Optus Business makes cloud moves

Telco joins federal government cloud services provider panel, becomes Intercloud provider

Optus Business has signed up to the federal government’s cloud service provider’s panel to offer infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) to government agencies.

This includes compute, storage, managed Lync and unified communications as a service.

The cloud services provider panel is designed to increase uptake of the cloud by agencies.

The panel covers software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service, as well as services such as optimisation and integration of cloud services.

The establishment of the whole-of-government panel follows the launch in 2014 of an updated government cloud policy.

Under the policy, government agencies must adopt cloud where it is "fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money" when obtaining new ICT services or replacing existing services.

Optus Business also announced that it will become a Cisco Intercloud provider. According to Cisco, Intercloud allows companies to build secure hybrid clouds with consistent network and security policies.

Optus customers will be able to manage and access their data workloads across private and public clouds.

According to Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis, customers won’t have multiple vendor management or security concerns if they use the Intercloud service.

“They [customers] don’t want to be locked into an off-the-shelf cloud service. They want flexibility to adopt a tailored cloud strategy specific to their business needs,” he said in a statement.

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