Intersect has operated supercomputers on behalf of Australian universities since inception. It aggregates HPC demand across research organisations, and has a deep understanding of the mission-critical demands of all forms of computing-as-a-service. Intersect is a key provider of the ARDC National Research Cloud and delivers OpenStack infrastructure, service, support, engineering and consulting to research, science and higher-education sectors. The experience accumulated solving the complex challenges of these demanding, large-scale customers — for example GPU virtualisation, high speed interconnect, machine learning, and containerised applications — uniquely positions Intersect to serve an array of industries from health and medical to financial services, government, supply chain, engineering and more.
Intersect will supply and support Platform9 managed services – Managed OpenStack (for virtualisation), Kubernetes (for containers) and Fission.io (for serverless functions) in Australia and New Zealand with guaranteed SLAs, uptime, quotas, compliance and resource monitoring. Familiar local expert teams that solve national scale problems and high-end parallel software optimisation will augment Platform9’s global service delivery team of technical specialists, engineers and customer support representatives.
Western Sydney University Chief Information and Digital Officer, Kerry Holling, commented: “Western and Intersect have a long history of effective collaboration. Intersect technology and service already underpin the Western Research Cloud which supports the majority of our researchers and their projects. With an increasingly cloudy technical future and the transition to our Atlas cloud for non-research needs, I am excited about the synergies Intersect will deliver with commercial partners like Platform9 into the future.”
“This partnership delivers for Australian and New Zealand customers new and innovative services that dramatically decrease cloud time-to-market while improving efficiency, reducing cost and improving service experience–at scale. It delivers for researchers and large organisations by leveraging commercial technology that is consumed as-a-service freeing up precious capital from unsustainable DIY infrastructure. Lastly, it delivers for Intersect members by building technical bridges and reusability between science, research and industry,” concluded Bailey.