The University of Western Australia's computing power and storage capacity will be boosted through a new partnership with telecommunications and datacentres provider Amcom.
The partnership will involve Amcom hosting dedicated "cloud" services for UWA in Amcom's secure data centres in Perth. The initial contract value is $9 million over three years and will provide UWA with hundreds of computer servers and more than 400 terabytes of storage, delivered across Amcom's secure, reliable dedicated geographical path diverse 10-gigabit fibre network between UWA and Amcom's data centres.
Dr Mary Davies, UWA's University Librarian and Director (Information Management), said the new services would put UWA at the forefront of hosted computer power and capacity and allow the University to concentrate on its value-added support for teaching, learning and research.
"As UWA's requirements increase, it is vital for us to strategically plan to provide our students, academics and researchers with all the computing power and storage to meet their future needs," Dr Davies said.
"Amcom has been able to provide us with a cost-effective, secure, reliable and dedicated product that gives us capacity and capability across the University. It is both simple for us to manage and user-friendly for our staff.
"Most importantly, it will mean our data is stored in Perth using dedicated infrastructure under a private hosted services agreement."
The cloud services market is rapidly expanding globally and provides customers with significant benefits in cost and scale.
Amcom CEO Clive Stein said the company was delighted to strengthen its partnership with one of Australia's most prestigious universities.
"We are now offering a suite of IT solutions hosted in the ‘cloud' market to both new and existing clients in small or large business, and being able to offer one of Australia's top universities a dedicated, secure and solution driven ‘cloud' product validates our strategic move into the market," Mr Stein said.