Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:29

NSW Fire & Rescue deploys IBM cloud

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IBM has secured a fire-year agreement with Fire & Rescue New South Wales to deploy a new ‘as a service’ based platform across the emergency service.

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.  

The IBM solution is designed to improve flexibility to cater for growth, deliver better IT resource utilisation, consolidate IT workloads and reduce the risk and cost of manual intervention through automation.  

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.


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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