A multi-vendor community of local IT software and service providers operating under a newly-launched initiative called the Stack Alliance is promoting ICT stack choice and flexibility to public sector buyers of Government Infrastructure as a Service.
Aligned to cross-government IaaS panel provider Revera, the Stack Alliance includes more than 20 partners, who work under a memorandum of understanding to deliver services springing from Revera’s IaaS platform.
Revera general manager Robin Cockayne says the Stack Alliance gives public sector buyers of laaS the option to blend the additional services and technology required to develop and integrate cloud deployments.
“Time and again, one-stop-shop delivery fails to measure up to the promises,” he says. “I think disappointment will only worsen as the cloudscape changes, because fluid virtual environments must draw solutions from many places. It’s all about keeping options open.”
Revera’s Homeland IaaS platform and Government IaaS catalogue of utility and data management services anchor Stack Alliance partner services further up the IT stack, operating above infrastructure.
Current Stack Alliance partners include CommVault, Diversus, NorthSouth GIS, Eagle Technology, Enterprise IT, SQL Services, Intergen, Provoke, Fusion5, Parklane, SMX, Shift, Fronde, HP, Fujitsu, Gen-i, Mobile Mentor, Red Rocks, Simpl, Theta, KPMG, HCL, Dell, Oracle, NetApp, VMware, and Microsoft New Zealand.
Cockayne says the Stack Alliance, which recently unveiled its website at www.stackalliance.co.nz, provides a new opportunity for local IT service providers who aren’t currently participating in government buying panels to stay engaged with government projects.
He said Revera’s IaaS neutrality was the cornerstone of the Stack Alliance and distinguished Revera’s IaaS offering for the opportunity it presented to Government IaaS buyers to remain supplier agile, as hybrid cloud solutions evolved and ICT capabilities developed.
“IaaS selection impacts future options further up the ICT stack, where flexibility is paramount. No single provider has all the best answers. It’s simply not possible when cloud-based computing keeps evolving and elements in the computing stack change,” he says.
“A neutral IaaS provider with multiple existing partnerships keeps options open and offers more choices than one-stop-shop providers, who are naturally isolated from potential non-IaaS solution providers.”