Gen-i's out of running for government-as-a-service contract

Gen-I's bid to provide data centre housing and utility computing and storage services to government agencies has been unsuccessful.

Internal Affairs announced that Datacom, Revera and IBM were still in the running to win the Government as a Service (GaaS) initiative, which has been identified by the government as being central to the success of its Directions and Priorities for Government ICT, a press release said.

Gen-I Australasia chief executive Chris Quin said while the company was “naturally disappointed” with the decision it remained a major provider of IT and communications services to government.

“We are strengthening our investment in the tools, processes, technologies and capabilities of our people to deliver hosted and integrated ICT solutions for New Zealand and Australian enterprises and government organisations.”

He said Gen-I’s focus on cloud services, including New Zealand based data centres, was a key and uninterrupted component of its strategy to become Australasia’s preferred ICT services provider.

Department of Internal Affairs government ICT supply management office general manager Brent Chalmers said the procurement tender process was expected to be completed in September with a panel of at least two suppliers selected to provide services by the end of the year, or early 2012.

“Gen-I remains a significant partner to government in the provision of ICT goods and services.”

Gen-I isn’t in bad company in terms of people going elsewhere for data services – IBM is set to lose BNZ and the Ministry of Education as datacentre customers when its Newton centre closes, despite opening an $80 million centre in East Tamaki this year.

But there must have been some solace when Air NZ renewed its contract for 10 years, moving to the new centre in July.

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