Microsoft invests in critical national infrastructure to accelerate Australia’s digital transformation

SYDNEY – April 3, 2018 – Microsoft today announces the availability of Azure Australia Central – two new Microsoft Azure cloud regions located within highly secure, resilient Australian-owned facilities of Canberra Data Centres. These regions are specifically designed to support the mission-critical demands of government and critical national infrastructure, accelerating the opportunity for digital transformation in Australia and New Zealand.

Reflecting the new business opportunities Azure Australia Central provide, Microsoft also announced 47 partners, both local and international, are leveraging the unique characteristics of the platform. These include SAP, Telstra Health, AXON, DXC, Accenture, Dimension Data, Veritas, Citrix, and Leidos. Australian software companies including Intelledox, Gravity, GIS People and Ralleo also build on Azure to serve local customers and enter new markets globally. Open source partners such as RedHat, Cloudera and MapR will also be delivering open source solutions on the Azure Australia Central regions. A more extensive list of partners is included at the end of this release.

The availability of Azure Australia Central follows last week’s announcement that Microsoft Australia has launched an initiative to deliver critical cloud computing skills to 5,000 public sector workers by 2020, which will help thousands of Australians build new skills and careers to fuel their professional growth and the growth of our local economy.

Since 2014, Microsoft has operated Azure regions in Sydney and Melbourne serving the needs of government, enterprises, commercial customers and application builders.  Azure Australia Central regions deliver high availability and performance, low latency, disaster resilience and the opportunity for real time data streaming and analysis. Highly secure and with the leading security certifications, these two new regions make Azure the ideal cloud platform for the challenging demands of mission critical computing.

A unique difference of these Azure regions is the capability to locate existing systems, private clouds, specialised networking or safety-critical systems within the same facilities as Azure, and indeed directly connected to Azure.  The hybrid flexibility, performance and security this delivers enables the modernisation of even the most complex applications.  Along with direct connectivity within these facilities and direct connectivity over the private Australian Intra Government Communications Network (ICON), Microsoft Azure now offers a unique capability for high-performance, very low latency networking between these two Australian Central regions.

“Microsoft continues to expand its cloud infrastructure in response to growing customer demand and rapid innovation of cloud services,” said Tom Keane, Head of Global Infrastructure, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp. “As we drive innovation globally, we listen locally to tailor our approach to serve the specific needs of our customers, as we have for the governments and critical national infrastructure sector in Australia and New Zealand.”

Integrated with Microsoft Azure regions in Sydney and Melbourne, Microsoft’s Azure is the only global cloud provider to deliver both high availability and disaster resilience, within country and distributed across multiple metropolitan regions with no compromise on data sovereignty.

Approved critical national infrastructure clients including banks, utilities, telecommunications, healthcare, transport and other sectors will benefit from being part of the restricted community admitted to the Azure Australia Central regions.

The two new Azure regions in Canberra offer a broad range of features for IT and application development including infrastructure virtualisation, data management, security management and application services as a platform.  The range and capability of these services will rapidly grow from initial availability to address scenarios in artificial intelligence, data science and internet-of-things.

Azure Australia Central regions forms an important element of Microsoft’s global cloud network announced in 50 locations around the world.  Microsoft recently announced two new Azure Government regions in the United States for data classified Secret, the availability of our France Azure regions, and the intention to deliver new regions in Switzerland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, said: “Microsoft is deeply committed to Australia and New Zealand and our continued and significant investment in mission critical cloud is testament to that. We expect Azure Australia Central to play a catalysing role in accelerating the transformation of the public sector and through that, enhance the government services millions citizens in both countries utilise every day.

“To that end, our unique partnership with Canberra Data Centres ensures complete flexibility for Government and national critical infrastructure providers. Organisations can leverage Azure Australia Central, they benefit from our open approach to computing, and they can use an extensive and growing array of Government-certified Azure services.

“At the same time, they can co-locate private clouds or other infrastructure right alongside Azure within Canberra Data Centres, with no compromise of trust or performance.”

