NEXTDC Limited and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company and the world's leading cloud computing provider, today announced that NEXTDC’s C1 Canberra data centre will be the newest data centre hosting location for AWS Direct Connect, providing low-latency, secure access directly to the AWS cloud.
The announcement is a first in the Canberra market, and will enable Federal government and other organisations to take full advantage of AWS to deliver applications and digital services to Australians – at scale in a highly secure environment. C1 will also play a significant role in the growth of Cloud-based economic activity in regional Australia by enabling new business models and bringing innovation to the delivery of digital government services.
C1 Canberra is the fourth AWS Direct Connect point of presence in Australia and the second outside Sydney, delivering important geo-redundancy for service durability.
Delivering improved government services
Andrew Phillips, AWS Australia and New Zealand Public Sector Country Manager, said; “The launch of the AWS Direct Connect service out of NEXTDC’s Canberra data centre will enable our Federal and ACT government customers to connect the hyper-scale AWS Cloud and run synchronous replication across independent zones, helping to ensure government data is managed securely – with high resilience. This in turn will help government agencies deliver improved services to Australian citizens, who increasingly rely on digital services for their interactions with government.”
“This announcement is also great news for the Australian IT community as it will play a key role in enabling better services and access to a skills base that is wider than ever before.”
AWS a cross connect away
AWS’s Canberra-based customers can access AWS Direct Connect through a cross connect service at C1, enabling NEXTDC customers to fully integrate their cloud services and internal applications into a seamless hybrid cloud deployment, where applications and workloads can be moved as needed between private, public and on-premises platforms.
AWS Direct Connect provides an alternative to using the public internet to access AWS Cloud services by establishing private, low latency network connections to help increase the performance, reliability and security of their AWS applications and workloads.
Craig Scroggie, CEO, NEXTDC commented, “We’re very pleased that NEXTDC is in the select group of the world’s leading colocation providers chosen by AWS to host a Direct Connect location.”
“AWS Direct Connect adds to the services NEXTDC already provides to government agencies under the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel. Connectivity to the protected ICON network is available at C1, allowing government agencies to connect to C1 for their data centre needs and securely access a host of additional cloud services, such as AWS.”
Boost to regional IT a win for communities
“AWS Direct Connect is the latest service our expanding partner community can offer to the ACT to support the Federal Government’s ICT transformation,” continued Mr Scroggie. “In combination, NEXTDC’s industry-leading colocation and our partners’ diverse cloud services represent a compelling offer to our government customers.”
Liam O'Duibhir, Director, 2pi Software, a Bega-based regional software start-up and AWS Partner, said, “This is welcome news for regional ICT service providers like 2pi Software in Bega. High-skill devops-savvy system administrators and software engineers can capitalise on the full suite of AWS infrastructure deployment, automation, monitoring and security tools to manage large global operations from a rural idyll near George Mountain, or looking out over the Bermagui coastline.”
“With the arrival of an AWS Direct Connect presence in Canberra, the immense power of the Amazon Web Services’ suite of services can be leveraged by tech companies in rural and regional NSW and the ACT to upskill local kids via code nights, hackathons and start-up camps to provide an enormous boost to the job prospects and career opportunities of regional youth.”