Data#3 seals deal to move Qld Ipswich City Council to the cloud

The IT services provider put forward a road map to do this two years ago, but has just signed the agreement.

IT services provider Data#3 has been signed on to take all of the Queensland Ipswich City Council's IT infrastructure into its own cloud and deliver it as a service.

Data#3 already runs the council's infrastructure and desktop support services, a contract it won in 2011.

"Moving to the cloud is the way of the future, and affords council greater efficiencies, flexibility, and reliability," Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said in a statement. "With the increasingly rapid rate of change in the way we do business, it made good financial sense for Ipswich City Council to take this next logical step to store data in the cloud."

While Data#3 put forward a road map to move Ipswich Council to the cloud two years ago, the company only secured the deal to do so today. It is a multimillion-dollar multi-year managed services contract.

The delay in signing an agreement was due to how the council operates, according to Data#3 managing director John Grant.

"It's more to do with the speed at which the council moves," he told ZDNet.

Migrating all of Ipswich's datacentre assets into the Data#3 managed cloud will take around three to four months. All of the assets will be delivered as a service, and charged through a flexible pricing model, according to Data#3.


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