Pacnet deploys NaaS in NSW GovDC

Integrated technology provider Pacnet has deployed its network as a service at the NSW government's GovDC Silverwater datacentre.

Telecommunications service provider Pacnet has become the latest player to provide network services at the New South Wales (NSW) government's datacentre in Silverwater, known as GovDC.

The move sees Pacnet enable NSW government agencies to provision and scale on-demand network bandwidth through the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), the company's own network-as-a-service platform leveraging software-defined networking.

In October last year, the NSW state government announced that it would consolidate around 130 disparate government datacentres into two mega datacentres, one in Unanderra and the other in Silverwater, as part of its push into cloud infrastructure.

All NSW government agencies are expected to migrate their IT into GovDC by August 2017, with registered companies able to offer on-premises cloud services through the marketplace to these government agencies by leasing rack space within these new datacentres.

In April, the state government revealed that it was in talks with representatives from over 50 local and international telcos, cloud providers, infrastructure providers, managed services, and software companies, including IBM, Telstra, and SAP.

Now, Pacnet will activate a point of presence at the facility, and will host an internet gateway at GovDC, enabling NSW government agencies to connect to the company's Sydney CloudSpace datacentre, along with other third-party datacentres.

"Opening a point of presence and enabling the Pacnet Enabled Network at the NSW government's Silverwater datacentre gives all agencies access to Pacnet's full suite of managed services, and its bandwidth on-demand network," said Pacnet Australia and New Zealand chief executive Nigel Stitt.

"NSW government departments can rapidly deploy to hybrid cloud services and adopt full ICT solutions as a service in a cost-effective manner, utilising the range of offerings within the Government Marketplace," he said.

Pacnet is also set to become a full member of the GovDC Marketplace, enabling existing and future state government agencies to purchase connectivity solutions, including dedicated internet access and IP transit, as well as managed services from Pacnet on demand, and hardware as a service, unified communications, and IPVPN services.

Pacnet holds a place on the GovDC Marketplace alongside dozens of other tech and telco players, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Telstra, and Rackspace.

In August, the NSW government appointed Oracle Australia, NTT Communications, Dataweave, and Qubit Consulting as part of a consortium responsible for deploying a new identity management hub, hosted by the GovDC datacentres.