The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland (PCC) has already selected a partner to host a Cloud IaaS Platform with the partner deploying services in two defined Data Centres.
Procurement and the Cloud Data Centre Project Team worked together to compile a specification that detailed the following main points;
- Each Data Centre required a non-resilient WAN Link to be deployed;
- The WAN Link will be capable of 10G but deployed as 1G on day one of the service;
- The size of the link may be increased as workloads are better understood;
- These links will also be migrated to the new Community Safety Hub (CSH) when completed.
A tender process was carried out a few months ago to award the WAN Rationalisation Contract; provider is BT and investigation has been carried out to add the two new links to this contract.
Indicative costs from BT were exceptionally high and therefore the decision was taken to carry out a further mini competition for these two links in an effort to reduce the costs.
Crown Commercial Services have a Network Services Framework RM1045 which enables a compliant route to market.
Using such a Framework reduces the procurement costs and also reduces the timescales in the tendering process as suppliers on the Framework are already commercially compliant. Lot 1 – Data Access Services was chosen and a mini competition was carried out with all 26 suppliers within this Lot.