An education sector cluster has been formed to tender for data centre housing, network and transition services. The cluster consists of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission, Career Services and the National Library of New Zealand. According to request for proposal documents released this week, the objectives of the cluster are to establish a location for data centre ICT equipment, reduce procurement costs and minimise the costs of supplier contract management. All members require data centre housing services but only some need data network and data centre transition services.
The cluster may contract with more than one supplier. Rather than having a single agreement, identical master agreements between each supplier and cluster member will be agreed on. The deadline for replies is Monday 23 February. More details are available on the Government Electronic Tenders website under ICCNZ reference 24817.