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G8 Education Limited (ASX: GEM) is a leading provider of quality care and education facilities across Australia and Singapore through a range of well-respected and recognised brands. G8 Education and Idea 11 have a long-standing relationship, achieving a full IT transformation into AWS, as well as other innovation initiatives that are empowering their growing business.

The Problem

In 2017, G8 Education embarked on a strategic review of their IT environment with a vision to transform to a flexible and scalable digital platform that could keep pace with the rapid growth of G8 and allow innovation. Their existing IT solution consisted of on-premises infrastructure with a remote backup/disaster recovery capability that was performing poorly and struggling to meet business requirements.

G8 Education needed an IT solution that was highly available, highly redundant and cost effective, servicing their businesses across Australia and Singapore.

The Solution

G8 Education engaged Idea 11 to design a new IT platform as the technology backbone of their business, that would fulfil their existing requirements and lay the foundations for future growth and innovation. The implemented design consisted of an underpinning AWS environment, leveraging true consumption-based compute, advanced perimeter security protected by next-gen Palo Alto Networks Firewalls and office productivity provided by Microsoft’s Office 365 suite.

Working closely together, by the end of 2017 all workloads had been migrated to AWS and legacy on-premises infrastructure had been either retired or replaced. As a result of this transition, G8 Education now benefits from a robust and highly available environment with greater visibility and control of IT costs. Since establishing a solid technical foundation in AWS, G8 Education has been able to leverage the vast number of AWS services to power their rapid innovation.

From the Customer

G8 has been working with Idea 11 for around 18 months," said David Griffith, Solution Manager at G8 Education. "Over this time Idea 11 have shown on numerous occasions their ability to understand our business, work with us on implementing solutions & supporting these solutions within a DevOps environment. Not only are they our managed service provider, they are a trusted extension of our IT team. They enable us to allocate specialist resources to solve difficult problems."


  • All-in cloud migration
  • Provided the IT platform for innovation and scale
  • Ability to call upon specialist resources
  • 24x7x365 IT operations and support

Implemented Technologies

  • AWS EC2
  • AWS S3
  • Amazon DirectConnect
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Palo Alto Networks Firewalls