Cloud infrastructure and business mobility company, VMware, has announced that 40 councils in NSW, led by Queanbeyan City Council, have jointly renewed and extended their contracts with the company.
The new and improved agreement enables the councils with the ability to manage their virtual environments and to better forecast and manage capacity while tackling challenges such as mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and disaster recovery.
The deal comes on the back of a previous two-year agreement with VMware and allows the participating councils to trial new services and access modular solution bundles in a cost effective manner.
In specific, Queanbeyan City Council has expanded on its contract with VMware to include AirWatch by VMware solutions. The council will also work with VMware to strengthen its disaster recovery strategy, trialling the recently launched vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).
VMware said, in a statement, that this multi-council agreement aims to drive efficiency and savings within NSW, while also bringing in the benefits of enhanced Cloud services and mobility solutions.
VMware A/NZ vice-president and managing director, Duncan Bennet, said the company is proud to be supporting this ongoing collaboration between local councils across NSW and their joint bid to better serve their constituencies through best-practice use of ICT.
“Queanbeyan City Council has been a driving force in grassroots public sector innovation for some years now and we have enjoyed a successful partnership. With this new agreement, we look forward to continuing to support the team on its journey towards a new software-defined, more mobile and resilient workforce,” he said.
Queanbeyan City Council ITBS manager, Shawn Raines, said the new contract was inked as the demands placed on IT solutions and managers to service council requirements are increasing at a rate like never before.
“Many members of the public want easy and seamless access to information and services, and our employees need to operate as efficiently as possible to have requests met and communities are confident the council is meeting its remit.
“Meeting this challenge requires ongoing investment and innovation in our IT systems, solutions and people. As a Cloud-first strategy permeates through all levels of government, it’s essential that challenges such as mobile working, device management, storage and recovery are explored fully,” Raines added.