Victoria centralises VMware purchasing

Victoria centralises VMware purchasing

Summary: The Victorian Government has flagged plans to centralise purchasing of VMware virtualisation software for a number of agencies into a single sizable contract.


The Victorian Government has flagged plans to centralise purchasing of VMware virtualisation software for a number of agencies into a single sizable contract.

The Department of Treasury and Finance issued a request for tender as the lead department looking for the supply of VMware Server Virtualisation Software and Professional Services. The tender closed last month.

The successful respondent will provide VMware licences for 14 government entities, which were not to be bound to a particular hardware vendor. The price for the software was to have a fixed cost for the life of the contract.

The government was also looking for support services for the planning, implementation, installation, configuration and operational support for VMware software products. The move echoes a decision made by the Tasmanian Government last year to make VMware its official virtualisation suite.

VMware launched its new cloud computing system, dubbed vSphere, touting a number of new features. vSphere is scheduled to be released later this quarter, but the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Melbourne IT have both been involved in the beta testing of the software.

The bureau, which has 70 servers, is currently 95 per cent virtualised. Tony Marion, its director of servers, operating systems and storage, believed the number of servers could come down further, bringing the virtualised percentage to almost 100 per cent.

He also said that the number of management personnel needed to run the environment had been reduced to only six or seven people since adopting VMware, and vSphere functionality would bring that closer to one or a couple of people managing the whole environment.

Glenn Gore, Melbourne IT CTO, was also enamoured of vSphere, telling Marion: "I'm going to race you to the virtual centre."

Topics: Government AU, Tech Industry

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