Customers can deploy their own applications and infrastructure within Canberra Data Centres alongside and connected to Azure via Microsoft ExpressRoute, offering high degrees of flexibility as well as network performance and security.

The Australian Government’s secure ICON can be leveraged by Federal Government Agencies to keep networking costs down and ensure high performance and low latency. Access to Azure Australia Central will be tightly controlled and limited to Australian and New Zealand Government users and approved critical national infrastructure organisations.

Greg Boorer, Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Data Centres, said: “We have worked with Microsoft to ensure that Azure Australia Central is optimised for Government mission critical computing. We operate an Australian and New Zealand owned, defence-accredited facility, and employ staff with Australian NV1 clearance.

“Everything we do is focused on ensuring the success of our clients and the security of their data. Bringing Microsoft Azure Australia Central regions online will spur innovation and efficiency.”

The two multi-datacentre campuses of Canberra Data Centres are the only commercial data centre facilities in Australia that are designed with the physical security controls necessary for Top Secret government data.  They currently operate with Secret accreditation, The concentration of secure connectivity including ICON provides an added benefit for government agencies with secure, highly cost-effective network access to this new generation of cloud computing services.

Mission critical foundations

The new Azure regions are intended to serve both Unclassified and Protected data, with the appropriate controls at the personnel, physical, information and governance level.  Microsoft has to achieve Protected certification in compliance with Australian requirements.

James Kavanagh, Azure Engineering Lead for Microsoft Australia said: “Microsoft has been leading the way on government security certification since we first opened in 2014.  We have completed extensive security assessments for both Unclassified and Protected data and have over 50 services across Microsoft Azure and Office 365 that have completed the formal Certification process of the Australian Signals Directorate at Unclassified(DLM) level”

“Our investment in physical, personnel and software security and our understanding of the sophisticated requirements of Australian government has been a major factor in our decision to offer these regions.  We have a high regard for the rigor of Australian Signals Directorate and IRAP assessors and we deeply understand the necessity of adapting and implementing specific controls to meet Australian requirements, standards and processes.  This is especially the case for the handling of Protected classified data which demands a higher degree of physical and personnel security controls along with complete transparency on supply chain integrity.”

“Australian government quite rightly has sophisticated compliance processes and controls for Protected-classified data – controls that we have designed to exceed here in Canberra” said Kavanagh.

The digital transformation of Government and critical national infrastructure is moving at pace, supported by Microsoft Azure:

  • The Victorian Supreme Court is undertaking a digital transformation that uses Microsoft Azure to connect all 34 courtrooms and underpin a digital case management solution to streamline and speed the process of justice.
  • The Department of Human Services is exploring how intelligent Azure cloud services and bot technologies can support employees and ultimately expand consumer engagement channels.
  • The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has placed Dynamics365 and Microsoft Azure at the heart of a new system that is streamlining Australian Border Force cargo inspections.
  • The new Bendigo Hospital, Victoria’s newest acute care facility, is delivering anytime anywhere access to patient and clinical information with the help of local Microsoft partner Mexia on Microsoft Azure.
  • Emergency services in Queensland, NSW and Victoriarely on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 to respond in the event of natural disasters.
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is one of the first Government agencies to federate with Microsoft Azure and one of the first Government Departments in APAC to roll out Dynamics365, which is proving a powerful ally for both Department staff and Australian businesses.

Partner Ecosystem

With Azure Australia Central now online and a rich array of partner solutions in place, there is an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the transformation of both the Government and critical national infrastructure.

Damien Bueno, VP Strategic Industries and Markets, SAP Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are taking our global partnership with Microsoft to the next level in Australia via the Azure Australia Central regions. SAP and Microsoft will help Federal Government customers run their most mission-critical applications and workloads within the secure Private SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud on Microsoft Azure in the Canberra Date Centres. The SAP HANA Enterprise Managed Private Cloud provides our customers with a guided path to move from an On-Premise environment to a Cloud Ready state.

