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Government 'Infrastructure as a Service' Contracts Awarded


25 October 2011

Supplier contracts for Government Infrastructure as a Service have been confirmed today by the Department of Internal Affairs with the appointment of Datacom and Revera.

Government Infrastructure as a Service enables agencies to buy their computing infrastructure 'on demand." This reduces the need for agencies to purchase and maintain their own infrastructure (IT hardware used to run their applications, file storage and other standard ICT functions.)

Government Infrastructure as a Service is the first step towards government cloud computing, in which an increasing range of services can be provided using this ‘on demand’ model.

Peter Mersi, Acting Chief Executive for the Department of Internal Affairs says this procurement syndicate, led by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Ministry for Economic Development (MED) will save an estimated $50-250 million over 10 years, and is part of government-wide procurement reforms.

"Today marks a significant milestone in Government’s progress on the ICT Roadmap. Infrastructure as a Service is a huge achievement that will save the taxpayer millions while providing government with leading edge technology. This is just the beginning – we’ll be seeing more initiatives like this rolled out in the next 12 months," says Peter Mersi.

The Government Infrastructure as a Service initiative is aligned with the 2010 Directions and Priorities for Government ICT and now forms an integral part of the Government ICT Roadmap, launched in August 2011.

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Media contact
Victoria Dew, Senior Communications Advisor, The Department of Internal Affairs 021 755 983 victoria.dew@dia.govt.nz