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Datacom launches new cloud service for government

Datacom's new cloud product.

Nathan Smith
Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Datacom’s latest cloud product will let the New Zealand government test its software quicker and more cost effectively.

Called DevCloud, the new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform is targeted at application development environments which support a range of government organisations to build and test applications.

Datacom Wellington director of systems Mark Muru says the new system increases automation, standardisation and control while reducing repetition and supporting innovation from civil servants.

“The considerable upside of this environment for local public sector clients is that our existing Datacom IaaS customers can now develop and test on the same technology as their production loads run on with reduced costs comparable to those of large off-shore public cloud providers.”

The idea, says Mr Muru, was to offer the government a flexible, locally served program rather than a generic global option.

“We’ve also seen the opportunity for clients to shift off more antiquated systems to DevCloud in order to realise the benefits of new technologies and the economies of scale Datacom can deliver,” he says.

Datacom’s Inter-Agency Interconnection (IAI) network will supply DevCloud, which means agencies can connect from existing DCSG (Datacom Cloud Services for Government) network without requiring additional network connections. 

DevCloud also provides a high level of security while eliminating any potential risks around data sovereignty. 

“It is rigorous, scoped to the specific security and resilience requirements of the New Zealand government,” says Mr Muru.

DevCloud is hosted in New Zealand and is supported 24/7 by a local Datacom team in Wellington. 

Ministry for Primary Industries will be the pilot agency for the new system with a test completion date set for early 2015.

Nathan Smith
Fri, 31 Oct 2014
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Datacom launches new cloud service for government