“The Azure Australia Central facility in Canberra addresses the requirements of our Government customers who are eager to apply the real-time capabilities of in-memory computing in the cloud, but may have concerns about hosting data remotely. As part of our partnership, SAP and Microsoft jointly plan to co-engineer, go to market, and provide support services for solutions that will help ensure the best cloud experience for our Government customers.”

Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, concludes: “We are delighted to have 47 launch partners celebrate with us today the availability of Azure Australia Central regions. In addition, our extended Australian partner network of 11,000 businesses may leverage this opportunity as they work to serve customers in government and national critical infrastructure. In doing so, that’s approximately 290,000 Australians and their organisations who can play a more direct role in creating our future and creating jobs for the next generation workforce coming through school and universities.”


Azure Australia Central launch partners

Ajilon: The Soze Analytics solution is a police/Intelligence Agency specific interface for the Ajilon Analytics Platform that allows organisations to ingest large quantities of Digital Information used in investigations, rapidly discover objects of interest and the relationships between them, provide further analysis on networks, locations and events, and present these results to Investigators and Analysts.  Types of information include call records, messages, emails, images, videos, mobile phone information, financial records, social media, statements and reports, and core agency system data.

Axon: The Axon Network connects people, devices, and apps to protect life in all regards. From our TASER smart weapons, body worn cameras, public safety app’s and our industry-leading cloud-based evidence management software every product works together as a single network. We are the world’s premier public safety company and are committed to delivering safe, secure solutions for law enforcement, defense, public safety agencies and citizens alike. We are Axon.

Avanade: Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem.  We are delighted to announce that we have deployed Azure Stack into Canberra Data Centres, in the same physical location to the new Azure Central Regions. The Avanade Azure Stack solution enables customers to deploy workloads to a Hybrid Microsoft cloud, providing a seamless Cloud experience across both public Azure and Azure Stack. This supports workloads that have security requirements above that provided by Public Azure to be deployed to Azure Stack. The key benefits of this Hybrid Azure model are simple deployment and management of applications.

Centium Software: EventsAIR by Centium software is a powerful cloud-based meeting and event management solution for all types of meetings and events. Intuitive to use, EventsAIR features real-time data, analytics, online development tools, travel/hotel management, communication tools, and mobile apps for attendees and organizers. Functions, agendas and project tasks are fully integrated through the innovative run sheet tool. EventsAIR is an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.

Chef: Chef is the leader in Continuous Automation software, an innovator in cloud native operations and one of the founders of the DevOps movement. Chef works with more than a thousand of the most innovative companies around the world to deliver their vision of digital transformation, providing the practices and platform to deliver software at speed. Chef Automate is Chef’s Continuous Automation Platform which is powered by an awesome community and open source software engines: Chef for infrastructure, Habitat for cloud native operations, and InSpec for compliance.

Citrix: Citrix and Microsoft are collaborating in the cloud so that you can move at the speed of business. This strong partnership ensures organizations receive: Best-in-class security, scalability, management and performance of enterprise software and online services; Commitment to industry standards, organizational compliance and new cloud computing trends; Deep integration with Microsoft server and desktop operating systems and management tools and a shared vision for flexible, seamless and powerful computing for today’s mobile workforce.

Citadel: Citadel is an ASX-listed company operating in the technology, health and government sectors. We specialise in managing knowledge in complex environments through integrating know-how, systems and people to provide information securely on an anywhere-anytime-any device basis. Citadel’s work is delivered through trusted advisory services, long-term managed ICT services and software-as-a-service.

Cloudera: Cloudera delivers the modern data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies. The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems with Cloudera Enterprise, the fastest, easiest and most secure data platform available for the modern world. Our customers efficiently capture, store, process and analyze vast amounts of data, empowering them to use advanced analytics to drive business decisions quickly, flexibly and at lower cost than has been possible before. To ensure our customers are successful, we offer comprehensive support, training and professional services.

