Unisys is the preferred vendor for the Ministry of Health to outsource equipment currently held in its three datacentres.
The ministry’s official stance is that it is still in negotiation but the outsourcing arrangement is already being widely discussed among other vendors, one of whom confirmed the loss to Unisys.
Computerworld understands the other candidates were Revera, Datacom and IBM.
Ministry deputy director of the information directorate Alan Hesketh told Computerworld in April that the ministry wanted to telehouse the equipment at its two Wellington and one Auckland datacentres to assist rationalisation and give it room to expand.
A request for proposal said: “There has been considerable growth of infrastructure platforms over a number of years, and with the incorporation of historically separate entities into the environment, the operational architecture has been somewhat fragmented.
“Various issues and challenges have been identified, which present a potential risk to service capability and performance, including inadequate room for expansion at existing sites in terms of physical space and environmental considerations.”
Hesketh said the equipment was of varying ages and at different stages of depreciation. He left open the possibility that the best plan for some of it might be to discard it altogether, rather than go to a physical move to the successful tenderer’s site.
The RFP also called for transition services to support the migration of equipment. As part of this process, the three datacentres will be consolidated to one primary centre, with a remote secondary site as part of business continuity arrangements. The Ministry doesn’t expect any ICT redundancies to follow.