Cloud Services

  • STROBE Cloud … 100% owned, built and operated by us

  • Anything as a Service (XaaS)

  • Cloud Servers & Hosting

  • Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud Services

  • High Availability Compute Clusters

  • Managed Cloud & Cloud Migration Services

Why STROBE as your Cloud Provider?
Cloud Services
Cloud Computing Models
Anything as a Service (XaaS)
Cloud Servers & Hosting
Managed Cloud Services

Why use STROBE as your Cloud Service Provider?

Cost reduction … no investment in IT hardware & reduced labour to maintain onsite Infrastructure

Flexibility … no contracts, no minimum terms, unlimited data traffic, root access, highly customisable pay as you go computing
Scalability … we’ve got tons of capacity, only pay for the compute specifications you require & scale up as demand increases
Cost effective … we have a significantly cheaper cost base than the large Cloud providers & our Cloud stack is 100% Open Source … this is reflected in our cheaper price point. No charges for Server builds, configuration or migrations
Performance … enterprise class performance & rock solid stability
Availability … High Availability Clusters, fault tolerant Infrastructure delivering 99.95% uptime
Superior security … our advanced Cloud security features will safeguard your applications & data
Amazing support … optional expert management, immediate assistance, 24/7 advanced monitoring &  support

Control … we’re not middle-men selling someone else’s Cloud, the services we provide are 100% proudly owned, built & operated by us

One-Stop … all your Cloud Services from one provider … one single point of contact, ownership & accountability, XaaS, Cloud Servers & Hosting with plenty of Cloud management & migration expertise

STROBE provide innovative, ultra-fast, scalable Cloud solutions with flexible, cost effective pricing

Cloud Services

Anything as a Service (XaaS)

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)

  • Backups as a Service (BaaS)

  • Containers as a Service (CaaS)

  • Storage as a Service (StaaS)

  • VPN as a Service (VPNaaS)

  • Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Cloud Servers & Hosting

  • Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

  • Cloud PBX & VoIP Services

  • Web Hosting

  • Dedicated Bare Metal Cloud Servers

  • Shared Cloud Servers

  • Email Hosting

Managed Cloud Services

  • Cloud Transformation Strategy

  • Cloud Architecture & Modernisation

  • Cloud Management & Governance

  • Private Cloud Design & Management

  • Cloud Integration & Migration

  • Cloud Security & Compliance

  • Virtualisation Management

  • Cloud Connectivity Management

Cloud Computing Models … Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud

Public Cloud – Key Features

    • The most common model where services are publicly available and delivered over the Internet
    • Multi tenanted Cloud Infrastructure
    • Subscription based, predictable pricing
    • High performance, reliability, availability & scalability
    • STROBE managed Cloud environment & backups
    • Tailored Security hardening
    • Partial or fully managed Cloud Services available

Public Cloud – Key Benefits

    • Eliminates capital investment on IT Infrastructure … lower TCO
    • Reduces IT complexity & in-house resourcing
    • Demand based sizing with scalability on demand ensures optimal asset utilisation … only pay for what you need and increase or decrease as required
    • Enterprise class hardware & computing performance
    • Customisable solutions to fit all business sizes & challenges

Private Cloud – Key Features

    • Dedicated single tenant Cloud environment designed to your business requirements … can be housed on premises or offsite Datacentre
    • Offsite services are delivered from the same secure Tier3 Datacentres as our Public Cloud services but the Infrastructure is isolated & not shared
    • Secure private networks & tailored security
    • STROBE and / or customer managed Cloud environment with managed backups included
    • High performance, reliability, availability & scalability

Private Cloud – Key Benefits

    • Highest Security levels of the Cloud models … being dedicated & isolated with secure connectivity provides the optimum Cloud Security
    • Dedicated computing resources for higher demand workloads & capacity requirements
    • Increased controls & visibility of the Cloud environment, performance & services
    • Reduces IT complexity & in-house resourcing

Hybrid Cloud – Key Features

    • A blend of the best Public & Private Cloud features
    • A Hybrid approach is most effective when integrating bare metal servers for dedicated performance & security along with the scalability of Public Cloud & the flexibility & controls of Private Cloud
    • Suitable for businesses with specific regulatory or privacy compliance requirements that must run on Private Cloud but some less sensitive workloads are approved for Public Cloud
    • Increased complexity & integration requirements requires specialist resources
    • Tailored Security hardening applied to the Private Cloud sector with less custom Security options available for the Public Cloud sector

