Canberra headquartered Veritec has landed a contract to operate Microsoft’s Modernisation Factory for Australian Federal Government departments and critical infrastructure providers.
The move will help accelerate the way agencies and enterprises can transition workloads to Microsoft Azure and digitally transform their operations, providing Veritec and Microsoft customers with a cost effective, repeatable service to update IT workloads.
Under the multi-year contract, Veritec will deploy a production line, featuring fixed price and highly repetitive processes for validation and design of Azure infrastructure. It will also have access to Microsoft’s standardised IP and methodologies.
Provided under the Microsoft Consulting Services banner, the deal marks one of Microsoft’s largest and most comprehensive request for services to be conducted in Australia for the delivery of cloud modernisation and workload migrations.
The Modernisation Factory will focus initially on modernising operating systems, databases and application workloads running on a Microsoft platform, as well as migrating supported workloads into the Microsoft Azure cloud, with additional services to come online down the track.
“We are delighted to partner with Microsoft Consulting Services and to have been selected as the Azure migration partner for Government in handling these workload modernisation activities,” Veritec general manager Marty Holden said.
“We also look forward to working with the Microsoft global delivery team using their proven methodologies to modernise our joint customers’ applications using Microsoft tools, processes and IP.”
On top of operating the Modernisation Factory for Microsoft, Veritec will be providing these cloud modernisation services directly to the Australian market, with additional managed services options available for extended support.
“Our continued investment in Azure, and particularly the Azure Australia Central Regions, along with the Protected Certification awarded by the ASD, makes the Microsoft cloud the clear choice for Government and critical industries in Australia,” Microsoft Australia public service director George Stavrakakis said.
Veritec Apps and Infra executive Alex Dalwood said the factory provides government and critical infrastructure with a fast, reliable and fixed price service to update their legacy back end systems.
“Once modernised, these agencies can take full advantage of the extended capabilities on offer in Azure. The lower cost of entry enables smaller projects to utilise high performance computer resources to enable machine learning, artificial intelligence, BOTS, and IoT,” Dalwood said.
The Federal Government revealed on 3 April that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the intelligence agency that sits within the Department of Defence, had designated Microsoft Azure and Office 365 with the much sought after “protected” classification on its Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL).
Inclusion on the ASD’s CCSL gives cloud services suppliers – along with certain resellers partnering with the selected vendors – the ability to vie for public sector work requiring an InfoSec Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) security assessment, along with other security checks and balances.