VMware will service more than 40 councils as part of a multi-council deal led by Gosford Council.
The deal, which included 43 councils, saw Gosford Council expand its contract under a two-year renewal to include VMware View for virtual desktops, mobility and vCentre Operations for Cloud and datacentre management.
Gosford City Council, which has worked with VMware since 2008, took the lead on the deal to help NSW councils improve services and drive up to $3 million in savings.
Gosford Council’s legal and technical team helped broker the agreement after canvassing widespread support from other councils for continuing with VMware.
Gosford Council IT manager Gregory Punshon said councils experienced a tremendous enthusiasm for technology from its customers.
“We also feel the challenge of budgets – councils provide services to the community and every major investment in technology must be offset against some other service,” he said. “As such, there is significant pressure for innovative solutions to increase what we provide while reducing the cost of providing it.”
The council signed directly with the company to generate further efficiency and to focus on innovation with VMware’s suite in mobility, disaster recovery, and hybrid cloud.
The council’s IT coordinator Jamie Beal said one of the emerging challenges councils were facing was provisioning end user environments across the organisation.
“Having successfully relied on VMware to deliver substantial efficiency dividends across our server and network infrastructure thus far, we’re confident that a solution like View will assist in providing a uniform platform with centralised management that meets our needs,” he said.
“By renewing this agreement across 43 councils, we’ve hoped to broaden access to these modular solution bundles and VMware’s supporting technical expertise in what should yield significant flow-on service improvements.”
VMware managing director AN/Z Duncan Bennet he was proud to be supporting an unprecedented collaboration between local councils across NSW and their joint bid to better serve their constituencies through best-practice use of ICT.