Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:56

Vault signs historic whole-of-government cloud deal with NSW Govt Featured

Rupert Taylor-Price: The glass ceiling has been finally broken. Rupert Taylor-Price: The glass ceiling has been finally broken. Supplied

An Australian government has finally handed a whole-of-government cloud deal to a local company, with Canberra-based Vault signing a five-year deal with the NSW Government on Tuesday.

Vault, one of three cloud providers to gain a place on the Australian Signals Directorate's Protected cloud list, a certification which was in place until 30 June, has thus become the first sovereign technology provider chosen by an Australian Government for such a role.

Such awards have always been made to foreign companies.

The Coalition Government's Digital Transformation Agency has whole-of-government arrangements in place with AWS, IBM, Microsoft, Rimini Street, SAP and Concur.

Vault took about a year to thrash out the deal with NSW.

Vault chief executive Rupert Taylor-Price told iTWire that the company had been working with the NSW Government team since early 2019.

"The deal with Vault is different to a panel, tender, or marketplace in that the terms are bespokely negotiated with the supplier," he said. "This enables all NSW Government clusters to buy from Vault under special terms and pricing.

"Other state governments have already contacted the NSW Government to see if they can buy under the NSW Government Vault deal – which they can."

Taylor-Price said the fact that the NSW Government had done its first cloud deal with a local company was a historic change from the norm.

"Whole-of-government deals have previously focused on multinationals – tying up larger projects in the market," he said.

"[NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor] Dominello has been talking for some time about how his government is going to support local tech businesses. This deal is a large and tangible step towards that commitment."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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