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Adelaide Festival Centre’s show stopping journey to the cloud

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AFC 510x340.jpgAs part of a $90 million five-year redevelopment program, the Adelaide Festival Centre – South Australia’s premier arts venue for theatre, dance and music –  became the state’s first government agency to move 100 per cent of its servers to the cloud.


The redevelopment program is a once in a generation opportunity to create a game-changing public space that will attract the biggest and best events, better support presenters, and reward patrons with unforgettable cultural experiences.


Updating the Centre’s IT infrastructure was a critical step in bringing this vision to life, providing the venue with the flexibility needed to meet the changing demands of patrons and employees in more engaging ways.


So how did Adelaide Festival Centre do it?


Partner for success


Adelaide Festival Centre partnered with Optus Business to draw on our experience of navigating significant digital transformations. More and more, companies are realising external specialist help is vital when dealing with critical business processes, such as data security and legacy system replacement.


At Optus Business, we have the benefit of strong long-term relationships with leading international vendors to create the right solutions for specific business needs.


For the Adelaide Festival Centre, we worked with Optus-owned systems integrator, Ensyst to deliver the most efficient, customer-centric solution possible.


Identify key business requirements


The next step was to figure out Adelaide Festival Centre’s key IT and business requirements. By working together, three needs were identified:


  • Create a more agile workforce
  • Lower risk and IT costs
  • Replicate on-premise capabilitiesThe Clover Club 550x367.jpg


Choose the right tools


With the key requirements in mind, Optus Business and Ensyst determined the Centre would benefit most from a hybrid cloud environment.


Hybrid cloud architecture provides a perfect foundation for a company’s digital transformation as it creates a highly flexible, scalable IT platform with greater data security, while also helping keep costs down.


Not only was this the first time a government agency in South Australia had moved 100 per cent of its servers to the cloud, Adelaide Festival Centre’s migration was one of the first global deployments of Microsoft’s Azure Linux to the cloud.


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Less legacy, more freedom


This ground-breaking project means Adelaide Festival Centre now has the freedom and agility needed to shine on the world stage. The venue has a range of new capabilities that make it more relevant, competitive and productive than ever before – such as the ability to scale servers up or down to meet the changing levels of site visits and tickets sales.


The beauty of undergoing such a complete digital transformation means the organisation can worry less about messy infrastructure and focus on the things that matter: providing world-class customer experiences.


 Download the Adelaide Festival Centre Customer Story here.


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If 100% of servers go to the cloud - how is it hybrid ?