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Western Sydney University has selected global IT services company DXC Technology to move 75% of its existing, on-premise services for staff, researchers and students onto a managed Internet as a Service (IaaS) hybrid cloud platform.

As part of the agreement, DXC will provide a managed private cloud platform in its Western Sydney Data Centre, which it says will enable WSU to flexibly and securely consume virtualised infrastructure, including compute, storage and DXC Service Management.

DXC says it will also develop a migration strategy which will rapidly and securely move the right workloads, providing WSU with the automation, flexibility and agility to optimise workloads and “quickly implement private or public cloud services for future consumption”.

“This is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar commitment that is designed to completely transform the provisioning of compute and storage for WSU,” says the university’s chief information and digital officer, Kerry Holling.

“Our sector-leading proposition will ensure that we can quickly react to the needs of our staff and students, and deliver dynamic learning and research experiences, whether on, or off campus.”

Holling said WSU made the decision to transform its IT environment to ensure it is able to quickly respond to changing student and staff needs.

“DXC offered an experienced team capable of leading WSU through their transformation journey, from standard workload migration, application transformation and colocation. We are pleased to be the first university in Sydney to undertake a transformation of such a large scale.”

“DXC is delighted to be working with WSU to create an on demand IT environment that will provide faster workload deployments when required, with improved resiliency and security,” said Seelan Nayagam, managing director, DXC Australia & New Zealand.

“This initiative showcases how DXC’s hybrid IT platforms are helping WSU to deliver a better quality of education to the Australians and reinforces our position as a leader in technology-enabled learning and research in Australia.”

“Our engagement with DXC is part of WSU’s wider IT and Digital Services strategy, ‘Future Now’, which aims to maximise opportunities presented by digital technologies, Holling added.

“This transformation will deliver seamless, scalable and secure services to academic staff, researchers and students; extend the university’s footprint to the local and international community; and fulfill the potential of all learners.”

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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