Codify: Codify provides a comprehensive assessment of how all of your infrastructure can move to Azure. We map the nuts and bolts back to real business services and applications. Once complete, you can analyse the assessment results in the Codify CloudLift portal to understand the interdependencies between your infrastructure and business applications.

CT4: CT4 Azure Migration Assessment, Azure Application Modernisation and Azure Care are a suite of complimentary products offering a complete set of proven services, tools and capabilities to help clients realise the full potential of cloud technology to transition to a cloud-based as-a-service IT model.  Azure Migration Assessment includes cloud architecture designs, application roadmaps and optimised cloud environments, Azure Application Modernisation prepares client’s applications for transition to the cloud and Azure Care provides complete set of services and tools for ongoing cloud management.

Datacom: With over 5,200 people, and annual revenues of over $1.2 billion, Datacom is one of Australasia’s largest professional IT services companies. Datacom has extensive expertise in the operation of contact centres, data centres, the provision of IT services, software engineering and application management, as well as payroll and customer service design and operations. Founded in 1965 and operating across Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Datacom has a successful trading history of consistent growth and profitability from a track record of delivering innovative, cost effective digital and technology solutions. Datacom is committed to hiring, developing and promoting diverse talent. Our people are the best in their fields – smart, passionate, and dedicated to providing exceptional IT services to our customers.”

Dialog: Dialog Information Technology is one of Australia’s leading technology services providers and employs over 1,200 information technology specialists nationally. Dialog’s services range from strategic IT consulting through full lifecycle application development and managed application services to long-term operational support. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Dialog delivers a full range of business and information management solutions, including MS Dynamics 365 ERP, HR, CRM, Project Management, Field Services and PowerBI.  Dialog is experienced in migrating applications and content to Azure to take full advantage of the powerful ecosystem.

Diaxion: Diaxion offers Advisory and Professional Services to clients wanting to make the most out of their Public Cloud investments to assist in helping them maximise their ROI in the journey to cloud and hybrid cloud operating models.  Proven services delivered to Government, National Critical Infrastructure Providers and Regulated industries such as Financial Services enabling the holistic people, process and technology pathways to cloud.  Services such as, Target Operating models, Data Centre and Application modernisation, Roadmap development, Detailed design, technology business management and migration.

Dimension Data: Founded in 1983, Dimension Data is a USD 8 billion global leader in designing, optimising, and managing today’s evolving technology environments. This enables its clients to leverage data in a digital age, turn it into information, and extract insights. Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data employs 28,000 people across 46 countries. The company brings together the world’s best technology provided by market leaders and niche innovators with the service support that clients need for their businesses – from consulting, technical, and support services to a fully-managed service.

DocuSign: DocuSign is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 250,000 companies and more than 100 million users in 188 countries to send, sign and manage documents anytime, anywhere, on any device with trust and confidence. DocuSign replaces printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting paper documents to transact business. DocuSign enables organizations of every size, industry and geography to make every decision, approval, workflow and signature fully digital. DocuSign and Go to keep life and business moving forward.

DXC Technology: DXC Technology has a long-standing partnership with Microsoft to deliver secure, end-to-end cloud-based solutions that transform organisations and meet the needs of the evolving workplace. DXC are specialists for Microsoft Azure providing an holistic approach from consultation through to analysis, design, deliver and support, for mission critical cloud solutions with a deep knowledge of client requirements operating across all security classification levels.

Dynatrace: Dynatrace redefines how you monitor today’s digital ecosystems. AI-powered, full stack and completely automated, it’s the only solution that provides answers, not just data, based on deep insight into every user, every transaction, across every application. The world’s leading brands, including 72 of the Fortune 100, trust Dynatrace to optimise customer experiences, innovate faster and modernise IT operations with absolute confidence.

Empired: Empired Limited is an IT services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients. With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, we offer a broad range of services, from managed services to digital transformation. This breadth allows Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes, helping them to achieve tomorrow’s advantage, today.

