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Release of Cloud Services Panel Discussion Paper
Finance established a Whole of Government Cloud Services Panel (the Panel) in January 2015 to provide access to cloud services for Agencies. The Panel currently has 114 suppliers and over 400 Services listed across nine Categories.
Finance committed to approach the market in the fourth quarter of 2015/16 in order to refresh the Panel by providing an opportunity to add new suppliers and to expand the current scope of the Panel.
New suppliers will need to submit a Tender. Once a successful Tenderer has been appointed to the Panel, they will be able to update their services as required, with the approval of Finance.
Finance is considering whether Existing Panellists will need to submit a Tender in order to add new services under Service Models they were previously unsuccessful for. Where an Existing Panellist seeks to retire a service, that change can be handled outside of this Tender process, under the existing Panel contract management processes.
The purpose of this blog is to seek feedback and suggestions from government and industry on the current and proposed Cloud Services Panel structure and processes.
The current structure may undergo changes following consultation, for that reason, interested suppliers and current Panellists should not rely on the statements in this blog. The final structure will be outlined in the approach to market documentation provided through AusTender when the Request for Tender is released.
Cloud Services Panel Scope
The Cloud Services Panel includes services under specific Service Models, as defined by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST):
• Software as a Service (SaaS)
• Platform as a Service (PaaS)
• Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
In addition to the above service models, cloud specialist services (such as cloud integration and optimisation, etc.) can be procured under the Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) Service Model.
Services which do not meet the NIST definition of ‘cloud’ will not be included in the proposed Panel arrangements, nor will any services or products provided by existing mandatory whole of government coordinated procurement arrangements.
Cloud Services Panel Head Agreement
The current version of the Head Agreement is available for the information of new suppliers. Finance does not anticipate major changes to the Head Agreement as a part of the refresh.
Statement of Requirements
The proposed Statement of Requirements is available for the information of new suppliers. It may undergo changes following consultation, for that reason, new suppliers should not rely on this Statement of Requirements.
Finance initially approached the market with nine Categories, based on feedback received through engagement with Agencies and industry. Currently Panellists may only add new services to those Catergories they were successful in, at the time of appointment to the Cloud Services Panel.
Figure 1: Current Structure of the Cloud Services Panel
Finance is considering removing that restriction, such that a Panellist may add a new Service (that meets the NIST Cloud definitions) to the Panel, irrespective of which Service Model/Category they were successful in.
Figure 2: Proposed Removal of Service Restrictions
We are also considering allowing Panellists to propose new Categories between Panel refreshes. This would allow the suppliers to add new products as they are released and allow entities access to innovatative new products in a timely manner.. Finance would add new Categories to the Panel as required.
Figure 3: Proposed Structure of the Cloud Services Panel
Finance would like your feedback and comments on the following:
• The current and proposed structure of the Cloud Services Panel.
• The operational aspects and processes of the Cloud Services Panel.
• What can be improved on or Finance do better.
Finance welcomes feedback on the issues identified under Discussion above.
Consultation is open until 5 pm (AEST) Friday 06 May 2016. Government Agencies should provide feedback via email to CloudProcurement@finance.gov.au. Industry can provide feedback via the comments on this blog or via email to CloudProcurement@finance.gov.au.
I look forward to your comments.
Last updated: 27 April 2016