Hybrid Cloud – Key Benefits

    • Caters for spikes in compute requirements when additional capacity or performance is required
    • Presented as a unified single Cloud environment simplifying manageability
    • Highest level of flexibility & options for running your services … run workloads in Public Cloud, burst into Public Cloud when required or isolate high sensitivity workloads permanently on Private Cloud
    • Inherently more secure that Public Cloud with the option to ring-fence services & dedicate them to the increased security of Private Cloud

Don’t get bogged down trying to determine which model might be the best fit for your business or Cloud migration … it’s our role to provide that recommendation

These Cloud environments can be self-managed or STROBE can provide full or part management as required

Public Cloud

Private Cloud

Hybrid Cloud

Scalable on demand
Most cost effective
Usage based predictable costs
No ongoing Capex
Least technical complexity
Highest reliability & availability
Most optimal asset & compute resource utilisation
High performance
Highly secure
Managed backups included
Managed Cloud Services available
Dedicated hardware / single tenant
Greatest flexibility & customisations
Most customisable Security
Most data control & Cloud environment visibility
Highest workload flexibility

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

We provide a highly reliable, highly available, high performance Infrastructure stack which is the foundation from which all our XaaS and Cloud hosting is delivered

Servers, Networks, Storage, Virtualisation, Databases, Security, Backups, Datacentre facilities are bundled into 1 simple service called IaaS

Reduce capital and operational cost while enabling IT productivity and correct sizing of your IT Infrastructure. Avoid the unnecessary costs of underutilised servers and over-specified capacity … only pay for what you need, when you need it and scale on demand should you require additional compute resource

IaaS management options include self-managed, part managed or fully managed and there are no contracts or minimum terms

    Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Includes all of the above IaaS services but with a focus around development and middleware

The customer focuses on developing their business applications without the cost of purchasing hardware, software licenses or having to manage the underlying Infrastructure, middleware or development toolsets

PaaS provides a platform for developing and managing applications

We use leading LXC and Docker solutions on top of our tech stack to provide our PaaS service. Combining our Cloud IaaS to provide all the compute, storage, middleware, databases and runtime you need to develop and host your applications

     Containers as a Service (CaaS)

If you’re not familiar with Containerisation then we’ll happily provide a recommendation if Containers are a good fit for your applications compared to a VPS

There are different use cases for VPS vs Containers and given Virtualisation and Containers are complementary (as opposed to competing technologies) it’s prudent to review what fits best for your requirements. To muddy the waters even further we also provision Containers inside VM’s where it makes sense

Containerised applications share the operating system kernel with the other containers. They are typically lightweight, requiring minimal compute resource and because they don’t have their own OS they’re very fast to load

Containers are highly portable and offer the best density on a hardware to application ratio … this delivers great scalability and ensures they’re a viable proposition particularly with application development. They are quick to deploy and their small footprint means they’re a cost effective alternative to a dedicated VPS

Just as Virtualisation demonstrated that you don’t require an entire Server to run a single application, Containers demonstrate you don’t have to run an entire Operating System for each application

    Backups as a Service (BaaS)

Server customers receive daily managed backups with optional custom retention periods … however, if you’re not a server customer you can still utilise our Cloud Backup (BaaS) offering with your own customised scheduling and backup retention periods

Our BaaS service can backup any data from anywhere and it does so efficiently behind the scenes without over utilising your Network / Internet bandwidth

Data restores are conducted periodically to ensure your data is recoverable whenever you require it and backup data is replicated to a 2nd offsite location to ensure your data always resides in 2 physical datacentre locations

All data resides in New Zealand so restores are low latency and you don’t have to concern yourself with any data sovereignty compliance issues

Managing backups is an arduous, time consuming effort to get right … offload your backup maintenance and management to us and eliminate the operational overhead of managing your own backups

We typically see businesses fall into 1 of the following 3 categories regarding backups

1) They do not have any backups … they’re aware they should but don’t know where to start

