Revera and Datacom have been named as the successful bidders for the New Zealand Government’s ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service’ contract. Data centre services will be procured from the companies upon an ‘on-demand’ basis, and the scheme is expected to save the government $50-250 million over 10 years. The Department of Internal Affairs considers the contracts to be “the first step towards government cloud computing”.
Optus has won a $7.9 million deal to supply telecommunications services to the electorate offices of Commonwealth Members of Parliament. The contract, signed with the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), will continue through until April 2012.
Meanwhile CSG has won a contract to supply ICT goods and services into these offices. The contract is worth $2.7 million and supply will continue through to June 2012.
A survey of 207 CIOs and ICT managers across Australia, conducted by Microsoft and Fujitsu, has found that Cloud Computing is deemed the most important new technology on today’s CIO agenda. It also found that nearly all CIOs consider the NBN to be important, but that interest has declined in VOIP, and that Social Networking is widely considered to be over-hyped.
IT News has reported that the tri-partite split of ICT shared services in the Queensland Government will result in ICT costs across the state’s public sector being $5 million a year greater.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is looking to hire a new Deputy Secretary, who will oversee the department’s corporate functions. James Flintoft is currently acting in the position.