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Gen-i, Datacom win places on all-of-govt desktop-as-a-service supplier panel

UPDATE/ Nov 22: DIA says Telecom (Gen-i's parent) has now secured the fourth and final spot on the panel.

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Nov 4: Telecom's Gen-i services unit tells NBR ONLINE it has won a place a new all-of-government cloud computing supplier panel.

"The paperwork is complete, so I'm happy to confirm we are that supplier," Gen-i spokeswoman Kate Woodruffe told NBR.

However, the Department of Internal Affairs left Gen-i off its announcement, which listed only NZ's Datacom, and multinationals Fujitsu and Dimension Data.

DIA spokeswoman Adrienne Perry would say only the agency is in negotiations with an un-named potential fourth supplier.

Ms Perry said there would be no more than four companies on the panel.

Each company on the panel will be eligible to supply desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) to government agencies.

Desktop-as-a-service lets a person access a virtual desktop from different locations rather than being tied to a specific computer.

Earlier today, the tender came in for criticism, with cloud commentator Ben Kepes calling its criteria outdated, and Catalyst IT director Don Christie criticising its Windows-only focus.

Contract terms are for four years with three two-year rights of renewal. Each company had to agree to financial and other terms to win a place on the panel. And the financial success of each panelist will depend on how many government agencies it can lure toward its service rather than that offered by other panelists.

ckeall@nbr.co.nz

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