Spark-owned data centre and hosting provider Revera has secured a multi-year agreement with Auckland Council to deliver a platform to manage Council workloads across All of Government (AoG) infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), private and public clouds.
Revera’s CloudCreator hybrid cloud management portal will provide Council with dashboard controls to dynamically assign, manage and optimise services across AoG, public, and private clouds.
Council said its decision to move towards a hybrid cloud model takes advantage of both public cloud and private cloud opportunities including the AoG IaaS offering from Revera.
"There is a clear drive from Auckland Council to drive costs down in this space while retaining the appropriate level of service," Council head of ICT procurement Aaron Donaldson said. “We have been negotiating with our strategic supplier, Revera, regarding the opportunity to partner in the delivery of our hybrid cloud model.
"This partnership will allow Auckland Council to recognise immediate and significant cost savings to the ratepayer as well as work with a trusted provider to deliver the best value model going forward."
Revera head of innovation Keith Archibald said public clouds were an obvious destination for certain workloads, but local clouds would continue to carry out important work.
"It’s all about choice and control,” he said. “And that means connecting to leading in-country and public clouds in a way that puts Council in the driver’s seat – so they can choose the services that make best sense, manage access, consolidate bills, and keep track of everything – in one place."
The announcement comes after Reseller News reported Council was charting a path towards hybrid cloud because it was finding Revera's IaaS too expensive.
"In the last five years the market has shifted significantly with growing options for the provision of data centre services," a Council Strategic Procurement Committee agenda from April said. "Council has reviewed its current IaaS model with the market and believes the current model is too costly and restrictive in meeting the needs of Council."
As previously reported by Reseller News, Auckland Council spends more than $15 million a year with Revera. That has declined somewhat over the last year to around $12 million according to council spending disclosures.
Donaldson said Auckland Council is committed to its Revera partnership and looks forward to delivering "even better value for Auckland’s ratepayers" under the new deal.
The new partnership follows on from an AoG IaaS agreement signed between the Council and Revera in 2013, which saw the parties work together to consolidate 12 council data centres onto Revera's IaaS platform.