University moves entire DC to the cloud

Tuesday, 07 April, 2015

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Perth’s Edith Cowan University (ECU) has become the first Australian university to move its entire data centre infrastructure to the cloud.

The five-year contract with Atos will see all of ECU’s data requirements moved to a secured managed hybrid cloud service, enabling the university to be more agile in responding to students’ changing needs and new technology.

Currently, ECU’s data infrastructure is located at its Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses with limited options for expansion. The move to Atos’s cloud infrastructure in Perth will see ECU using what is claimed to be the latest high-end infrastructure in Western Australia.

“ECU has an ambitious vision for growth and it is essential that our IT services have the flexibility to both support our increasing student population and incorporate new technology,” said ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Arshad Omari.

“This is also a cost-effective deal for ECU as we only pay for the services we require. So we can rapidly expand our infrastructure during times of high demand, for example the start of semester, and can then reduce it during the holiday period.”

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