Esri Australia: Esri Australia are Australia’s GIS technology experts and over the past four decades have built a strong track-record of achievement, earning the trust of the nation’s most progressive government agencies and commercial enterprises.  Our ArcGIS Enterprise users can harness the power of Microsoft’s scalable cloud infrastructure while maintaining full control of their geospatial assets.

GIS People: GIS People crafts software with global market potential. Their flagship product Gruntify is changing the way organisations manage their data collection, workflows and analysis. By harnessing a unique blend of mobile, mapping and cloud technologies, Gruntify powers the next generation of collaboration and productivity in an enterprise. Another product making waves around the country is Open Declare – the world’s first and only real-time political donations technology. It’s purpose-built from the ground up as an open, scalable and secure platform for all types of elections and stakeholders.

Gravity Consulting: Gravity Consulting is a global innovation consulting firm, fostering strategy and business innovation in organisations to accelerate digital transformation and overcome inertia. We challenge traditional ways of managing business complexity through applying emerging technologies and design solutions rooted in research and collaboration. Our aim is to design next generation products and services to enable organisations and government foster a culture of innovation to grow and stay relevant. The StrategydotZero platform enables governments and large enterprise to connect the dots between strategy & execution and establish digital and augmented pathways to the future of leadership, performance & governance.

Huntsman Security: Huntsman Security is a privately owned Australian business that provides high speed, automated SIEM technology to Australian and UK government departments. Our software delivers security in Azure by collecting and analysing events from all applications and processes within the Azure cloud, in real-time. Using the ASD Essential Eight as a benchmark, the security team has immediate visibility and control of their organisation’s security position. Specifically, the status of:  backups, patching, application whitelisting, administration privileges along with the location of information assets, who accessed them and when.

Leidos Australia: With over 1000 local experts, backed by our global experience and network of partners, Leidos Australia delivers solutions that help secure Australia.  Leidos Australia is a trusted partner to the Australian Government.  A leading science, technology and engineering company, we keep Australia safe.  With global reach-back into the US and UK, Leidos Australia is led by a local leadership team made up of three lines of business – IT Projects and Intelligence, Defence Mission Systems and IT Services.  We never shy away from a challenge – providing solutions to complex problems is part of our DNA.

MailGuard: MailGuard is a leading technological innovator and the world’s foremost cloud web & email security service, detecting and blocking fast-breaking criminal intent email threats 2-48 hrs ahead of the market. MailGuard provides protection for businesses in 27 countries throughout the world against email threats like malware, ransomware, spyware, phishing, spear phishing, CEO Fraud, viruses, spam and similar malicious scams.

MapR: MapR Technologies, a pioneer in Big Data delivers one platform for all data across every cloud, enables companies to harness the power of all of their data with the MapR Converged Data Platform. With the MapR Platform, companies can do analytics and applications together as data happens to create intelligent, next-generation applications to outperform the competition. Global 2000 enterprises and Government are using the MapR Platform to help them solve their most complex data challenges.

MongoDB: MongoDB is the leading modern, general purpose database platform, designed to unleash the power of software and data for developers and the applications they build. Headquartered in New York with 29 offices across the world, including Sydney, MongoDB has more than 5,700 customers in over 90 countries. Now get the power of MongoDB in the Azure Australia Central Regions. MongoDB Enterprise Advanced – our finely-tuned package of advanced software, security, support, certifications, and other services – offers the best and most secure way to run your applications in the Azure Australia Central Regions.

MOQdigital: MOQdigital believes it should be easier for businesses to get the most out of their technology investments. We have the insight and technical know-how to deliver innovative, reliable solutions that ‘just work’. Partnering with us will allow you to focus on your core business. Our advice, integration and operational services have allowed our customers to achieve business goals faster than the competition and be leaders in their field, including: More productive teaching and learning outcomes in Education, safer workers in remote Mining, Construction and Utility sites, more secure and compliant Finance, Superannuation and Insurance organisations, more patient-centric and productive Health and Aged Care environments, and remarkable guest experiences in Australia leading hotel groups.

