Telstra and Dimension Data launch government cloud services

Telstra and Dimension Data both launched cloud environments aimed specifically at the government sector this week in moves showing governments are taking 'cloud-first' policies seriously.

Telstra has named its service the Government Cloud, which it said will significantly increase the ability of government organisations to access highly secure and compliant cloud services for both unclassified and protected level data.

Telstra, which has had a long relationship with the federal Department of Human Services, will launch the platform in the first half of next year.

Telstra's executive director of cloud services Erez Yarkoni said that as governments move into a new era of service delivery transformation to meet the current and future digital expectations of citizens, the ability to use protected cloud services is as critical to their future plans as it is to the private sector.

“Importantly, Telstra’s Government Cloud will provide confidence that the data is safe and hosted in Australia,” Mr Yarkoni said. “It will also help enable the public sector to achieve greater efficiency and generate more value from its ICT investments.”

Dimension Data will open a new managed cloud platform (MCPs) in Canberra at the same time. The company says the MCP will be the first large-scale platform in Canberra designed solely for the Australian government.

The Canberra MCP is housed in a new TIA 942 design-compliant facility, under final construction by Canberra Data Centres. Dimension Data counts the National Disability Insurance Agency as one of its clients.

Dimension Data CEO Rodd Cunico said the Canberra MCP will provide capabilities available across Dimension Data’s global cloud platform, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Microsoft solutions on the cloud and support for enterprise applications like SAP ERP.

The moves follow Microsoft's recent announcement that it will host its Azure cloud platform in two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, which it says will encourage public sector organisations to migrate to the cloud by addressing data sovereignty concerns.

Telstra has also announced that it is rolling out its small cell technology to 50 towns in regional Australia that will allow them to use 4G data services.

The technology was first trialled in Yangan, a small town on Queensland's Darling Downs, and will switch it on in towns in Victoria, NSW and Queensland before the end of the year, with some more to come online in the New Year.

While the service will not yet support voice services, Telstra says it plans to add voice over LTE in 2015, when voice and even video calls will be possible.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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