$18m Dept of Comms infrastructure deal revealed

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$18m Dept of Comms infrastructure deal revealed
ASG CEO Geoff Lewis

The Department of Communications has awarded a five-year contract with ASG worth $18 million to migrate the agency's services out of its existing on-site data centre.

The deal includes the intial migration of the department's hosted environment and infrastructure-as-a-service.

Communications previously owned its on-premise infrastructure assets, according to a statement, with some functions such as disaster recovery hosted offsite.

An ASG spokesperson confirmed to CRN that the Department's hosted environment will be migrated to Canberra Data Centre's infrastructure, who already provide disaster recovery services.

ASG is already the primary outsourced services provider to the department, under a deal that includes end user support, midrange, voice and network services.

ASG landed a $15 million managed services deal with WA energy provider Synergy earlier this month. It has recently won contracts with a number of other federal government departments, including the Tax Practitioners Board, Australian Transport and Safety Bureau, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Department of Defence.

The announcement comes seven months after Communications Minister Malcom Turnbull handed down the governments ‘cloud first’ ultimatum, demanding agencies “must adopt cloud where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money".

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