The NHS Test and Trace program has signed a one-year £ 9million contract with Amazon Web Services.
The agreement between the cloud company and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, which entered into force on April 8 and ends on April 30, 2022, covers the provision of services on the three lots of the G-Cloud framework. This includes cloud hosting, software, support and managed services respectively.
All details of the exact products, services and personnel to be supplied have been removed from the contract, along with all pricing and discount information.
But it is understood that the agreement provides flexibility for the Test and Trace program to increase its capacity as needed, and that all services have been evaluated and achieved the highest possible level of certification under the box. NHS Digital security and data protection tools.
The contract, however, reveals that DHSC chose to sign the contract under the terms of the UK Government’s AWS Deployment Program (UKGDP).
This program – the benefits of which include offering free assistance to eligible customers – is open to public sector organizations that spend at least $ 2 million up front on provider services. The resulting free support would amount to savings of up to $ 180,000 (£ 128,000).
Taking advantage of the UKGDP program means that DHSC also cannot obtain the savings offered by the One Government Value Agreement. This three-year agreement between AWS and the Crown Commercial Service gives public sector customers an 18% discount on hosting services – or 20% if they pay in full in advance. Many departments in Whitehall have taken advantage of these improved terms and renewed their AWS contracts since the launch of OGVA in November; deals with a cumulative value of £ 300million have already been awarded by bodies like the Department of Justice, Home Office and HM Revenue and Customs.
Alongside the AWS contract, the Test and Trace program has also awarded a six-month £ 7.75 million contract to digital transformation specialist BJSS, which will provide “platform support, security and development services. ‘tooling’ to the system’s cloud environment, known as Halo.
The contract went into effect on April 1 and tasked the Leeds head office company to “support the delivery priorities of the Test and Trace business, including the integration of major initiatives for Jupiter laboratory testing, ITS side-flow mass testing and EDGE transition. and Data Science Hub (DASH) to a government-secured platform ”.
The agreement will also allow DHSC “to support the scaling of the Halo platform to enable the rapid and secure development and hosting of secure test and trace cloud applications to NCSC standards,” including 24/7 support for production services ”, according to the contract. award notification.