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Global Storage set to scale nationwide with senior sales appointment

Announcement posted by Global Storage (AU) 01 Sep 2021

Global Storage, Australia’s leading provider of IaaS, backup and disaster recovery services across Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, hybrid and private cloud environments, today announced the appointment of James Mackie as Sales Director.

Mackie, an eight-year veteran and Sales Director of NTT, has taken the leap from a corporate environment to a smaller but more focussed business, which he describes as being “in the right place, at the right time to take advantage of current market conditions”. 

Global Storage delivers a comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud services for computing, backup, disaster recovery, storage, and regulatory compliance. Formed in 1997, the business has 50+ staff across branches in Melbourne (head office), Sydney, Brisbane, and satellite offices in the US, and are trusted partners of leading Australian businesses and the Government sector. Mackie takes up his new role in the Sydney office.

Mackie says Global Storage is perfectly positioned for exponential growth given the Australian-wide rush to achieve digital transformation, the worsening cyberthreat landscape, and the hyperscale cloud movement off the back of application modernisation.  

“COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated the need for businesses to transform,” says Mackie. “Organisations are racing to modernise their systems and applications, and find ways to secure, manage, and back up their data. As more data goes online, cybercrime has spiralled. Over the last 18 months, businesses have paid millions upon millions of dollars to release ransomed data. Entire organisations have been crippled as their business systems just stop.” Mackie says hyperscale environments continue to expand as chip shortages effect traditional supply chain, further highlight the need for professionally managed and backed up data services.

The triumvirate of digital transformation, cyberattacks and hyperscale environments creates the perfect opportunity for Global Systems to scale, says Mackie. “Global Storage can help businesses to survive a cyberattack. Their expertise, their ability to quickly restore their customers’ data and systems, can get a business up and running again without having to pay a ransom.”

Although comparatively small, Global Storage has made a significant mark in the cloud services, backup, and disaster recovery services sector. In NetApp’s recent annual Asia-Pacific (APAC) Partner Excellence Awards, they were the only Australian partner to win anything – walking away with the coveted Solution Partner of the Year award for Backup as a Service. They’re also the only Australian partner to hold VMWare DRaaS certification.

David Duncan, CEO of Global Storage, says, “The ability of Global Storage to attract someone of James Mackie’s calibre speaks to our across-the-board investment in the business, and our ability to do what we do - exceptionally well. We specialise in managed cloud solutions for data protection and disaster management, and we’re highly skilled at delivering a repeatable, consistent service. We value our customers’ satisfaction so much that if we can’t deliver on our promise of full systems recovery, we pay them.

“It’s hard to find people of James’ calibre in what’s a relatively small industry. However, James brings skills and experience and a true enthusiasm for what we do, and the proven ability to build strong relationships within a business and with customers. He’s a trusted face in the industry, and we’re delighted to have him drive our ambitious growth plans,” says Duncan. “We know NTT will miss him.”

Mackie’s appointment will enable Global Storage to significantly expand its NSW customer base. “While technology allows you to do business anywhere,” says Duncan, “we believe in the value of having people on the ground. And we know that James is going to be a very welcome face for many.”

“I love that Global Storage is a local business, so their profits remain here, in Australia. They’ve got a unique IP, a great culture, and an exciting vision for the future. I’m keen to be part of that,” says Mackie.