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Microsoft picks Veritec to operate modernisation factory for AU fed govts

19 Sep 2018

Veritec has been given the right to operate Microsoft’s Modernisation Factory specifically for Government and critical infrastructure providers in Australia.  This will help accelerate the pace at which agencies and enterprises can transition workloads to Microsoft Azure and digitally transform their operations. The approach to market was one of Microsoft’s largest and most comprehensive request for services to be conducted in Australia for the delivery of cloud modernisation and workload migrations, to be provided under the Microsoft Consulting Services banner.  Veritec has security cleared resources, a Microsoft partnership, Microsoft-certified staff and technical skills underpinning its cloud Modernisation Factory offering for government and critical infrastructure. The Modernisation Factory will provide Veritec and Microsoft customers with a cost-effective, repeatable and quality service to update and future-proof legacy IT workloads.  The Modernisation Factory will focus initially on modernising operating systems, databases and application workloads running on a Microsoft platform, as well as migrating supported workloads into the Microsoft Azure cloud, with additional services to come online in the near future. Veritec and Microsoft want to support customers as they modernise and migrate to the cloud, allowing them to take advantage of the Protected Certification awarded to Azure by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD); in particular, the new Azure Central Regions in Canberra. Veritec will establish the Modernisation Factory in partnership with Microsoft in Australia.

As part of the Modernisation Factory, Microsoft will provide Veritec with access to Microsoft’s standardised IP and methodologies.  Veritec general manager Marty Holden says, “We are delighted to partner with Microsoft Consulting Services and to have been selected as the Azure migration partner for Government in handling these workload modernisation activities.    “We also look forward to working with the Microsoft global delivery team using their proven methodologies to modernise our joint customers’ applications using Microsoft tools, processes and IP.”

Microsoft Australia public service director George Stavrakakis says, “Technology analyst Gartner has forecast that investment in public cloud services will surge by 18.5% in Australia this year. “This reflects the growing appetite for the scalability, reliability, security and performance that a cloud such as Microsoft Azure delivers.   “We are delighted to work with Veritec to help our customers transform their workloads and accelerate their migration to the cloud with the Modernisation Factory.”   Veritec apps and infra executive Alex Dalwood says, “Veritec will utilise the Modernisation Factory for our own customers helping them move to the cloud.

“We will be using the same standardised structure and methods we have developed with Microsoft, ensuring a successful modernisation.

"We look forward to applying the collective knowledge of Veritec and Microsoft to deliver outcomes for all our customers," Dalwood says.   As part of the multi-year contract, Veritec will deploy a production line, featuring fixed price and repetitive processes for validation and design of Azure infrastructure.   Besides operating the Modernisation Factory for Microsoft, Veritec will be providing these cloud modernisation services directly to the Australian market, with additional managed services options available for extended support. 

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