Oracle to provide cloud, database hardware for HealthShare NSW

Oracle will provide the NSW government's Health department with cloud and database hardware for its service delivery arm.

Oracle has secured a contract with the New South Wales government to deliver database and cloud hardware in an effort to improve efficiency and cut costs for HealthShare NSW, the services delivery division of NSW Health, and use it as a basis for a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution.

Announced on Monday, the tech giant will roll out its Exadata Database Machines, which run on Sun's FlashFire technology, and its cloud-in-a-box product Exalogic Elastic Cloud in an upgrade of HealthShare NSW's hardware.

"This initiative will provide a significant increase in capacity for NSW Health to support Australia's largest corporate program in government," said HealthShare NSW CIO Greg Wells.

The update is aimed at aiding the government department in meeting expanded processing requirements, improving productivity, and shrinking expenditure. According to Oracle, its hardware was chosen for its high efficiency, with payroll and HR staff being given the ability to access data almost four times faster than it can now.

HealthShare NSW previously deployed Oracle's E-Business Suite with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database to help it meet its HR and payroll requirements. It has so far been deployed to over 129,000 staff members, with 11,000 employees yet to be integrated in the rollout's final stage.

HealthShare NSW currently uses Oracle's enterprise-class Sun ZFS Storage Appliance in its datacentres, which makes use of InfiniBand to back up and restore its database and applications.

Late last year, Oracle scored an AU$63 million deal with the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to provide a range of software services over four years. Most of the DoD's key systems, such as its HR systems, use Oracle software.

Since then, however, enterprise software developer TechnologyOne has poached 21 WA government department and agencies' financial management platforms from Oracle as part of the decommissioning of the WA Shared Corporate Services project .