Objective Connect: With government-grade security, Objective Connect creates a secure, private workspace in the cloud to collaborate on documents, capture conversations and control tasks. From cross-agency collaboration, working with outsourced service providers or simply digitally engaging with customers and citizens, Objective Connect can be used to manage any process involving external parties. Information Governance can be maintained by integrating Objective Connect with an organisation’s existing document and records management system, ensuring a ‘single source of truth’ is always maintained, even when working with external parties. Because it can be used to manage any business process, Objective Connect enables digital transformation – removing the need for paper, email, thumb drives, DVD’s and rogue or shadow IT.

Oobe: Secure Cloud allows you to get the most out of hyperscale cloud computing by securely extending your network, identity and security boundaries directly into Azure. Confidently deploy solutions knowing that trusted controls, processes and automation are in place to encapsulate and protect your presence in the cloud, silently maintaining the security and integrity of your systems and data.

PWC: PwC’s Secure Terrain, a cloud-based analytics platform that underpins a full suite of cybersecurity products. The platform leverages scalable machine learning techniques and enterprise-class cloud technology to rapidly aggregate and analyze enormous volumes of structured and unstructured data in near-real time. Our product solutions are designed to easily integrate with one another – and your current systems – to give visibility into activity both inside and outside your network so your team has the context it needs to focus on what matters most: protecting your organization.

Ralleo: Ralleo is an enterprise-grade software-as-aservice (SaaS) application that provides an intuitive interface that helps enterprise and government efficiently and consistently plan and manage business and organisational change. Ralleo is hosted on Microsoft Azure and integrates with SharePoint Online  and Power BI.

RecordPoint: Reducing complexity, standardizing the underlying technology platform and reducing the total cost of ownership are all key goals for organizations. RecordPoint supports these goals as it is built into the Microsoft platform and leverages your existing investments in SharePoint or Office 365. RecordPoint together with SharePoint is the complete solution for information management and governance. Available for both on premise and the cloud, RecordPoint offers a globally standard compliant, rules-based records management solution that solves the complexity of record management.

Red Hat: Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, collaborating with customers, partners, and communities to create innovative cloud, Linux, middleware, mobile, management, storage, and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services that help organizations better prepare for the future of IT.

SAP: Microsoft and SAP join forces to give customers a trusted path to digital transformation in the Cloud. SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud — SAP’s private managed cloud service — on Microsoft Azure will allow customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud.  Unlocking the full value of SAP S/4HANA in a secure private cloud – managed by SAP.  SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is the only end-to-end solution of its kind, delivering comprehensive cloud infrastructure and managed services for our in-memory applications, database, and platform.

S2IX: S2IX is an information appliance providing highly advanced, secure collaboration and office digitisation based on Microsoft® technologies, including SharePoint®. S2IX provides the technology tooling and information management capabilities in a secure structured architecture to deliver you a highly capable Enterprise Information Management (EIM) platform that can scale and deploy from the smallest platform to the very largest of Organisations.

Search 365: Search365 is at the forefront of artificial intelligence, with skills across advanced search algorithms, machine learning and massive expertise in natural language processing and text analytics. We’ve been experts in search and deep learning products since 2007, so Australian Government organisations and large enterprises trust us to build and support their mission-critical search and AI systems.

Servian: Servian is one of Australia’s leading consulting companies with strong focus on data.  We have over 250 consultants engaged by 70+ clients across Australia and New Zealand, strongly supported by our offshore partner located in Bangalore. Our professional services include Advisory, Consulting and Managed Services, spanning Data & Analytics, Digital, Customer Engagement, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud.

SixPivot: SixPivot are a leading Microsoft Gold Partner and ISV who have partnered with UK based Black Marble the innovators behind tuServ to bring this ground-breaking technology to Australia.  Developed with operational police officers for operational officers, tuServ is a revolutionary approach to digitising modern policing. tuServ is a platform that synthesises and consolidates information from all backend systems into one easy to use platform, with real time information, access to back office systems, including federated searches and collaboration.  Incorporating mixed reality, the Scene of Crime application allows for crime scene investigators to capture digital evidence and place virtual markers without disturbing the physical scene and potentially tainting evidence.

