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Forecast cloudy as Waikato Regional Council invites proposals

Forecast cloudy as Waikato Regional Council invites proposals

Major North Island Council looks for fault tolerance and security with a twist of cloud.

Waikaato Regional Council is exploring options for future ICT infrastructure, including public and private cloud.

Waikaato Regional Council is exploring options for future ICT infrastructure, including public and private cloud.

Waikato Regional Council is inviting vendors to pitch for ICT infrastructure hosting and cloud infrastructure services.

The council said the services could include, but may not be limited to, hosting physical servers, storage and backup systems and provision of private and/or public cloud infrastructure services.

However, it added, over time the selected service partner would help the council to shift from traditional on-premise infrastructure to cloud solutions when its existing servers and storage systems reach end-of-life or if other opportunities arise. 

The council said most of its services rely heavily on technology. Systems need to be secure, reliable, and efficient in order to provide high quality information and tools to staff, and enable efficient services for citizens, guests, and business partners.

"To ensure that all technology systems have adequate support and resilience, and to complement our internal ICT team, Waikato Regional Council wishes to engage with a services partner to host our physical server environment and file storage systems in a more resilient and fault tolerant environment, and to provide expertise and capabilities in the provision of private and/or public cloud infrastructure services as part of a ‘hybrid’ infrastructure environment," a request for proposal said.

Potential partners should understand the needs of local government and the "public impacts and perceptions that are associated with providing council services".

"We have specialised and experienced staff in EDRMS support, applications support, web services/database support, and service desk to manage our wide range of hardware, applications and client-level incidents and requests," the council said.

"The engagement of an infrastructure service partner is intended to supplement this resource, add new areas of expertise and upskill our internal staff in new capabilities."

The deadline for proposals is 14th August.


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