The SA federal government has named the initially 13 suppliers that will assistance its web hosting wants for up to the following six yrs by way of the state’s new $301.five million managed system expert services (MPS) panel.
An preliminary group of panellists, which contain world IT giants Datacom, Atos and Tata Consultancy Services, was uncovered in late December 2020 next a two-year procurement process.
Other new panellists contain Advent Just one, Blue Crystal Remedies, DWS, Iocane, DCI Facts Centres, Satalyst and Your DC, and – in accordance to a federal government spokesperson – 5G Community Functions, Facts#3 and NTT.
The appointments arrive as the federal government prepares to exit the federal government web hosting expert services organization, and as an alternative count much more intensely on exterior web hosting and cloud-primarily based company companies.
Empired is reportedly also on the panel, although the federal government – which predicted to publish agreements for every panel assistance afterwards this month – is however to show this on its tendering web site.
As lots of as 21 suppliers are predicted to join the MPS panel, which replaces the expired distributed computing assistance expert services (DCSS) agreement and the expiring web hosting company panel (HSP).
“A number of contracts are however to be executed, with 20 contracts predicted to be issued by the close of January 2021. The final remaining deal is likely to be finalised in February,” the spokesperson claimed
The previous DCSS deal with DXC and NEC, which was in location concerning 2007 and 2020, presented organizations with assistance for state-owned IT gear, although the 15-sturdy HSP panel was concentrated on web hosting.
As much as $267.five million is approximated to have been executed by way of the most latest incarnation of the DCSS arrangement, which ran concerning July 2014 and July 2020.
The HSP deal, which is predicted to expire in Oct 2021, is a $sixty five million panel.
The new MSP panel is predicted to fill a hole in the government’s procurement technique by letting organizations to invest in community cloud expert services or 3rd-social gathering management for these expert services.
Till now, although organizations have had access to private cloud methods by way of the HSP, there was “no centralised approach” to acquiring community cloud expert services from Microsoft, AWS or Google.
According to the state’s strategic procurement branch, the panel will go over “agency requirements for facts processing and storage throughout numerous platforms and configurations”.
This contains “physical, digital and cloud, managed and unmanaged web hosting, state-owned and provider-owned servers”.
The panel will consist of four company classes: state server management, hosted server management unmanaged co-spot hosted expert services and hyperscale cloud management.
Companies will be required to invest in expert services by way of the panel, although some expert services relating to state server management and hosted server management are optional.
iTnews has contacted the Department of the Leading and Cabinet to affirm the other suppliers appointed to the panel.