The Federal Government has established a whole of government panel for the provision of data centres to Australian Government agencies for which data centres were often an expensive component of their operational budgets.
Special Minister of State Gary Gray said the formation of the panel was a pivotal move in the implementation of the Australian Government’s Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025.
“The Data Centre Strategy avoids future data centre costs of $1 billion,” he said in a statement. This panel is one component of the Strategy.”
The panel is made up of a number of companies including Canberra Data Centre, Datacom Systems in North Sydney, Global Switch Property in Sydney, iSeek in Brisbane and TransACT Capital Communications in Canberra. Additional companies may be added to the panel in the future.
It will be in place for five years during which agencies selecting data facilities from the panel will enter into ten year leases for the use of data centre space with an option for an additional five years.
Agencies will use the panel when they need to move data centres for reasons including lease expiry, requiring additional power to support IT equipment or changes in IT outsourcing arrangements.
“The next important step in this process will be the establishment of a panel of providers of migration services,” Gray said.
“Agencies will be able to select providers from this panel to assist them to move from existing data centres to new data centres. This panel will be ready shortly.”
It is mandatory for Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA) agencies to use this panel, optional for agencies under the Commonwealth Authority and Companies Act 1997 (CAC), while state government agencies can use the panel.
This panel is now finalising the Request for Tender issued back in September last year with the office soon to announce the preferred vendors for a number of tenders forming part of the strategy.