The Instillery expands cloud reach through Vo2 merger

Combined entity to leverage firepower of more than 100 tech specialists

Ross Jenkins (The Instillery) and Mike Jenkins (The Instillery)

Ross Jenkins (The Instillery) and Mike Jenkins (The Instillery)

Credit: The Instillery

The Instillery has joined forces with Vo2 Group in New Zealand, in a merger designed to drive wider adoption of cloud technologies across the country.

Effective 1 June, Reseller News can reveal that the combined entity will work under The Instillery brand, with offices in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay.

Leveraging the firepower of more than 100 technology specialists, the company will have combined revenues exceeding $20 million, in a business spearheaded by Mike Jenkins as founder and director of The Instillery.

The newly established board of directors will consist of Jenkins, alongside Ross Jenkins - former owner and executive of Computerland and COO/CFO at Xero - and Jason Trower, founder of Vo2 Group.

“This isn’t about being bigger, this is about being more to our customers, and is a direct result of the demand in market,” said Mike Jenkins, when speaking to Reseller News. “The Instillery remains 100 per cent Kiwi-owned with a focus on helping New Zealand businesses achieve their goals here and on the global stage.

“The market has evolved and more companies recognise the undeniable benefits of all forms of cloud and automation technology.

“Joining forces with the team at Vo2 gives us the scale to offer that value to all of our current and new customers, offering clients best in class now, as they move to the cloud and when they get there.”

Headquartered in Auckland, The Instillery was founded in 2013 to deliver on the potential of cloud computing in New Zealand, building a suite of solutions through partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google Cloud.

Today, the enterprise-focused company provides cloud-centric expertise across security, connectivity and digital transformation, alongside managed services, consultancy, migration and automation offerings.

The new-look entity will count Auckland Council, Vector, Sanford, LIC, Powerco, Fonterra and TSB Bank as enterprise customers, alongside mid-market expertise through Craggy Range, CooperAitken, Cancer Society, World, Madam Woo and Eat My Lunch.

“We have some fantastic businesses in the regions that are leading the world in biotech, agri-tech, information systems, genetics and many other fields,” adds Jason Trower, founder board member and shareholder of Vo2. “Being able to offer these companies information technology solutions that are world class and are delivered by a local company will be a win-win for us all.”

With more than 10 years market experience, Vo2 specialises in consulting, integration, managed services and talent management across regional New Zealand, with offices in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki and Manawatu.

Mike Jenkins (The Instillery)Credit: The Instillery
Mike Jenkins (The Instillery)

As reported by Reseller News, the business split from CodeBlue in June 2016, consolidating Waikato and Bay of Plenty businesses in the process.

“We will continue to challenge what a tech company should look like, bringing new tech to customers and a fresh collaborative approach,” Jenkins added. “It’s about breaking free of the past and the poor outsource models that hinder, rather than help, businesses reach their potential.”

Cloud capabilities

The merger comes as New Zealand businesses prepare to spend almost $12 billion on technology in 2018, with demand for cloud solutions and services continuing to rise.

According to recent IDC research - commissioned by Microsoft New Zealand - 90 per cent of Kiwi organisations are consuming some form of cloud-based service, adopting a cloud-first strategy as a result.

With the local cloud market currently totalling $1.1 billion, findings forecast a growth rate of 20 per cent per annum to 2021, highlighting potential for specialist providers such as The Instillery.

“After nearly five years as CFO/COO of Xero I have a clear view of the benefits cloud technology can offer our customers,” observed Ross Jenkins, executive director of The Instillery. “The opportunity to share these benefits with a wider audience made this merger so compelling.”

Since launching five years ago, The Instillery has won a host of industry accolades in recognition of the provider’s cloud expertise, including the Mid-Market Partner of the Year award at the 2016 Reseller News Innovation Awards.

According to Mike Jenkins, the merger further fulfils the company’s ability to offer customers hybrid-cloud solutions, as well as core software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as Office 365.

“If there was a lot of talk about us in market before this, there should be even more now,” Mike Jenkins added. “We’re not stopping and we’re not slowing down. We’re just going to put our focus on pushing fast forward for our customers.”

The merger comes less than a month after The Instillery signed a strategic alliance with Actifio in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, bringing the vendor’s data-as-a-service platform to the enterprise.

With a user base in the thousands, Actifio is an enterprise grade software platform designed to accelerate growth across hybrid cloud deployments and application development.

As reported by Reseller News, terms of the exclusive partnership will see the cloud specialists provide expertise at the top end of town, advising customers on how to freely move data across private, hybrid and public cloud platforms.

Actifio will also aim to leverage The Instillery’s partnerships with the three leading cloud platform, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

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