Australian Electoral Commission taps Amazon partner for $7.4m cloud migration

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Australian Electoral Commission taps Amazon partner for $7.4m cloud migration

SMS Management & Technologies has won a $7.4 million deal to transition the Australian Electoral Commission’s public websites to Amazon Web Services.

The deal includes the initial migration to AWS plus an ongoing managed services contract.

AEC’s websites were previously hosted in two tier-three Fujitsu data centres.

The government organisation is responsible for conducting federal elections, referendums and maintaining the election roll. An AEC spokesperson said a cloud solution was required for increased flexibility and scalability, especially during elections when the websites experience heavy traffic.

Murray Rosa, SMS director of managed services, said AEC was looking for a solution based on a pay-as-you-use model rather than paying for extra capacity ‘just in case’.

"This is a fantastic solution for all parties involved. AEC’s digital services are perfectly suited to a public cloud platform because of the varying demand,” said Rosa.

“SMS, together with AWS, were able to provide a highly secure, scalable and flexible solution that responds rapidly to the peak capacity demands required during an election period.”

SMS most recent major AWS migrations include the University of New South Wales and Seqwater.

Publicly listed IT services provider SMS reported a return to profit and record revenues of $356 million in the most recent financial year, under the rein of new chief executive Jacqueline Korhonen.

In her presentation to shareholders, Korhonen explained how SMS was working with hyperscale cloud providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure as the market demands shifted from "implementing solutions to long-term support and maintenance of these solutions... with clients looking for help in managing the complexity of multiple cloud and infrastructure environments.".

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