Today, Equinix Managed Services Netherlands is releasing a cloud environment for local governments. The Municipality of Cloud offers municipalities a platform with which they can innovate safely and flexibly. It should also connect them directly to cloud providers and government networks.

The Equinix Municipality Cloud has to bring the services close to citizens and employees and thus help the municipalities to offer an optimal service. Equinix Municipality Cloud makes it possible to reduce management and investment costs while increasing flexibility and innovation speed. The launch will take place during the Digital Event 2018 in Mediaplaza in Utrecht.

Laws and regulations

According to product manager Benno Kuijper of Equinix Managed Services, switching to the cloud is a requirement for municipalities if they want to serve their citizens and other organisations they work with well. However, deploying the cloud is complicated. After all, municipalities have to comply with extensive rules on privacy and security. Together with the Municipality of Cloud, Equinix is thinking about answering these questions and helping municipalities to make the digital switchover safely and easily at their own pace.

As a virtual private cloud platform, Equinix Municipality Cloud is also designed to meet the wishes and requirements of municipalities. This allows municipalities to store privacy-sensitive information in accordance with Dutch laws and regulations. In combination with the public cloud, it also offers the possibility to scale a digital infrastructure to the maximum, to innovate and to link it directly to government agencies and other municipalities.

First in the cloud

The municipality of Molenwaard is the first Dutch municipality to place its IT infrastructure in the Equinix Municipality Cloud. It has closed its own on-premise data centres and transferred all systems to both Equinix City Cloud and the Azure cloud platform. As a result, Molenwaard is even able to operate without a town hall.

Kuijper: With this cloud solution, civil servants always have access to all the necessary information and citizens no longer have to report to a counter if they want to apply for a passport. Many things can be arranged at home from the bank, and for matters such as a building permit application, the official goes to the citizens.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.