A new Bill introduced by a bipartisan group of US congressmen and senators aims to cut back wasteful spending on legacy IT systems by government agencies through accelerating cloud adoption.
The ASD has added Salesforce to the Certified Cloud Services List of approved providers, while Finance has launched a refresh of the Government Cloud Services Panel.
Fujitsu has landed a $140 million contract with the City of Gold Coast to manage its ICT infrastructure and applications over the next five years.
SAP Australia has launched an SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service at the Canberra Data Centre specifically designed for use by government customers.
Australia's statutory agency for ensuring safe and secure blood donations has adopted an enterprise cloud platform from Nutanix to help stem $10 million worth of blood wastage per year.
Government agencies are ditching bespoke systems in favour of commercial offerings as commodity cloud and other infrastructure offerings become more trusted.
Gartner expects that by 2018, security considerations will outweigh cost savings and agility as the primary factor motivating government agencies to adopt the public cloud.
The AEC has contracted SMS Management & Technology to deliver AWS implementation for its public websites, in order to help the commission support major traffic spikes during election periods.
There are three critical aspects to ensuring the federal government's 'cloud first' policy adoption does not see productivity being sacrificed for cost savings: visibility, optimisation and control.
TAFE South Australia has worked with Microsoft to migrate its implementation of the Moodle online learning system to the Azure cloud to address high demand and stave off outages.
Western Australia's Department of Sport and Recreation and NSW's Office of Environment and Heritage have completed migrations to Microsoft cloud services.
The federal government has committed $490,000 towards an R&D project to apply cloud and big data technologies to sheep data management systems.
The NSW government has entered a major deal to allow all departments to access Microsoft cloud services including Office 365 and Skype.