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EC awards first cloud contracts to Accenture, Atos, BT and IBM

The European Commission has revealed details of the suppliers that have secured a place on the three Lots making up its Cloud I framework

Atos, Accenture, BT and IBM are among the IT suppliers confirmed to have secured a place on the European Commission’s €34.5m Cloud I framework.

The framework comprises three Lots, with BT achieving sole supplier status for the delivery of private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings worth €10.2m through Lot 1.

One of the requirements of Lot 1 was that providers must be able to give end-users access to a direct connection to private cloud-based IaaS resources, the EC said.

“The received offers for Lot 1 were technologically comparable, therefore the winner was the provider offering the best price,” the EC said in its contract award statement.

Meanwhile, BT, IBM Belgium, Accenture, Cloud Team Alliance and Atos are confirmed to have secured a place on Lot 2, which involves the delivery of public IaaS and is worth €13.9m.

Lot 3 is valued at €10.3m and will be used to procure public platform as a service (PaaS), with Telecom Italia, Accenture, ATOS Belgium and IBM Belgium among the competing suppliers.

The “layers of services” required within both the public cloud-focused Lots prevented many “hyperscale” providers from applying for inclusion on their own, the EC said.

“Thus the offers received were joint bids from hyperscale and other market players able to provide more differentiated services,” it added.

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With the framework winners in place, the EC said this should “allow the deployment of a first set of IT services in the cloud during 2016”, with any deals awarded through the framework lasting a maximum of four years.

Meanwhile, 75% of the services bought through the framework will be sourced from European Union institutions, rather than just the EC.

As previously reported by Computer Weekly, the EC first published details of the tender in December 2014, declaring it the first step in its wider “cloud journey”.

The commission confirmed that this tender garnered 20 offers from 12 applicants, with Lot 1 and Lot 2 emerging as the most fiercely contested, with seven and nine offers, respectively.

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