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Amazon Web Services has signed a whole-of-government deal with the Federal Government, enabling federal, state and territory agencies, as well as public universities and publicly-owned companies to use AWS Cloud services.

Agencies would now be able to use all AWS services in any of the company's 66 availability zones in 21 global regions, a statement from the company said on Thursday.

Government Services Minister Stuart Robert said: "Government agencies regularly engage AWS services, each with separate contracts. The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions through efficiencies of scale.

"Over a number of years, aggregated procurement has allowed us to leverage the bulk-buying power of the government to negotiate consistent and improved terms and conditions."

AWS was certified in January by the Australian Signals Directorate to provide Protected cloud services for the storage of top-secret government data in the AWS Asia-Pacific (Sydney) Region.

“This agreement makes it easier for Australian Government agencies to procure AWS services and speed time to value,” said Peter Moore, Asia Pacific regional managing director, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.

“This new whole-of-government procurement agreement... greatly simplifies and streamlines government technology procurement by providing government agencies with rapid access to the full portfolio of AWS services in any AWS Region at pre-agreed upon terms.

"This paves the way for greater innovation by enabling agencies to build and deploy digital services to serve Australians more effectively, transform legacy operations, and accelerate scientific breakthroughs.

"By eliminating barriers that have traditionally bogged down government technology procurement, the Whole-of-Government agreement enables agencies to invest more time and resources on their core missions, rather than on negotiating contracts.”

The government also has volume sourcing agreements with SAP, Microsoft, Concur and IBM.

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