New Zealand signs cloud agreement with Amazon Web Services
Tue 30 May 2017
The government of New Zealand has entered into an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Under the new agreement, all agencies of the New Zealand government are united as a single customer to simplify contractual processes for cloud migration.
While agencies are not required to use AWS as a cloud provider, having an all-agency agreement will make it cheaper and easier for those agencies that do choose Amazon for cloud services.
The agreement between the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and AWS is intended to accelerate cloud adoption among the different government agencies in New Zealand and represents one of the first all-of-government supplier agreements AWS has signed.
It is also in line with the New Zealand government’s Cloud First policy announced earlier this year. The Cloud First policy was created by the Cabinet and instructs all government agencies to adopt cloud services over traditional IT services “because they are more cost-effective, agile, are generally more secure, and provide greater choice.”
Currently, government agencies in New Zealand may purchase cloud services through the DIA infrastructure as a service (IaaS) procurement panel. Providers that are available in addition to AWS include Datacom, Rivera and IBM.
Chief Technology Officer for the New Zealand government Tim Occleshaw noted “This agreement is further recognition of New Zealand’s leadership in digital government. It is a valuable addition to our portfolio of commercial arrangements with local and international suppliers.
“This agreement supports agencies as they use public cloud services to enhance customer experience, streamline operations, and create new delivery models.”
While agencies are moving toward cloud adoption in New Zealand as part of the Cloud First policy, each agency is responsible for the security of its own systems. Amazon Web Services provides a risk assessment and is expected to complete a service security certificate later this month.
The Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for New Zealand is also actively working on creating a public cloud marketplace, to act as a one-stop-shop for government agencies to access cloud services. This, in addition to cloud agreements, is expected to accelerate cloud adoption among government agencies by making it easier and more cost-effective to transition to the cloud.