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Revera nets $45-$60 million Inland Revenue data centre contract

Revera has won a $45-$60 million Inland Revenue contract to design and supply data centre services to support New Zealand’s new tax and social policy system, in a deal dubbed ‘the biggest transformation contract to date’.

The contract is valued at $45 million to $60 million over 10 years.

Greg James, Inland Revenue deputy commissioner change, says he’s delighted the contract has been awarded to a Kiwi company.

He says the data centre contract is one of the most significant elements of Inland Revenue’s programme to modernise New Zealand’s tax and social policy administration.

“It will be one of the programme’s biggest and is certainly the largest contract to date to be awarded to a New Zealand company,” James says.

The new Revera data centres will host essential services including the new tax systems, Start (simplified tax and revenue technology) with the first of the data centres coming online in the next month. Initial detailed design of the new data centre service has already been completed.

James says Start’s data requirements will be variable and Revera’s design has built-in flexibility to cater for the changing needs.

“Revera’s solution means if we need fewer servers or less storage, we can use just what we need when we need it and not pay for capacity we’re not using.”

Tim Miles, Spark Digital chief executive, says Inland Revenue is working ‘determinedly’ to modernise the tax system.

“I have no doubt that this will lead to better outcomes for government and all New Zealanders,” Miles says.

“We are proud to be selected to play a part in such an innovative project and look forward to delivering on the data centre services contract.”

Inland Revenue’s current First system will continue to be supported by existing data centres, and during the transition to Start, the two data centre systems will co-exist.

Revera was acquired by Spark in 2013 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spark Digital.

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