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New Zealand Government appoints IBM to ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ Panel
Posted on 2-Jun-2012 08:39. | Tags Filed under: News.

IBM New Zealand has been appointed to the panel of suppliers to provide data centre housing and hosting, utility computing, backup, storage and transition services to government agencies. The ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ initiative is a key component of the government ICT Roadmap, and seeks greater productivity and value from the government’s ICT spend and a higher quality of experience for New Zealanders using and accessing government services.

Under this agreement, which is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs, IBM as a panellist will have the opportunity to provide a suite of services including ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) to government agencies and departments who have signed on to the service. The agreement is for 10 years with an option to extend for a further five years.

Government agencies that select IBM’s IaaS solution will have the opportunity to realise cost savings from a reduction in their operating expenses, especially as fixed costs convert to fully flexible costs through the ability to switch environments on and off quickly and by avoiding
capital expenditure on servers, storage and data centre premises.

“IBM looks forward to working closely with the government agencies to provide data centre services and ultimately support high quality experiences for New Zealanders using and accessing government services,” said Jennifer Moxon, Managing Director, IBM New Zealand.

“As a global leader in cloud and data centre services, IBM invests significant resources into cloud research and development. We are delighted that the outcomes of this research and development can now be leveraged locally. This partnership demonstrates how New Zealanders can benefit and prosper through global technology applied locally."

IBM’s IaaS offering is an agile cloud infrastructure designed to provide quick access to a security-rich, enterprise-class virtual server environment. All services will be available for consumption from IBM’s new $80 million state-of-the-art Data Centre at Highbrook Business Park as well as IBM’s Data Centre at Petone.

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