AEC to host public websites on AWS

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

AEC to host public websites on AWS

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has selected Amazon Web Services to host its online digital services across all its public-facing websites.

The AEC has contracted SMS Management & Technology to help migrate the organisation’s public-facing websites to the AWS cloud. The agreement includes implementation services and ongoing cloud-managed services to ensure the system stays up to date with technology evolutions.

AEC websites are expected to collectively receive over 100 million hits on election night alone next year.

The AWS-based system to be implemented by SMS will be scalable to support such heavy traffic spikes and support the peak capacity demands required during elections.

“AEC’s digital services are perfectly suited to a public cloud platform because of the varying demand,” SMS director of managed services Murray Rosa commented.

“SMS, together with AWS, were able to provide a highly secure, scalable and flexible solution that responds rapidly to the peak capacity demands required during an election period.”

AWS head of channels and alliances Stefan Jansen added that the company’s “public sector customers understand the benefits of the AWS cloud to enable scale and support agility. We are excited to be working with SMS to help the Australian Electoral Commission manage high-profile, event-driven workloads.”

Image courtesy of David Jackmanson under CC

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