Government departments to deploy VMware’s virtualisation technology in conjunction with Alphawest in their data centre to cut carbon footprint.
VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualisation solutions from the desktop to the data centre, today announced a world first deal with the Tasmanian Government to deploy VMware’s virtualisation technology with help from Alphawest, in its IT Infrastructure which will support all its government departments.
It is the first time VMware has entered into a whole of Government agreement anywhere in the world.Tasmania’s government, including state departments, local council and government business enterprises, will benefit through easier access to software licensing and the provision of unlimited, high quality service and support.
The deal will enable all state government departments to realise the advantages of using VMware’s technology in conjunction with Alphawest’s support, which will deliver a more robust, flexible and efficient IT infrastructure as well as delivering a substantial reduction in the government’s environmental impact through the consolidation of its server farms throughout the state.
“As a Government dedicated to green initiatives, the environmental benefits which will be realised as a result of this agreement are enormous,” said Ian Scott, Business Development Manager, TMD – Department of Premier & Cabinet. “The brokered deal is in line with our commitment to cut the environmental impact of our Government activities.”
Mr Scott said the Government plans to consolidate the majority of its servers using VMware’s virtualisation technology, including Virtual Infrastructure and Virtual Centre, to minimise its carbon footprint and reduce hardware operating costs.
VMware Australian and New Zealand Vice President, Paul Harapin said the deal was an excellent example of VMware and Alphawest working with government to minimise their environmental impact and increase cost efficiencies from their IT infrastructure.
“The result of the agreement is a more simplified procurement approach, whereby all levels of the Tasmanian Government will have full access to VMware virtualisation technology, without limits on product features, through a collective licensing agreement.”
Mr Scott said the Tasmanian government had identified virtualisation as key to improving its business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities and leveraged the purchasing power of a single contract to access industry leading virtualisation solutions from VMware.
Under the terms of the deal, VMware’s premier partner in virtualisation technologies, Alphawest, will provide consulting services, implementation and support to the Tasmanian State Government for the virtualisation project. This means Alphawest will be positioned as the Tasmanian Government’s “Preferred Supplier” of VMware Software, Services and Solutions for the next 3 years.
“Alphawest has a proven track record of working hand-in-hand with VMware to deliver innovative and cost-effective virtualisation solutions to the market,” said Robert Parcell, CEO, Alphawest. “The agreement demonstrates the ability of Alphawest, in conjunction with VMware, to deliver virtual infrastructure solutions and support to meet our customers’ needs both locally and nationally.”
Mr Harapin said VMware’s willingness to adopt a fresh approach to help meet the Tasmanian Government’s need for a more robust, efficient and flexible IT infrastructure whilst delivering cost and carbon emission savings, would see more deals of a similar nature in the future, and would provide leadership in this area both to other Governments and the commercial sector.