Amazon web services pens state purchase contract with Vic Government

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The Victorian Government has entered a state purchase contract (SPC) with Amazon Web Services.  

The agreement over three years, replaced a 2014 enterprise agreement with the hyperscale cloud provider and gives all agencies a standardised way to buy more than 200 AWS cloud services, IT News reports. 

The contract, the standardised terms and conditions that will be available to Victorian councils, administrative offices and other government entities and the standardised terms and conditions that come with it, even if through a reseller.

The Victorian Government released it’s Digital Strategy 2021-2026 which has vowed to “Improve procurement and making it easier to do business with the private sector and non-government organisations.”

A spokesperson for AWS told iTnews “customer affiliates” only entered into contracts under the SPC – the company’s first with the Victorian government – at the start of June.

“The new arrangement will facilitate streamlined and consistent contracting for all eligible Victorian government agencies,” the spokesperson to IT News, 

“The centralised agreement will help agencies save costs from the day they sign up due to the economies of scale achieved from the aggregated procurement.”

Announcing the deal in a blog post, AWS A/NZ public sector country director Iain Rouse said the deal would result in the “accelerated delivery of new cloud-based services”.

It is understood five of the state’s nine government departments using the new contract since November.

The Victorian Government’s strategy backs the prioritisation of “cloud by design” for platforms and infrastructure. 

“This agreement helps accelerate delivery of those [digital strategy]outcomes by enabling Victorian government customers to innovate faster on behalf of citizens of Victoria,” Rouse told IT News.

In June, AWS secured a $57,6 million deal with the NSW Department of Customer Service for $57.6 million over three years, IT News reported.

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