The Digital Transformation Agency has this week issued an approach to market to commence the establishment of ‘The Hardware Marketplace‘. The Hardware Marketplace is intended to allow a broad range of Australian Government and other approved entities to purchase certain hardware products and services under the one contracting arrangement. This procurement will supercede the ICT Hardware Panel and will expand on the categories of equipment and associated services made available to buyers. The hardware requirements have been categorised based on a consultation process with industry and potential buyers, with the intention to establish a seperate panel of suppliers for each category. The first category being sought is Category 1: Enterprise Storage.
Tenderers have the opportunity to bid on one or more sub categories as listed below, and must be able to demonstrate competence, capacity and past experience against a full sub category. The sub categories are:
– Direct Attached Storage (DAS);
– Network Attached Storage (NAS);
– Object Based Storage (OBS);
– Storage Area Network (SAN);
– Backup and Restore;
– Consumables and Ancillary; and
– Professional Services
There is currently no limit on the number of sellers that may be selected for any category or sub-category. Therefore as is the case with most panels, there is also no intention to negotiate any terms and conditions with any applicant. So it is important that you ensure your tender response does not pose any risks with compliance against the draft terms. Responses are due on the 11 June 2018 with an intention to execute agreements by mid July.