Palmerston North City Council has initiated a hybrid cloud strategy using hyperconverged IT infrastructure from Nutanix that, according to Nutanix, will reduce its outage risk and improve the digital services it provides to its 90,000 citizens.
Nutanix says that, previously, the council suffered one or two system outages per month resulting from a variety of factors including weather emergencies and legacy infrastructure, leaving citizens unable to use many of the digital services they have come to rely on, including utilities, dog registration and online bill and fee payments.
“Since the deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, assisted by trusted IT partner BEarena, these issues are a thing of the past,” Nutanix says.
“The move has also enabled disaster recovery, providing added security in important areas such as financial applications. Nutanix also supports almost all systems and applications, including SQL, Microsoft Exchange and Ozone, a local government-specific suite of business-critical apps used by city councils throughout New Zealand.”
Palmerston North has also begun using the public cloud for certain applications such as long-term archiving and field apps.
James Rowe, technology architect at Palmerston North City Council, said Nutanix had provided a reliable platform on which the council can run these services while also increasing IT performance and allowing it to focus on improving services to citizens.
“Uptake of public cloud services in NZ has been slow compared with many other region. It’s catching up now, and we see it as an important part of our long-term strategy,” Rowe said.
“But many of our services will always need to remain under our roof, so a hybrid approach is essential and Nutanix will be a partner in getting that balance right.”
Nutanix said a combination of reduced outages, better performance and a simpler user interface, achieved with its technology, had enabled Palmerston North’s 15-strong IT team to focus on delivering better outcomes for its departments and developing new digital services for the community.
Nutanix has also enabled Palmerston North to reduce IT power consumption by 80 percent and decrease the physical footprint of its data centre by the same margin. The council expects further savings when it adopts the Nutanix AHV hypervisor at a later date.
Last September Nutanix announced that Massey University had deployed Nutanix systems to handle its mission-critical student management system and in November it announced deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform by Flight Centre New Zealand.