SA government cloud rolled out to first client

January 7th, 2019, Published in Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) embarked on infrastructure modernisation to re-engineer its digital environment into modern facilities, including the introduction of cloud capability. It has now implemented the next key phase in creating this ecosystem, building its biggest cloud infrastructure to date, in partnership with Huawei, IBM and Gijima.

SITA’s cloud computing programme gave rise to the government private cloud ecosystem, a connected and fully orchestrated cloud computing platform. Also known as the cloud foundation infrastructure, it allows the management of cloud resources and workload, irrespective of their location in the ecosystem.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was the agency’s first cloud client that accepted a proposal for infrastructure as a service, and signed off the completed project on 23 October 2018. The DHET is a 100% cloud customer – showing the DHET and SITA’s commitment towards modernising the government’s information technology space for improved service delivery.

The agency began building its government private cloud ecosystem in 2014, and has capacitated in-house cloud sites in KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, the Western Cape and Gauteng. The agency believes the decision to move to the cloud fixes many existing infrastructure challenges, including addressing the cost and inefficiency of multiple stand-alone data centres, client-specific server infrastructure, upfront capacity expenditure to cater for peaks and growth, and keeping up with the proliferation of technologies.

As more government departments start using the new cloud platform, it is expected that staff and citizens will see a tangible improvement in government service delivery, capability and service, built on a foundation of modern infrastructure and toolsets, and agile systems. The SITA-government cloud journey will also translate into increased security, productivity, efficiency and service delivery, as well as high availability (across devices and at any time).

Contact SITA, Tel 012 482-3000,

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