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NTUC First Campus makes cloud computing debut with Fujitsu

Jack Loo | Sept. 26, 2013
The childcare services provider moved from a traditional data centre to a Fujitsu IaaS platform.

Singapore's NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) childcare services arm NTUC First Campus (NFC) has migrated its IT infrastructure to Fujitsu's Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform.

NFC operates over 100 childcare centres in Singapore and is known as the largest childcare provider in Singapore. According to Fujitsu, NFC is the first educational agency to host its infrastructure in its IaaS platform.

"Cloud computing represents the opportunity for us to transform our infrastructure even as we rapidly grow our network of childcare centres," said Lim Chai Seng, Head of Information Technology at NFC.

"The infrastructure is now more effective and responsive to business requirements and, promises flexibility, lower operating costs and managed risk."

Originally hosted in a data centre, NFC's new infrastructure is hosted in data centres based in Singapore. The deal will last three years.

Fujitsu also is implementing its Desktop Management Services (DMS) to manage NFC's centres as part of the partnership. With child registration and enrolment expected to increase by 50 percent over the next few years, Fujitsu said its DMS will help NFC manage a diverse range of technology tools and respond to an expected increase in capacity. A team of engineers from Fujitsu provides 24x7 support for the implementation, which also includes a monitoring system architecture, replications and disaster recovery services.

"Seeing how this is a big step for NTUC First Campus since this marks the first time it embarks on cloud computing, it was evident that we could not develop the platform with an "one size fits all" approach. It had to be customised in order to support NTUC First Campus' rapid growth, its current technological needs and more importantly, to ensure a smooth migration from its previous data centre," said David Chee, Country Head for Managed Services, Fujitsu Singapore.

"The key to this successful deployment was a result of ongoing communication and collaboration with NTUC First Campus," added Chee.

Further enhancements to the unified platform are also underway as discussions on other projects for network and application services are in progress. The success of this partnership thus far has resulted in NFC hosting their contact centre system within Fujitsu's data centre facility.

"It was important for us to work with a partner who is able to provide us with the capability to support the technological needs when we open a new centre and at the same time, ensure the ongoing maintenance and management of our existing centres," said NFC's Lim.

"Fujitsu's attentiveness and responsiveness to our requirements have resulted in the development of an infrastructure which addressed both our business and technological objectives," said Lim.


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