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Home Office to migrate police IT to AWS cloud

A Digital Marketplace tender document has revealed that the Home Office has commenced its search for an IT supplier to help with the migration of core police IT systems to the AWS cloud.

The year-long project, which is due to commence on 1 October 2018, was confirmed in a recently published Digital Marketplace tender document. The tender doesn’t specify a budget for the project, but it does outline how an existing AWS subscription is in place at the Home Office and will be used in the delivery of the project.

The Police Open Systems currently reside in a traditional datacentre and provide extended capability to police forces on top of the services provided by the Police National Computer (PNC). The software and infrastructure on which these systems reside is not of a satisfactory status or versioning, and as such there is a desire to migrate these systems to Amazon Web Services.

Prospective suppliers will be required to support the programme team providing the following services:

  1. Design of new AWS architecture to support existing Police Systems, inclusive of all Storage, Network and Compute elements;
  2. Support Accreditation of architecture in step 1;
  3. Transition of live services to new AWS tenancy upon successful authority to operate;
  4. Support UAT and Go Live activities;
  5. A highly skilled team, supported by a wider organisation that shares best practice, and works together with Home Office to achieve the outcomes.

The tender document adds that the project is currently classified as being in the “discovery” phase, as the department continues to scope out the user requirements of the work.

The Home Office has spent more than any other government department on AWS, having procured £14.81m of cloud services to date, according to Digital Marketplace spending figures.

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