Western Australia’s health department has handed French IT provider Atos a $124 million deal to provide cloud infrastructure for the state’s public health system.
The five-year contract for managed hybrid cloud services is part of WA Health’s $409 million infrastructure replacement project HealthNext.
It replaces WA Health’s 2010 centralised computing contract with Fujitsu that has blown out to $175 million due to poor governance.
Under the new deal, Atos will work with WA Health’s health support agency, Health Support Services (HHS), to transition legacy IT infrastructure from Fujitsu across to Atos cloud platforms.
“The scope of the services is to private cloud, managed public cloud, hybrid cloud orchestration, co-location and managed services for 2,000 servers, over 1,000 applications, and a fully managed Oracle Cloud platform,” Atos said.
“These services include data center housing, capacity management, monitoring and reporting, backup, disaster recovery and OS management.”
The company said it planned to use a fully managed Oracle customer environment underpinned by Oracle and Exadata cloud machines, provided using a “recurrent consumption model which scales and shrinks as required”.
This would be “orchestrated into an Atos hybrid cloud environment hosted on ... [its] BullSequana computing platform”.
WA Health chief information officer Holger Kaufmann said the HealthNext program represented “an opportunity to improve the way WA Health utilises and delivers ICT services to support the provision of health to the WA community”.
“A modern and contemporary cloud-based ICT system will enable us to respond better to innovation that will help improve patient care and reduce unnecessary duplication,” he said.
Atos is one of three infrastructure providers offering services under the state’s GovNext transformed IT buying regime, which allows agencies to procure compute, storage and unified comms on an ongoing, as-a-service basis.
GovNext was introduced in 2016 to avoid the need for expensive government-owned infrastructure, but has since come under fire for overstating proposed savings and ignoring the concerns of agencices.