Datacom launches DevCloud for government

Ministry for Primary Industries is pilot agency for project to be completed early 2015

Datacom has launched a development cloud environment tailored to the requirements of New Zealand Government agencies.

DevCloud is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform is targeted at application development environments that support a range of Government organisations to build and test applications quickly and cost-effectively.

Datacom says the Ministry for Primary Industries has committed to be a pilot agency for a project that will be completed early next year.

“DevCloud is designed to rapidly assist customer development teams to increase the level of automation, standardisation and control,” says Mark Muru, Wellington director, Datacom.

He says the new capability reduces costs and routine or repetitive tasks, supporting developers to increase innovation and accelerate delivery to their business.

“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,” says Muru.

DevCloud is available via the secure Inter-Agency Interconnection (IAI) network within the Datacom data centre, which means agencies can easily connect from their existing DCSG (Datacom Cloud Services for Government) network without requiring additional network connections.

It also provides a high level of security while eliminating any potential risks around data sovereignty, says Datacom. DevCloud is hosted in-country and is supported 24x7 by a team in Wellington.

Datacom recently invested a further $4 million upgrading for earthquake resilience at its Abel Smith Street premises and data centre and has invested over $100 million over the last four years in world class data centre facilities, including the Auckland located Orbit and Hamilton’s Kapua data centre.

Both data centres have been globally recognised as the first in Australasia to be certified by The Uptime Institute (UTI) - Management and Operations certification, says Datacom in a statement.

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