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DWP takes up AWS cloud hosting

02/12/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has called off a contract worth up to £57 million for public cloud hosting from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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It is the first major deal the department has taken from the AWS memorandum of understanding with Crown Commercial Services, which was announced last month.

It follows the agreement last year of a two-year G-Cloud 10 hyperscale contract between DWP and AWS to future proof hosting delivery. The new contract award notice says this has not delivered best value for money, prompting the department to look for an alternative.

The new contract, which will involve spending between £18 million and £57 million, reflects the expectation of an increase in take-up of public cloud services, in line with the DWP’s strategic principles and the service design principles drawn up by the Government Digital Service.

It will lay the ground for a major migration of DWP on-premise systems to its strategic hyperscale cloud.

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