ATO Reports Imminent Midrange Hyperconverged Outsourcing Tenders – Data Center – Servers & Storage

The Australian Taxation Office will soon launch a tender for midrange and data center services, as well as separate hyperconverged infrastructure services, as part of the continuation of its strategic IT procurement program .

The program was describe by CIO Ramez Katf in 2021 as being “all about modernizing [the ATO’s] IT outsourcing portfolio by developing market-aligned and more flexible bundled offerings”.

The program’s original schedule called for “a phased approach to market in 2022, followed by contract execution, service transition and transformation in 2023.”

He largely did not deviate from this; iTnews reported earlier this year that bidding for mid-range and hyperconverged infrastructure would be launched in a “third wave” scheduled for July or August.

The ATO has now issued advance notices for these tenders, indicating that the actual tenders will be published sometime in the middle to the end of this month.

Like previous approaches, it will offer midrange and data center services either”in general”, or with certain components subcontracted separately.

Midrange Platform Services cover “physical and virtualized platforms for hosting the application workload…up to and including the hypervisor, and including all aspects of managing the life cycle,” the ATO said.

Data storage for the ATO’s end-user, midrange and mainframe platforms is also covered, he said.

The hyperconverged infrastructure will be treated separatelythe ATO said, noting that it acts as a “discrete, self-contained “platform as a service” that provides the ATO with on-demand access to compute, storage and connectivity for the platform. mid-range form and end-user services”.

The ATO noted that although it has a cloud first policy which is also reduce dependence on physical and virtual mid-range servicesnot all workloads were suitable for cloud hosting.

“There remains a continued need for long-term onsite solutions,” the office said.

“The ATO is looking for platforms that offer the best technical capabilities aligned with how our application teams need to work with flexible business arrangements that provide the best value for money.”

The tax office also said it was open to non-hyperconverged “alternatives” as part of the process.

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