​Data#3 takes Victoria State Emergency Service to the cloud

​Data#3 takes Victoria State Emergency Service to the cloud

Brisbane-based IT solutions provider selected for Microsoft Azure expertise.

Laurence Baynham - CEO, Data#3

Laurence Baynham - CEO, Data#3

Data#3 has deployed a hybrid cloud solution within the Victoria State Emergency Service (VIC SES), leveraging Microsoft Azure in a three-year managed services deal.

The deal sees VIC SES become the first emergency services organisation in Australia to move core infrastructure to the cloud, in a bid to improve emergency planning and response times.

In providing state-wide emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the new platform enables VIC SES to be more agile when responding to critical incidents and emergencies, whether it’s bushfires, floods, storms, road rescues or search and rescue operations.

“The new technology gives our people in the field quick and easy access to our systems, which is so important when it comes to reporting incidents and emergency information,” VIC SES Manager of Information Services, Andrew Ferrarese, said.

“Whether it’s providing location data for response coordination or assessing potential threats, our new ICT environment plays a crucial role in minimising risk to the community.”

Ferrarese said Data#3 was chosen as VIC SES’s preferred partner primarily due to its Microsoft capabilities and Azure expertise, as well as the company's experience in the Victorian Emergency Management landscape, following critical infrastructure deals with several agencies.

In addition, the contract also includes a three-year support plan for managed services.

“Data#3 is immensely proud to assist VIC SES with cloud related services to improve the provision of critical emergency services in Victoria,” Data#3 CEO, Laurence Baynham, added.

“Our vision is to harness the power of people and technology for a better future - and this is a great example of our expertise making a difference in our communities.”

The deal comes less than six weeks after the Brisbane-based IT solutions provider reported a solid start to 2017.

As reported by ARN, Data#3 delivered an increase in sustained earnings for the first half of the 2017 financial year, backed by continued cloud services growth.

For the six months ended 31 December 2016, the company reported a 10.6 per cent rise in revenue, reaching $506 million with cloud-based revenues totalling $58 million.

With gross profit up 8.1 per cent to $74 million, product revenue also increased 11.5 per cent, hitting $413.9 million for 1H FY17.

“The solid financial and operational results reported today reflect our strategic and increasing focus on growing our portfolio of services,” Baynham said at the time.

“This includes the rapidly growing cloud services market and I am confident that we are well positioned to satisfy market demand.”

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