Datacom has joined the Australian Government Information Management Office’s Data Centre as a Service Multi Use List as a provider for agencies seeking to procure cloud and cloud-like services.

The establishment of the Multi Use List is part of the Australian government’s Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025 and will be in place for two years from October 2012.

Contracts under this arrangement are limited to $80,000 and terms of up to 12 months.

Datacom is one of thirty-five leading providers who will supply a range of cloud services from Virtual Desktops and Servers, to Disaster Recovery and Managed Backups, to eTendering packages and online collaboration tools.

John Sheridan, First Assistant Secretary, Agency Services at the AGIMO said, “Data Centre as a Service (DCaaS) is the next logical step in our whole Data Centre Strategy. We have worked closely with industry to both simplify procurement of and reduce transaction costs for cloud and cloud-like services while still meeting the necessary procurement requirements.“

This is a win-win for all parties, and ensures that agencies are able to procure cost effective cloud services with a minimum of administrative overhead.

The chief executive of Datacom, Peter Wilson says: “Datacom was selected based on its amply demonstrated experience and understanding of cloud services.”
“We bring genuine Government cloud experience, capacity and demonstrated capability to provide the required levels of security and confidence to deliver cloud services to Government.”

Datacom clearly showed its capability and scale within the required Cloud services space based on previous experience across Australia and New Zealand. This provided the Government the confidence to include Datacom on the MUL.

The MUL brings tangible benefits to Agencies such as streamlining procurement of ICT services, and reducing Agency procurement overheads and reduce the costs of the procured services.

This suite of capabilities adds to Datacom’s current Federal Datacentre services panel agreement, a five-year agreement in place until 2016 to provide datacentre services to Federal or State Government Agencies.

Datacom also sits on the Australian branch of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) as well as working with Standards Australia, leading the latest Outsourcing Standards ISO/ PC-259 project.