NSW govt talks private cloud offering with industry

The NSW government is giving more than 50 industry companies the opportunity to offer on-premise cloud services through its GovDC Marketplace to its agencies.

Representatives from over 50 local and international telcos, cloud providers, infrastructure providers, managed services, and software companies, including IBM, Data#3, Telstra, SAP, Oracle, and Huawei Technologies, are now registered to participate in the New South Wales government's GovDC Marketplace.

The GovDC Marketplace will be setup within two datacentres — based in Silverwater, Sydney and Unanderra , an hour south of Sydney — which the NSW government opened in October 2013 to enable the consolidation of all 130 existing government datacentres .

The consolidation is expected to produce cost savings and improve efficiency, reduce electricity consumption, and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

Given that all NSW government agencies are expected to move into, or migrate, their ICT into GovDC by August 2017, registered companies will be able to offer on-premise cloud services through the marketplace to these government agencies by leasing rack space within these new datacentres.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance said the recently opened data centres had potential to streamline and improve services offered by government.

"The new centres have allowed us to create a shared pool of ICT systems and infrastructure to provide services for government agencies, and we are currently in the process of transitioning services between the older agency-based legacy systems to the new whole-of-government facilities," he said.

"The new data centres have the capability and capacity for private providers to deliver services and programs to agencies through a private government cloud.

"The cloud will act as a 'marketplace' where government agencies can source reliable infrastructure, platform and software all as a service from existing shared service and other third party providers."

Constance also said the newly established cloud marketplace provides an opportunity for smaller third party companies, as well as large-scale service providers.

"As services are delivered through a central location, economies of scale aren’t such a big issue which means smaller locally based specialist companies are able to remain competitive," he said.

Anchor tenants such as NSW Health, the Departments of Education and Communities, Corrective Services, and Finance and Services have already commenced using the new datacentres, and in the next 12 months more agencies are expected to continue the transition.

The transfers are being guided by the NSW government's first Cloud Services Policy, which was released in September 2013, and designed specifically to help direct its agencies as they move to the service-based IT solutions.

Rich-Phillips welcomes six new jobs

The Victorian government opened a AU$125,000 prototyping facility at SRXGlobal, an electronic manufacturing services company, today in Dandenong.

Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the opening is in addition to the AU$836 million the government has already faciliated in the technology sector.

"Investments like these are demonstrating the confidence that technology companies like SRXGlobal have in Victorian manufacturing and, more broadly, the Victorian economy," he said.