Telstra has announced its plans to create a cloud environment built specifically for federal, state and local government, catering for the adoption of cloud services within the public sector in Australia. The Government Cloud which will be strictly hosted in Australia for data sovereignty and safety, is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2015.
According to Telstra, the new environment will significantly increase the ability of government organizations to access highly secure and compliant cloud services and help achieve their cloud first policy objectives across both 'UNCLASSIFIED and PROTECTED' level data. It also complements previous collaborative initiatives such as the investment in the Federal Government Managed Secure Network Gateway, which allows agencies to connect securely, said Telstra.
Telstra added that it has a dedicated security approved team operating its secure service desk operations to government, and operates a Government Accredited Secure Facility to provide proactive network security for customers’ cloud networks, data, applications and devices.