Nutanix, in conjunction with Melbourne IT partner Honeylight Consulting, today announced an expansion of its support services to MiTek Australia with the supply of hyperconverged infrastructure software, hardware and support services.
MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a global supplier of software, engineered products, services and automated manufacturing equipment to the construction industry, with offices in Australia and New Zealand.
The announcement is part of the company’s strategic efforts to drive innovation and develop new services to improve the efficiency and stability for the company.
“We’re focused on investing in the right technology for our business, so we’re in a position to continue to support our customers to the highest standards,” said Daniel Heathershaw, IT Manager – Asia Pacific. “Nutanix is a key part of that strategy. It has simplified our IT operations, given us increased stability, and created a roadmap to hybrid cloud and better services for our customers.”
One solution the company is testing is Nutanix Xi Frame Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), which improves staff mobility and could potentially create new business opportunities in more remote regions.
Nutanix has also improved MiTek’s disaster recovery capabilities, by switching away from its aging tape-based system to a two-way data backup between the company’s primary datacentres in Melbourne and Sydney. This has enabled MiTek to minimise downtime in the event of an outage – reducing costs and potential reputational damage.
A key factor in choosing Nutanix, according to MiTek, was the need for a cloud-like environment, while retaining control in-house, with a view to developing a full hybrid cloud environment over time.
“There’s no doubt that the construction industry is moving to the cloud, but we needed a solution that would bring the cloud to us so we could maintain control,” said Heathershaw. “Public cloud wasn’t a workable option as costs easily spiral upwards and we required data to be kept within our own network to protect our proprietary software and meet our compliance requirements. Nutanix provides this immediately and paves the way to hybrid cloud over time.”
Simplicity was another key driver for MiTek – the company has a small, generalist IT team and avoids technology vendors that require complex maintenance, excessive third-party involvement or hiring expensive specialist IT personnel. Following the success in Australia, the company is now looking at bringing Nutanix into its New Zealand business and adopting its AHV hypervisor.
“MiTek is the epitome of a modern, lean, IT department focused on innovation and increasing value for the business and its customers,” said Neville Vincent, VP South Asia Pacific, Nutanix.
“These are challenging times for the Australian construction sector, but early investment in the right technologies can ready companies to prevail in good times and bad. The construction industry has often been slow to adopt new technology and taken a ‘you first’ approach. MiTek is not accepting this status quo. Its executive team recognise the power of modern IT infrastructure to help stay relevant now while redefining its business for tomorrow.”
Last November, Nutanix opened a new flagship Sydney office on the back of growth, particularly with large enterprise and government customers.