MoJ signs £24m AWS deal
Contract covers cloud hosting and related services
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The Ministry of Justice has become the latest government department to sign a major hosting deal with Amazon Web Services under the cloud firm’s new and improved public sector terms.
The MoJ will enter into a three-year contract with AWS on 1 May. The deal’s worth is estimated at £23.9m.
For that price, the ministry will have access to an AWS hosting environment, various cloud software licences, and a range of professional and support services.
“The contract is for the provision of Amazon Web Services cloud compute and ancillary services,” the award notice said. “This is a call-off agreement under the Crown Commercial Services G Cloud 12 framework.”
Services will offered by the IT firm under the terms of the One Government Agreement, an arrangement through which AWS is offering discounts to public sector organisations by, effectively, treating the market as a single client. As part of the OGVA, the company is also supporting initiatives such as skills training for civil servants.
Government records indicate that the MoJ last signed a cloud hosting deal with AWS in 2019; this £9m contract is due to come to an end on 30 September.
Several other departments and agencies – including HM Revenue and Customs, the Home Office, and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency – have signed updated contracts with the cloud firm since the introduction in November of the OGVA and its improved terms. In some cases, the new arrangements replaced deals that had been signed as recently as September.
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