2) They do have backups but they’re not monitored, not confident that all relevant data is being backed up, no-one is familiar with the scheduling or how long their backups are retained for

3) Backups are being managed in-house but the customer never does test restores or the customer has previously had a requirement to restore data but that restore process was unsuccessful

Data residing on our Backup clusters is highly available with enterprise class redundancy to protect against hardware failures

Backups are the 1st step in any disaster recovery strategy … we can ensure you sleep well with the knowledge that your data is available to be restored if required

    Storage as a Service (StaaS)

As a storage service provider we provide Cloud based Storage as a Service for Block, Object and File storage

A customer rents storage space on a pay as you go basis saving the capital expense of deploying storage arrays and avoiding the operational management of those storage solutions

Data transfers are unlimited and you only pay or what you use (per GB)

We provide a platform to access your stored data whenever you need to … whether your data be on hot, warm or cold storage, it’s always secure and available when you need it to be

Our Enterprise class storage clusters are resilient to any hardware failures, they’re monitored 24/7 and we manage the Infrastructure to ensure excellent performance for Read / Write / Latency & IOPS

Enquire today about how our Storage as a Service can mitigate your disaster recovery risks & save your capital investment

VPN as a Service (VPNaaS)

Secure your business communications with our Cloud VPN service

VPNaaS is a very cost effective way to provide peace of mind with encrypted, secure connectivity for your business locations

VPNaaS routing, authentication, tunnelling, VPN protocols and end to end connectivity are managed and monitored 24/7

Client based VPN’s are also catered for to provide secure remote access to your business LAN or Cloud applications

Cloud Servers & Hosting

As well as our Anything as a Services (XaaS) offerings we provide the following Cloud Servers and Hosting services

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Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

Cloud PBX & VoIP

Web Hosting

Dedicated Bare Metal Cloud Servers

Shared Cloud Servers

Email Hosting

Managed Cloud Services

Already engaged in Cloud Services and require some assistance? It makes sense that as a Cloud Services Provider we also offer management of other Cloud services, not just our own

We can provide partial or full management of your existing Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud services including expert consultancy on how to get the best experience and optimised performance from your Cloud provider

Migrating your on premise IT to a Cloud service can be a daunting prospect … its certainly no easy task but with the right migration ownership the transition can be a lot less painful that you’d imagine. Each migration is thoroughly planned and project managed to provide the most non-disruptive experience as possible

We’ve been doing this for a fair few years now … we’ve built and maintain our own Cloud and we provide Cloud support and guidance on a daily basis. This hands on experience ensures we’re well placed to support your Cloud solutions … from migration of your first Cloud service to Infrastructure management to Multi Cloud performance optimisation

We have specialist expertise with OpenStack, Proxmox, CloudStack, Ceph, Hyper Converged Infrastructure, KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, VMware & XenServer

If you’ve got your own Cloud services with AWS, Azure or Google then we’re pretty handy with those environments as well

FAQ’s

We’re small enough to offer that personal touch, immediate responsiveness and local NZ based support. Our support engineers are also the ones who would have deployed your service so they have an intricate knowledge. Being NZ based provides performance and low latency benefits you simply can’t achieve with offshore public cloud services … lastly we’re super easy to do business with and agile enough to provide custom solutions

A Public Cloud is provided by a 3rd party Cloud Services provider – like us. It is used by general public businesses. This is the most common Cloud adoption

A Private Cloud is provided by a business for their own internal, private use … example being a traditional onsite premises datacentre or IT comms room. A private Cloud can also be externally hosted at a remote Datacentre or with us for example. This is the least most common Cloud adoption

A Hybrid Cloud is a blend of Public and Private Clouds … both remote Datacentre and on premises combining to create a mix of both 3rd party provider and internal, private use. This is gaining in popularity but nowhere near as popular as Public Cloud option

Our feasibility assessment would provide recommendations on which model best suits your business and IT requirements

Fair enough, it is a fundamental shift from the traditional approach to IT and computing and frankly it’s a new IT offering that requires training. You need to partner with a provider who will manage your Cloud migration for you and that starts with a feasibility assessment. We bring your IT staff along on the journey, they’ll learn a lot as each new Cloud deployment requires a formal migration project depending on the scale

