New AAPT chief eyes network aggregation, IaaS

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New AAPT chief eyes network aggregation, IaaS

Bundled virtual server product takes off.

Incoming AAPT chief David Yuile has talked up the telco's infrastructure-as-a-service and network aggregation prospects as he prepares to take on the top job from next month.

Yuile will replace Paul Broad who is rumoured to have taken up a public sector role.

Yuile told iTnews today that he was pleased to have been asked to lead the company and that he was focused on "where we can take it".

His current role at the telco had him doing "a lot of things behind the scenes".

"It will be great to take [those initiatives] on from the front," he said.

"We're very focused, we have a clear purpose, and we can really execute well."

Yuile said AAPT had been "working really closely with NBN Co behind the scenes" in recent months, gaining its service provider accreditation.

AAPT planned to act as an "independent aggregator" of telecommunications services from the likes of NBN Co, Telstra and Optus.

He said that AAPT's advantage over some of the NBN aggregators was its access network assets.

"I'm relaxed," he said of the aggregation space. "I think there's a lot of noise in the space that will play out but we'll still be standing [afterwards]."

AAPT was also focused on the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market.

Although a standalone 'Solaris-as-a-service' storage product revealed in March would "take a bit more development" before it was commercially ready, Yuile said the telco had soft-launched virtual server hosting bundles.

"We're getting great traction with early customers on IaaS and I think that part of the business is going to get bigger and better," he said.

"There's a really sweet spot in the market for virtual servers with attached storage and backup.

"We've got customers coming online now. Directionally [for the business], IaaS is absolutely critical".

AAPT wished Broad well "in his future endeavours" in a statement issued today.

There was no word on who would succeed Yuile in the chief operations role.

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