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Australia inks governmentwide cloud deal with AWS

Australia has signed a whole-of-government cloud contract with Amazon Web Services.

The volume-sourcing agreement will "ensure government agencies have ready access to the best pricing, terms and conditions," Stuart Robert, Australia's minister for government services, said.

Many Australian government agencies already have individual contracts with AWS, Robert said. "The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions through efficiencies of scale."

The agreement is part of the government’s agenda to make IT procurement simpler, clearer and faster for agencies and industry. The deal covers government agencies, which now must use this contract for AWS products and services. State and territorial agencies and departments, as well as public universities and government-controlled corporations, can also buy cloud products and services from the contract.

"Over a number of years, aggregated procurement has allowed us to leverage the bulk-buying power of the government to negotiate consistent and improved terms and conditions," Robert said. "The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions through efficiencies of scale."

Volume sourcing agreements have also been established with SAP, Microsoft, Concur and IBM.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at [email protected] or @sjaymiller.


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