IBM has won the competitive tender to help facilitate the consolidation and standardisation of Defence ICT infrastructure.
The tender, released over a year ago was fragmented into a series of procurement sectors.
The two year agreement which has an option to extend for four more years centres on a collaborative effort to achieve more time, cost and operations efficient IT services; a goal set out in the Defence White Paper "Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030"
The standing offer with IBM includes the purchase of x86 servers and services.
Under the agreement IBM professional services will supply, assemble, install and relocate the servers as well provide maintenance for the existing server fleet.
The agreement will work towards the paper’s goals of strengthening of ICT domains and information network capabilities.
In a public statement, IBM's Defence and National Security general manager Murray Bruce has said; "Today's public sector environment needs smarter servers for a more dynamic infrastructure — one that can lower ownership costs with higher performance, simplify management and increase utilisation, and enable new paradigms such as cloud computing."
The agreement could drastically enhance IBM server sales, yet, the collaboration’s potential revenue is hard to determine.
This agreement with IBM replaces the department’s existing deal with Hewlett Packard.