Common concern but what we find is (a) onsite local servers are very rarely secure, and (b) customers new Cloud Servers are built with custom Security hardening so they’re in fact way better off from a Security standpoint. This is a recurring theme, we’d be happy to discuss this in more detail and describe the Security options available on a new Cloud service

Absolutely, as a minimum all customers’ services are monitored and we manage the Hardware, Networks, Internet Services, Storage, Backups and Datacentre environment. In addition to that we can provide partial or full management of your Servers, the Operating Systems, Databases, Application support, Security, Migrations, Patching. For only a small monthly charge you can bundle the management responsibilities with us. Contact us to discuss a tailored management package – they’re super cost effective and frees up valuable time and resources

No, far from it. Several NZ based IT providers tout Cloud Services as Office 365 … this is wrong. The range of our Cloud Services offering includes: Physical, Virtual & Container Servers, Cloud hosted applications, test, development and database platforms, PBX & Enterprise VoIP, Cloud Backups, Cloud hosted VPN, Web and Email hosting, Cloud Firewalls, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Cloud Security Vulnerability scanning, Cloud storage, Cloud Disaster Recovery and obviously all the Networking, Security and high availability cluster resources

Office 365 is a Microsoft service – yes is can be described as a Cloud Service … but NZ IT providers are simply managing that service on customers behalf and as you can see from above there is a lot more to Cloud than Office

Sure. We offer all types of trials for those who aren’t quite certain and want that quality assurance. From VoIP to VPS, we encourage a trial period if you’re a potential new Cloud customer

One monthly invoice, one all-inclusive fixed charge. No surprises so it’s perfect for low, predictable cost of ownership and Opex management. The fixed charge includes unlimited Internet data usage, power and all datacentre facilities

No contracts, no minimum terms. Come and go as you please without being locked in. In fact this is exactly how some customers use our Cloud Services … on top of their existing services they’ll buy some test / dev Compute for a specific project and repeat the cycle when required

Public Internet circuits into the Datacentres are all Gigabit so no problem on our side. Its highly likely you wouldn’t even need to upgrade Internet bandwidth on your side but we’d review that for you. We’re also an ISP and offer all types of Internet links, the best Cloud Services performance you’re going to get will be on-net with us as our Internet Service Provider … that ensures direct hops to the Datacentre, simplifies routing and provides end to end visibility and manageability

For sure, no problem to deploy site-to-site VPN’s … we even host our own VPNaaS servers if you’d like to use those

Correct, it is but we don’t provide any SaaS applications … that are just not our core business. Example: Xero is a SaaS provider whereas we’d host your line of business applications

Service Portfolio       

Multiple Services, 1 Service Provider … how can we help you today?

Servers

Run your business apps and IT services from our VPS, Dedicated or Container Servers. Host your Servers on best of breed Hypervisor, Storage & High Availability Server Infrastructure. Cost effective, custom specifications and scalable on demand

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HA Clusters

All compute services are delivered from our own High Availability clusters in Auckland. Our HA clusters are built for availability, reliability, scalability and performance. Our Infrastructure is 100% owned, built and operated by us

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Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Test, Dev, Pre-Prod, Staging, UAT, QA … whatever your phase of the development lifecycle host your apps on our Platform as a Service (PaaS) and / or Database as a Service (DBaaS) Clusters. Focus on development without having to manage the underlying Infrastructure and middleware

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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Cost effective, high availability, scalable Infrastructure on demand. Our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering eliminates capital investment and operational overhead, is fully customisable and super secure with amazing performance

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Containers

Containers are highly portable and offer the best density on a hardware to application ratio … this delivers great scalability and ensures they’re a viable proposition particularly with application development

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Storage as a Service (StaaS)

Enterprise Block, Object & File Storage built on high performance fault tolerant Storage clusters for your Servers, Databases and everyday business Storage requirements

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IT Managed Services & Operations Management

STROBE’s proactive IT Managed Services provides fixed cost, guaranteed resource availability and “all you can eat” IT management with unlimited scope options – reach out to STROBE, your experts for IT Managed Services

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Strategic Management

Owners of your IT leadership and strategic management. Valued partners for solution architecture design, service delivery, IT cost out opportunities and overall strategic direction 

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About Us

Check out a bit about who we are and what we care about, our values, technologies and datacentres

