Maxava Says Business Doubled in the June Quarter
July 19, 2010 Timothy Prickett Morgan
With so many privately held companies in the OS/400 and i ecosystem, it is hard to get a grasp of what business conditions are out there in AS/400 Land. But occasionally, to do a little bragging and to get a little free press, a hardware or software company gives us some insight into how biz is going.
High availability software has been one of the key drivers of the iSeries, System i, and Power Systems market for the better part of two decades, and this has not changed even as the cost of both the systems and HA software have plummeted. And Maximum Availability, which is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, but has offices in the United States, Europe, and Japan, said that in the fiscal quarter ended in June, business had peaked up steam and doubled.
“Growth has been steady across all the regions and we are adding key customers to our European base such as Amphenol, Barbour, and Walkers Shortbread,” says Simon O’Sullivan, senior vice president at Maximum Availability. (Having just spent a week in London, I am rather fond of Walkers myself. They make fine crisps, which go quite nicely with English bitters.) “Companies both large and small realize that their business data is critical and any data loss in a disaster is no longer acceptable. Business continuity is understood to be a competitive advantage and is critical to our clients.”
Maximum Availability added some Fortune 500 companies and other well-known customers in the States in June, according to O’Sullivan. And the company says that business is being helped by an expanding reseller channel, and that in the United States, three or four new resellers are picking up and distributing its *noMAX HA software every month.
The company did not provide specifics about revenues and profits, as private companies rarely do unless they are getting in the pattern to go public.