StarHub in cloud deal for the public sector

StarHub in cloud deal for the public sector

STARHUB last week announced that it has teamed up with a number of top vendors to provide public cloud services to the government over its IaaS - Infrastructure- as-a-Service - platform for enterprises, called "Argonar".

The company formed the strategic partnership to meet the requirements for the tender - IDAT1060 - that the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) had put out in July for the supply of cloud services to government departments.

This service will be distinct from the already announced G-Cloud service. While the government's G-Cloud initiative has received much publicity, IDAT1060 has virtually fallen under the radar.

G-Cloud, which will be run by Singapore Telecommunications, is a private cloud environment for the government while the IDAT1060 tender caters to a more public cloud environment where government agencies and participating bodies can place non-sensitive computing workloads.

Besides StarHub, five other companies are also setting up parallel cloud networks for government entities to choose from. They are: CrimsonLogic, Alatum, PTC Systems, NewMedia Express and aZaaS.

StarHub is partnering Huawei Technologies, Accenture, Symantec Singapore and Trend Micro Singapore, to provide a range of management, technology and security solutions for government agencies that utilise its Argonar IaaS platform for non-sensitive computing workloads that do not need to reside within the government's G-Cloud environment.

Speaking to BizIT, StarHub's Sunny Tan said the company is pleased to be included in IDA's list of public cloud service providers "for reference by government organisations, that helps them to quickly roll out services in the cloud".

Mr Tan, who is StarHub's assistant VP of enterprise business group - solutions, added: "StarHub is proud to collaborate with our long-term partners who are the best-in-class technology providers to set up a secure, high-performance delivery framework and offer an end-to-end managed cloud services."

He noted that the Argonar IaaS runs on StarHub's "ultra-fast, highly secure" Internet connectivity and has a flexible subscription-based usage pricing model. The platform is designed and built with Huawei's cloud computing infrastructure. "Argonar offers organisations a high performance, reliable, scalable and secure public cloud platform that meets their constantly demanding computing and storage needs," Mr Tan added.

For customers who need managed cloud services like server, database and application management, StarHub has partnered Accenture to bring a suite of remotely managed IT services that allows customers to scale their operations easily without adding more headcounts to perform these tasks, Mr Tan added.

Symantec is a leader in systems security and backup and "we have partnered them in this tender to bring the same industry-leading capabilities into a cloud delivery model", the StarHub official noted.

Trend Micro will be providing a managed data and storage encryption service, whereby the encryption/decryption keys are held by the customer themselves or hosted out of Trend Micro's global facilities.

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