Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:27

Melbourne IT gets it: AWS MSP status


Following a ‘rigorous audit’, Melbourne IT is the first Premier Consulting Partner in Australia to achieve AWS MSP status.

In case you thought Melbourne IT was already an official AWS partner, you’re right - it have been since 2012, and is one of only 36 AWS Premier Consulting Partners worldwide.

What’s new is that Melbourne IT, which bills itself as ‘the leading Australian managed cloud and mobile solution provider’, is now an AWS ‘Managed Services Partner’ or MSP too - the first in Australia to reach this status.

Steve McCormick, Melbourne IT’s Director of Cloud Practice said: “Passing the audit process of the AWS Managed Service Program is a validation of the continued evolution of Melbourne IT’s Managed Services and Professional Services capabilities that have been delivering value to customers in Australia for over 19 years.

“The accreditation provides our customers with assurance that their solutions are designed and managed to realise the benefits of public cloud services.”

The AWS MSP is designed for the another 3 letter acronym - the APN, which is the ‘Amazon Partner Network’ or APN Consumer Partners, who are skilled at ‘cloud infrastructure and application migration’.

Melbourne IT reports that it successfully passed the rigorous, 100-point third-party audit created by AWS that ‘validates how Melbourne IT architects, builds, integrates, operates, optimises, and provides security across the breadth of AWS services.’

It is also supposed to ‘provide customers with an independent assessment of a partner’s ability to drive continuous innovation, support AWS adoption, deliver security, embrace DevOps and provide excellence in customer management.’

McCormick added: “This program highlights our security certifications with ISO 27001 and ISO 9001, as well as our experience in delivering solutions to PCI DSS and IRAP standards. This demonstrates the breadth of Melbourne IT’s capability to offer both consultancy and managed services for cloud adoption, application migration, hybrid cloud implementations and cloud optimised application development.”

Melbourne IT noted the audit specifically mentioned a number of its strengths, including:

  • ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certification;
  • The presence of an AWS best practice advisor within Melbourne IT, with strong adoption of AWS best practices and implementing them in customer’s solution proposal whenever possible;
  • Strong application development to offer complete customised customer solutions including the hybrid model;
  • A high security focus, meeting the Australian Signals Directorate’s IRAP (InfoSec Registered Assessors Program) security process for bidding on government contracts;
  • Strong Professional Services and consultancy;
  • Growing AWS business and investment;

McCormick said: “AWS has created an audit that goes beyond simple infrastructure management and assesses end-to-end capability in the delivery of business operation, security and risk management. This important agreement with AWS will help Melbourne IT’s customers in their adoption of cloud based services as they evolve through the cloud adoption model.

“It validates that Melbourne IT has the right certifications, tooling, experience, agility and scale to align with the largest of enterprises seeking cloud operations expertise and to deliver strong business value to organisations.”

For those wondering, the AWS Managed Service Program was introduced at the ‘AWS re:Invent’ event in November 2014.

The program is designed for Amazon Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partners who are skilled at cloud infrastructure and application migration, and who deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, security, DevOps, automation, and streamlined management of their customers’ environment.

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