Optus nurses health provider to cloud


Optus has added another corporate customer to its cloud computing roster, with South Australia’s Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) signing up to use the telco’s facility to support its disaster recovery functions.

Along with rivals such as Telstra, Fujitsu, CSC and recently HP, Optus launched its own cloud computing infrastructure last year, aiming to deliver an infrastructure as a service solution based in Australia to local organisations. All of the major local cloud computing providers have announced their first customers on the services, with the first to trial the Optus cloud being Curtin University and property services company Savills. Now Optus can add another name to that list – one of its existing customers has adopted its cloud solutions.

In a statement, the telco said RDNS, which is a not-for-profit organisation delivering community-based healthcare, had recently kicked off a project to consolidate four primary business facilities into a single head office in Keswick, South Australia. “This new Head Office will serve as the central hub for support functions and services such as IT, Telephony and its Contact Centre, and will also support ten smaller satellite branch locations delivering metropolitan community,” said Optus.

“Rather than procure additional IT equipment, RDNS will use the Optus Cloud as its secondary virtual disaster recovery facility from April. It will support failover and failback processes for more than 20 core business applications should RDNS’ primary site go down. Using the online self-service portal, RDNS will be able to self-orchestrate its disaster recovery site and deploy resources/services as needed.”

Jodie Rugless, the chief information officer of RDNS, said the telco provided “a more cost-effective disaster recovery solution” that would give the healthcare provider full server protection, and the ability to execute failover/failback within minutes rather than hours.

After the flurry of announcements last year, it has been several months since the largest Australian cloud providers announced any major customers. Telstra is known to have signed up industrial equipment manufacturer Kohmatsu, as well as packaging giant Visy, and Fujitsu inked a deal with Toyota in February which will see the company its TUNE Dealership Management System used by dealerships across Australia onto the Japanese IT services giant’s systems.

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  1. Hey Renai,
    What are your thoughts on the Amazon EC2 outage over the weekend? Do you regards it as a blip on the road to total cloud domination, or do you think it could make people think twice about the public cloud?

    • Both … although I don’t believe many significant Australian organisations were using it, due to the lack of in-country datacentres. Quite a few startups were using it, but then those guys don’t like paying much for hosting anyway ;)

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