Cenitex and Oobe build secure Azure cloud solution for Victorian Govt
- 01 July, 2019 10:00
Nigel Cadywould (Cenitex)
Cenitex and Microsoft Gold partner Oobe have launched a new Azure storage offering for the Victorian Government.
The State Government’s shared IT services provider worked with Oobe and Microsoft to build VicCloud Protect, a solution to host data with the Federal Government’s Protected Level certification.
According to Microsoft, the solution enables customers to “confidently” store classified data in the cloud safely, while housing public sector employees' business and application data.
“VicCloud Protect offers cost-effective additional security to existing workloads, offering flexibility without compromising security and promoting service innovation while protecting data integrity,” Cenitex service delivery director Nigel Cadywould said. “It is an important part of our ongoing commitment to a secure, efficient and modern digital government for Victoria.”
The solution incorporates Canberra-based Oobe’s Perimeta for Azure, secure connection between an on-premises environment and Australia's Azure regions.
It allows the housing of workloads security status ranging from unofficial or unclassified up to Protected classification.
“We’re excited to see Oobe’s ‘Perimeta for Azure’ underpin VicCloud Protect,” Oobe CEO Stuart Kilduff said. “This, together with our existing federal government customers, is another significant vote of confidence in the solution.
“We’ve seen a spike in the uptake of cloud services across both federal and state government since Microsoft received Protected-level status for Azure in Australia, and Cenitex is now leading the way, helping Victorian government agencies tap into Microsoft’s hyper-scale cloud whilst enhancing their security posture.”
Founded in 2007 with just four employees, Oobe now has more than 70 specialist consultants across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Wellington as well as Canberra.
In addition to Microsoft, the company is also a Platinum partner of Citrix, claiming to be the only based in ACT and only one of six in Australia as a whole.
Last year, Microsoft was awarded the Federal Government’s “protected” status, giving it the ability to handle classified and highly sensitive government data.
At the time, Microsoft highlighted how all of its 11,000 Australian partners would get access to the Azure capability.