Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:57

SA Government picks iiNet for cloud

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Three South Australian Government departments have signed up for the SA gCloud service operated by iiNet.

The South Australian Government's Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Planning, Transport and Infrastructure; and Communities and Social Inclusion have agreed to use the SA gCloud service operated by iiNet.

iiNet's Internode operation was selected from tenders submitted by the SA Hosting Services Panel.

SA gCloud offers infrastructure as a service and backup as a service.

"In line with the Government’s SA Connected ICT strategy, it allows agencies to invest in services rather than buying hardware and software," said Public Sector Minister Susan Close.

"This solution improves agility for State Government agencies with no upfront costs and provides the ability to spin up or shut down servers as required in minutes instead of months. Consumption-based pricing requires no minimum spend.

"With the rapidly maturing cloud market, we are now at the point where government agencies can benefit from quicker deployment speeds, greater flexibility and improved value for money by using this model through iiNet.

"SA gCloud will meet stringent security requirements through a dedicated hardware platform, hosted in Adelaide, and contained within the State’s central data network. This avoids the need for data to travel across the Internet and benefits from data security controls already in place."

Other SA Government agencies are expected to start using SA gCloud over time.

iiNet general manager for business and government Daryl Knight said "The pay-as-you-go pricing of this innovative model gives us a strong incentive to deliver great services, which is good news for both the SA Government and for taxpayers."

Image: incorporates a photo by Michael Jastremski [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons


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