Infrastructure as a Service
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a managed and hosted computing solution for government agencies containing 4 core services: data centre services, utility compute services, storage and back-up services.
IaaS service options include:
- nationwide data centre housing services
- utility compute services — a range of hypervisors (virtual machine monitors) such as VMWare, Oracle and Hyper-V
- storage options ranging from highly available, high performance, to archival storage.
- replication services
- back-up services for utility compute and co-location services
- public cloud compute and storage services.
Datacom, Revera and IBM are contracted to supply IaaS. Each supplier offers IaaS services on an as-a-service basis, with any up-front costs limited to service transition and service establishment activities.
Agencies have the flexibility to increase or reduce usage as required.
IaaS provides government agencies with access to cheaper ICT services, lower ICT delivery costs and provides a foundation for agencies moving to a cloud computing model.
Government buys as a single buyer, negotiating better commercial terms including pricing and service levels, and takes into account government security requirements.
Other benefits to moving to IaaS include:
- accessing technological innovation which can be leveraged without investment
- buying on an on-demand basis
- having access to hosting and utility computer services
- flexible base infrastructure capability, providing a foundation for future services, such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)
- allowing your agency to focus on core business activities without having to worry about ICT provisioning and management
- costs are transparent, your agency knows what you’re paying for and can manage their budget accordingly.
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Adopting the service
Agencies wanting to take up IaaS don't need to undertake a full procurement process. DIA has procured the service on behalf of government agencies and has signed a Lead Agency Agreement with the IaaS panel suppliers.
Agencies can take advantage of the work done by the lead agency by using the following process.
How to adopt the service
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement (NDA) to access the Lead Agency Agreement, Requirements and Service Catalogue including pricebook.
- Undertake a Secondary Procurement Process to select a supplier that best meets your agency's needs. The IaaS Secondary Procurement Process document is available from Manager AoG ICT Common Capability
- Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DIA as Lead Agency. This MoU sets out each party’s rights and obligations.
- Sign a IaaS Participating agreement with the preferred supplier.
- Once the MoU and the IaaS Participating agreement are agreed the supplier will transition the service.
The following documentation is available from the Manager AoG ICT Common Capability:
- the Lead Agency Agreement
- service catalogue including price and service levels
- security certification.
Alternatively, you can contact the suppliers direct.
Lead Agency Agreement summary
- Closed Supplier Panel
- ICT Common Capabilities
Lead Agency Agreement details
Initial 10-year contract (October 2011) with a 5-year right of renewal.