Sitecore: Sitecore is the global leader in customer experience management that lets marketers own the experience they deliver to their customers and prospects. Sitecore delivers highly relevant content and personalized digital experiences that delight audiences, build loyalty, and drive revenue. More than 4,600 of the world’s leading brands — including American Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, easyJet, and L’Oréal — trust Sitecore to help them deliver the meaningful interactions that win customers for life.

SUSE: SUSE® provides and supports enterprise-grade Linux and open source solutions with exceptional service, value and flexibility. With partners and communities, we innovate, adapt and deliver secure Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage software to create solutions for mixed enterprise IT environments.

Telstra Health: Telstra Health provides technology solutions that connect healthcare providers with patients and each other and help improve the quality, efficiency and security of health services in Australia. We provide software applications, open platforms and data security services to the pharmacy, hospital, primary, diagnostic, Indigenous health and aged, disability and community care sectors in Australia, as well as Government and insurance companies. We aim to be the technology provider of choice for the Australian healthcare sector empowering provider and payers to find better ways to serve patients in a connected world.

Thales: Take advantage of all that Azure has to offer with Thales Encryption Key Management. Are you holding back from taking full advantage of Microsoft Exchange and Office 360 in Azure because encryption key management seems insurmountable? With Thales’ comprehensive, on-premise, encryption key management service, you can now switch on Azure and enjoy the benefits.  Using Thales’ Crypto Key Solutions for web-based key lifecycle management as well as Thales Hardware Security Modules, our fully managed service generates, stores, wraps, and exports keys to the cloud – taking away all of the associated pains of managing and refreshing keys, whilst ensuring full control of keys on your premise.

Unisys: Unisys is a global information technology company that builds high-performance, security-centric solutions for the most digitally demanding businesses and governments on Earth. Unisys offerings include security software and services; digital transformation and workplace services; industry applications and services; and innovative software operating environments for high-intensity enterprise computing. Together, Unisys and Microsoft are transforming businesses worldwide. Unisys is excited to be an official launch partner for the new Microsoft Azure Central Region. By enabling protected workloads in the cloud, Unisys and Microsoft can deliver more flexible, cost efficient and trusted solutions to help our clients deliver their digital transformation roadmap.

Veritas Technologies: Veritas Technologies empowers businesses of all sizes to discover the truth in information—their most important digital asset. Using the Veritas platform, customers can accelerate their digital transformation and solve pressing IT and business challenges including multi-cloud data management, data protection, storage optimization, compliance readiness and workload portability—with no cloud vendor lock-in. Eighty-six percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Veritas today to reveal data insights that drive competitive advantage.

Veritec: Veritec is the trusted partner for transformation in the Australian public sector. As a Microsoft Gold partner with over 120 specialists, we are the only Canberra based FastTrack for Azure partner, with significant experience in assisting government organisations to move successfully to the cloud. Having over 200 engagements in government over the last two years, Veritec helps government organisations optimise operations, empower employees, drive innovation and deliver value to their citizens with improved services through Microsoft technologies. Services include; Azure migrations, cloud discovery, our Azure Kick-Start program, Azure Assessments and educational workshops to empower your digital transformation. Veritec partners with your organisation to successfully achieve your digital transformation.

VMWare: VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™ on Microsoft Azure provides a single platform for delivering virtualized Windows applications and shared desktop sessions from Windows Server instances using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) running in Microsoft Azure. With Horizon Cloud, you can publish business critical Windows apps alongside SaaS and mobile apps and desktops in a single digital workspace, easily accessed with single sign-on from any authenticated device or operating system.

Wardy IT: WARDY IT Solutions’ Azure Database Elevation is designed to enable government departments to seamlessly migrate their existing database workloads to Azure.  Our security cleared and Microsoft Certified team assist to modernise the SQL Server platform through a proven methodology that enables operational excellence and de-risks the migration to the cloud.

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