Case Study:
University of Western Australia

Migration to cloud collaboration, driving the next wave of innovation.

Aligning Business objectives with technology transition.

"UWA can focus on what’s important – teaching, learning and research, not IT infrastructure management."

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. It has almost 24,000 students enrolled across nine faculties. 

A model of broad undergraduate studies followed by postgraduate professional qualifications is designed to produce well-rounded graduates, as well as provide additional entry opportunities for a wider range of students.

What was the challenge?

UWA's move to use Cloud services reflects the wider decision of many businesses re-evaluating the feasibility of managing infrastructure and IT internally. By 2012, as a result of the advances in Cloud Computing, 20% of businesses will no longer own or manage any IT infrastructure.

Why the move to the cloud?

  • Consistent management and control of IT infrastructure including the consolidation of just under 1,000 servers and performance storage for hundreds of terabytes of data.
  • Ensure higher availability of critical systems and reduction of risk in a devolved environment.
  • A more transparent view of usage data and other metrics.
  • Increase the ease with which students and staff can access data and facilitate research and inter-faculty collaboration on projects.

"Vocus was ready to deliver the hosted services we required, and most important, our data is stored in Perth using dedicated infrastructure (single tenant) under a private hosted services agreement. This puts us in the forefront of hosted compute and storage and frees us to concentrate on value added support for research, teaching and learning."

What was the outcome?

  • Students and staff can collaborate on projects seamlessly across faculties. This reinforces UWA’s renewed approach to teaching and learning and inter-faculty collaboration and courses.
  • UWA executives and senior management now control the university IT spend to a granular level and can plan and budget based on actual and anticipated usage, now and in the future. 
  • Students have access to a single data area, independent of faculty that can be accessed and shared across the web, from anywhere and via many different devices.
  • UWA can focus on what’s important – teaching, learning and research, not IT infrastructure management.