Gen-i dropped from major government tender

Updated 11.30am: Gen-i's response to missing out on the next phase of Infrastructure as a Service contract

Gen-i has been dropped from the tender process to provide data centre housing and utility computing and storage services to Government agencies.

The three suppliers invited to participate in the next phase of the Government Infrastucture as a Service tender are Datacom, IBM and Revera.

Brent Chalmers, the general manager of the Government ICT Supply Management Office, Department of Internal Affairs, says the procurement tender is expected to be completed in September, with a panel of at least two suppliers being selected to provide services by the end of the year or early in 2012.

Several agencies are participating in the procurement of these services including Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Transport Agency, Department of Conservation and Land Information New Zealand. Chalmers said in April, when the panel of four preferred suppliers was announced, that other agencies are expected to adopt these services over time.

The Request for Proposal, issued on 20 December 2010, asked prospective providers to “understand the commercial benefits” of contractual relationships lasting up to 30 years when setting their price levels.

However, the RFP was careful to avoid committing government to providing any certain level of ongoing business for the successful provider. “DIA [the Department of Internal Affairs, the government’s lead agency for the project] is unable to give any assurance as to the level of future uptake by eligible agencies, as that is something beyond its control,” the document states.

Updated 11.30am - Gen-i's response from CEO Chris Quin:

"Gen-i was unsuccessful in its bid to provide data centre and utility computing and storage services to government agencies via the DIA’s tender.While we are naturally disappointed with the decision, we remain a major provider of IT and telecommunications services to government," Quin says in a statement to Computerworld.

"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. Our investment and focus on cloud services, including New Zealand-based data centres, is a key and uninterrupted component of our strategy to become Australasia’s preferred ICT services provider."

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