising Microsoft Hyper-V, Origina consolidated 35 physical servers into two virtual servers, with 70pc saving on power and cooling costs, and disaster recovery reduced from five days to less than two hours.

“This is the latest exciting development for Origina as we look to keep investing in our infrastructure and solutions portfolio,” said Tomas O’Leary, managing director, Origina.

“Microsoft is an obvious choice of partner as its virtualisation technology is more dynamic, intuitive and much better value than the alternatives.

“We plan to shake up the Irish enterprise market by continuing to introduce simple, effective and low-cost solutions that will ultimately make life much easier for CIOs and IT directors,” O’Leary promised.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years