Dell wins $2m Qld Gov't server contract

Dell wins $2m Qld Gov't server contract

Dell has won a three-year contract worth more than $2 million to supply servers and support for two Queensland Government departments.

The sole supplier agreement will see its PowerEdge servers handling the flow of information from the Department of Employment and Training (DET) and Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to a centrally managed data centre.

Expressions of interest were received from 15 companies, mostly tier-one vendors. Dell was finally selected from a shortlist of seven. It won the initial DET and DIR server contract three years earlier.

“Technical advice suggested a single vendor arrangement, across one model with one management system, would provide a lower total cost of ownership,” Queensland DET senior procurement officer, Jim Blake, said.

He said Dell was selected primarily for its built-to-order production model, that allowed each individual server to be customised, and because standardising Dell across the entire data centre would be efficient and cost effective. The departments also use Sun servers in more enterprise-standard environments.

A bundled three-year warranty and back-up support was also cited.

“We’re delighted to win this tender on a sole supplier arrangement and strengthen our enterprise portfolio in Queensland,” Dell’s director of enterprise solutions for A/NZ, Simon Johnson, said.

Dell also has supplier relationships with the state’s Department of Primary Industries, Queensland Health and Queensland Rail.

The Queensland DET and DIR data centre is also being migrated from Windows 2000 to XP and has received 29 expressions of interest fore the supply of desktop PCs and notebooks.

For more on this story, see the next issue of ARN

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