DocuSign flags Aussie Azure data centre launch

Comes as part of a push to service the public sector and big enterprise market in Australia

DocuSign has unveiled plans to open a Microsoft Azure-based data centre in Australia, as part of a push to service the public sector and big enterprise market locally.

The global e-signature and digital transaction management (DTM) software provider, said that the new data centre footprint is set to come online early next year.

It is intended that the data centre will be able to meet the Federal Government’s requirements for handling classified and sensitive data.

DocuSign said it plans to position itself to support both public and private sectors to develop world-leading digital capability.

The choice of Microsoft Azure as a platform represents an expansion of the vendor’s existing relationship with the company, and builds on the news that it would open its first international third party data centre in Canada.

The news also comes after Microsoft unveiled plans in August to launch two highly-secure Azure regions in Canberra, partnering with Canberra Data Centres (CDC) to lure government agencies to the cloud.

Available in the first half of 2018, the two new regions are set to focus on government and their suppliers at federal, state and local levels, offering advanced data analytics, sophisticated data protections and artificial intelligence.

“We have been encouraged by the government’s clear drive to create a tangible shift to the digital world – and we want to play our part by ensuring we’re here to serve the public and the private sector’s e-signature and digital transaction management needs,” DocuSign APAC vice president, Brad Newton, said.

“The investment in a local data centre is just part of our commitment to helping the government be ‘digital-ready’ by providing a simple way to meet its targets around customer-facing interactions taking place online.

“We’re looking forward to supporting the next phase of digital transformation with the National Digital Economy Strategy in 2018,” he said.

Telstra, which is not only a DocuSign customer and strategic investor through its venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures, said it would offer government agencies access to a series of customised digital solutions that help replace paperwork with digital and online accessible documentation at a national government level.