The Department of Human Services (DHS) awarded a handful of IT-related tenders this week, totalling approximately AU$54.9 million, with Dell EMC, IBM, and Oracle reaping the rewards. A spokesperson for DHS told ZDNet the four contracts are for the maintenance and support of existing equipment and services, business as usual updates, and service requirements for the department. “They were awarded under the Commonwealth’s competitive tender process,” the spokesperson said. The most expensive contract — at AU$45 million — was handed to Dell EMC. DHS purchased x86 converged infrastructure capacity from Dell EMC to replace end of life x86 capacity, and to provide additional x86 capacity for a “broad range of DHS initiatives”. IBM Australia walked away with two contracts, with the first seeing the department purchase of a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system, including associated installation and configuration services, for AU$4.7 million. For a cost of AU$3.8 million, DHS also acquired “technical expertise in SAP DB2 technology” from IBM to assist the department with the migration of workload between technology platforms. DHS is currently undertaking a handful of technology-driven projects, including building out an “elastic” private cloud that sits across x86 and IBM Power Systems hardware. The department is undergoing a digital transformation in the social welfare space, and DHS head of enterprise architecture Garrett McDonald told IBM Think in Sydney last month the “elastic” cloud is just one factor being considered as the department heads into that transformation. “Our existing systems have been with us for the… [Read full story]
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