Under the deal, IBM will design, build and run the new cloud platform as well as manage the migration of FRNSW workloads, including the Emergency Services SAP system to the NSW Government Data Centres.
With the migration, FRNSW will be one of the first NSW Government agencies to transform its business to an 'as a service' model.
To support its emergency response, FRNSW uses one of the largest and most advanced deployments of SAP’s Emergency Services system in the world, hosting mission critical workloads for 100,000 staff and volunteers across five agencies in NSW.
FRNSW will deploy key workloads like SAP ERP, Oracle RAC and also its Geospatial Information on the IBM Cloud infrastructure based in the NSW Government Data Centre, with a flexible consumption based pricing model.
IBM says its solution will deliver key business benefits such as accelerated workload deployments with reusable patterns, management of all workloads through a single dashboard and also better data management and efficiencies through Tivoli Storage Manager.
"The move towards the IBM NSW Government Cloud provides us with a powerful, scalable and on-demand platform hosted in a world-class facility that is many times more powerful than we could afford to procure with traditional on-premise IT deployments, “ said Richard Host, CIO, Fire and Rescue New South Wales.
“This new approach will enable FRNSW to identify and respond to hazards and emergencies in a faster and more informed way, minimising impact and enhancing the safety, quality of life, and confidence of our community."
Host said the move addresses the NSW Government Data Centre Reform initiative and ICT Strategy, which provides NSW Government agencies with the ability to improve service delivery within their own business, and supports the principle of sharing infrastructure and systems across agencies.