49 companies on federal government's cloud services panel

Whole-of-government cloud services panel covers IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and specialist services, such as cloud optimisation

Finance minister Mathias Cormann has revealed the initial tranche of panellists for the government's cloud services panel.

The panel covers software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service, as well as services such as optimisation and integration of cloud services.

The panel has an initial two year term, but could be extended by another four years, a statement issued by the office of the minister said.

"The panel enables Government to deliver services more efficiently, as well as provide services that are more responsive to business and community needs," the statement said.

The initial panel comprises 49 companies.

The establishment of the whole-of-government panel follows the launch last year of an updated government cloud policy.

Under the policy, government agencies must adopt cloud where it is "fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money" when obtaining new ICT services or replacing existing services.

The policy mandates agencies use ICT refresh points as a trigger for evaluating cloud services, adopt public cloud for test and dev and Web hosting, evaluate "private, community, public or hybrid cloud services for operational systems", and look for opportunities for cross-agency cloud services.

"Data shows there has been only modest use of cloud services by government agencies to date," the policy states.

"Cloud procurements in AusTender have totalled approximately $4.7 million since July 2010, and the Data Centre as a Service multi-use list has reported cloud contracts totalling approximately $1.5m since October 2012.

"To put this in context, the Australian Government spends approximately $6 billion a year on ICT. These figures demonstrate that agencies have made limited progress in adopting cloud. A significant opportunity exists for agencies to increase their use of cloud services through the Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy."

The companies on the new cloud services panel are:

  1. Agile Digital Engineering Pty Ltd
  2. Anchor Systems Pty Ltd
  3. ASG Group Limited
  4. Aurionpro Solutions Pty Ltd
  5. Avanade Australia Pty Ltd
  6. Avoka Technologies Pty Ltd
  7. BSTTech Consulting Pty Ltd trading as Archtis
  8. Callida Pty Ltd
  9. Cogito Group Pty Ltd
  10. Connexxion Pty Limited
  11. Datacom Systems (ACT) Pty Ltd
  12. Dialog Pty Limited
  13. Digital (Digest) Data Design Pty Ltd
  14. Digital Pacific Pty Ltd
  15. Digital Sense Hosting Pty Ltd
  16. Doll Martin Associates Pty Ltd
  17. Ethan Group Pty Ltd
  18. F1 Solutions Pty Limited
  19. Financials For Office365 Pty. Ltd.
  20. Forward IT Pty Ltd
  21. Fuji Xerox BusinessForce Pty Limited
  22. GoHosting Pty Ltd
  23. GoSource Pty Ltd
  24. Gruden Holdings Pty Ltd
  25. Hammond Street Developments Pty Ltd
  26. HCL Australia Services Pty Ltd.
  27. IBM Australia Ltd
  28. Inspection Apps Pty Ltd
  29. iQ3 Pty. Ltd.
  30. Jadu Software Pty. Ltd.
  31. Link Web Services Pty Ltd
  32. Logicalis Australia Pty Limited
  33. Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd
  34. Mantis Industries Pty Ltd as trustee for the Mantis Investment Trust
  35. Merewyn Partners Pty Ltd
  36. Microsoft Pty Limited
  37. Mitel South Pacific Pty Ltd
  38. NEC IT Services Australia Pty Ltd
  39. Nextright Pty Ltd
  40. NGA.NET Pty Ltd
  41. Oobe Pty Ltd
  42. Redcore Pty Ltd
  43. Sliced Tech Pty Ltd
  44. Third Horizon Consulting Pty Ltd
  45. Vintek Pty Ltd
  46. Wallis Nominees (Computing) Pty. Ltd.
  47. Webqem Pty Ltd
  48. WM360 Pty. Ltd.
  49. Zettagrid Pty Ltd