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Consultancy & Project Management

IT Consulting, Project and Programme Management expertise for your next IT project. Also offering consultancy for LEAN Six Sigma, IT licensing, auditing, PCI and IT industry compliance 

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IT Operations & Support

For all your IT operations, systems administration, Infrastructure management, end user client support, maintenance break / fix, systems integration and networking requirements

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Lifecycle Management 

Our IT infrastructure and asset lifecycle programme management includes asset refresh, firmware upgrades, version controls, patching schedules and functionality enhancements for all hardware, software, platforms, appliances and toolsets. Call us today and avoid a situation where your business is hamstrung by legacy systems that haven’t been maintained or upgraded 

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Change Management 

Disciplined, mature IT Change Management eliminates human error which is the number 1 reason for IT failures. Adopt a change control process and avoid unnecessary disruption from failed changes

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Internet Service Provider

Fast, reliable, UFB Fibre Broadband and dedicated, uncontended Business grade Fibre Internet circuits. All links are monitored and include unlimited data, no contracts, no install charge, no shaping and plenty of optional extras

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Managed Networks & Firewalls

Network design, build, integration, monitoring and management services for LAN, WAN, Firewalls, Routers, WiFi, VPN’s, Load balancing, Proxy and Content Management. Specialist Managed Network service for customers who value performance, traffic optimisation and robust network security

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Wide Area Networks

Multi-site inter-connectivity providing private, dedicated, layer 3 WAN services. Best in class networking performance for your site locations

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VoIP & Cloud PBX

Our Enterprise grade Cloud PBX services offer high performance, amazing quality, secure, reliable Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Super flexible calling and call routing options to suit every business size and Voice requirements 

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Email Hosting

Email services rivalling Office 365 functionality with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern Email solution. Plenty of configuration options from our secure, high availability hosted Email service

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Phone Numbers 

New or existing local, regional or international phone numbers and free-call numbers available with custom phone number selection. Significant cost savings and numerous VoIP end point options available from IP handsets, Softphones, SIP on cell phone and analogue telephone adapters to choose from

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Cyber Security

Check out our Cyber Security offerings and why this is important to your business. Everything from Security and risk assessments, Security breach remediation and vulnerability scanning from perimeter to end points. Chat to us on how we manage, monitor, report & maintain security operations

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Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Still the most secure, cost effective and seamless method for external remote access to internally (or externally) hosted business resources. We provide robust Virtual Private Network as a Service (VPNaaS) gateways providing secure, encrypted VPN tunnels for always on site-to-site VPN’s or on demand client based VPN access

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SSL Certificates

A must have for any website. Protect your website, improve customer perception and increase customer visitation with SSL encryption. Get yourself a cost effective certificate today 

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Network & Perimeter Security

Network security is a vital component of your overall Cyber Security posture. Not just Internet and perimeter but internal Local Area Networks (LAN’s) … have a chat to us about our Managed Firewall and Managed Networks & Security services to safeguard your IT assets, data and intellectual property

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Web Design & Development 

Custom website design and development including mobile responsive and eCommerce built on modern Open Source PHP frameworks with Content Management Systems (CMS). Also offering Website performance optimisation, repairs, maintenance, security, CMS training and cosmetic content changes

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Web Hosting 

World class, high performance Web Hosting on our High Availability Cluster with industry leading cPanel or Plesk control panel options. Flexible, cost effective, managed or unmanaged hosting plans to choose from with plenty of bundled extras

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Domain Names

A domain name will instantly make your business appear more professional, trustworthy and add credibility. Endless domain name extensions to choose from. Domain registration includes unlimited DNS changes and support. Speak to us today about registering your new domain name

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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)

Despite the threat of natural disasters and significant business disruption, BC / DR is something NZ business is yet to fully embrace. We provide IT risk consultancy and BC / DR solutions to ensure your downtime is eliminated or minimised and business operations are restored quickly

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Backups 

Our Cloud Backup as a Service (BaaS) eliminates capital expenditure on backup Infrastructure and avoids the administrative headaches of managing backups. Backup data is housed on our High Availability clusters, is replicated to a secondary Datacentre and all backup solutions receive custom scheduling, custom data retention periods and data restore testing as standard

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