As part of the NSW government's IT policy reforms, it has today advised industry of its new 888 ICT Hardware contract to provide government agencies across NSW with a single panel to supply hardware.
Beginning with end-user computers, such as desktops and laptops, the contract is intended to extend coverage to servers, storage, virtualisation, and imaging devices "as opportunity arises". Stage one of the contract will not see coverage for phones, game consoles, calculators, or any other device currently covered under existing arrangements that do not expire before May 1, 2013.
Any hardware that would be provided "as a service" will have to be provided via the NSW ICT Services Scheme.
Beyond the delivery of IT hardware, services provided by panel members are restricted to any services that would accompany a typical hardware purchase, such as installation, image loading, maintenance, and support.
The 888 contract's initial term will expire on April 30, 2015, with the option of three one-year extensions being taken up.
There is no closing date for interested companies to join the panel, as suppliers are able to be added to the panel at any time during the life of the contract.