Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just signed a 3-year deal with the Commonwealth of Australia, which allows all federal, state, territory agencies and departments to access all AWS Cloud services through a procurement model.
The AUS$39 million ($27M USD) deal also covers universities and government-controlled corporations and will help the Australian government agencies to avoid the need for separate contract terms and multiple administrative steps across departments when purchasing cloud services.
“This agreement makes it easier for Australian government agencies to procure AWS services
and speed time to value,”
Peter Moore, Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.
“By eliminating barriers that have traditionally bogged down government technology procurement, the Whole-of-Government agreement enables agencies to invest more time and resources on their core missions, rather than on negotiating contracts.”
Coupled with the PROTECTED certification awarded by the Australian Cyber Security Centre in January 2019 to AWS Sydney, this agreement is set to help government agencies to migrate highly sensitive workloads and applications to the AWS Asia Pacific Sydney region.
This certification is currently the highest available security level approved by the federal government of Australia. Ahead of AWS, Microsoft had attained this certification in April 2018 which makes it the first cloud giant with such qualification.
“Government agencies regularly engage AWS services, each with separate contracts. The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions through efficiencies of scale,”
Stuart Robert, Australian Minister for government services.
“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.”
Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it will, however, provide Australian agencies with a consistent approach to access and use all the AWS services in any of its 66 Availability Zones across 21 regions globally.