[LINK] AGIMO details Federal Government data centre needs
brd at iimetro.com.au
Mon Jun 28 16:05:19 EST 2010
This is a good start, but the real savings come at the demand and
sharing levels and can only be realised when agencies get together (or
are put together) and consolidate/share their ICT infrastructure, not
buildings and such.
Declaration of non-interest. I've had nothing to do with this initiative
since last year.
AGIMO details Federal Government data centre needs
By Brett Winterford
Jun 28, 2010 12:24 PM
The Federal Government has released a document that describes the
desired characteristics of the data centres it will consider for
outsourcing deals under its plan to consolidate the enterprise computing
needs of its agencies.
The data centre consolidation plan, launched by Finance Minister Lindsay
Tanner in March, is looking to consolidate most Federal Government
agencies into larger, more modern third party data centre facilities for
the next 15 years in an attempt to save the Government $1 billion.
The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has
released a draft statement of requirement which sketches out what
information data centre builders and existing providers should be asked
to submit to be considered for the multi-million dollar outsourcing deals.
Being a consultation draft, the document is not overly prescriptive, but
asks all the right questions about data centre capabilities at a level
of detail that suggests the authors have done their research on data
Tenderers are asked to detail their available floor room space, security
credentials, level of redundancy, access to power, connectivity and
water, cooling methodology, power efficiency - even the sizes of doors
and loading docks.
Among the more prescriptive requirements, AGIMO noted a facility must have:
Space and power: At least 500 square metres of server room floor
offering power of between 500 kW and 1 MW per 500 square metres.
Security clearance: The relevant security credentials to store either
National Security classified systems (from Restricted to Secret) or
non-National Security classifications from (In-Confidence to Highly
Protected) and staff that "have or are able to obtain appropriate
security clearances up to and including SECRET and/or HIGHLY PROTECTED"
(depending on the agencies hosted).
Biometric security: Highly-sensitive areas need to offer a level beyond
proximity card entry - "incorporating biometric technology and proximity
"The Agency may require electronic copies of the log data relating to
all access activity to the Agency space," the document said.
CCTV monitoring: Facilities must come equipped with "high quality
digital recorded Close Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance of data
centre facilities doors and any space occupied by the Agencies."
"The system should, record accurate time and date stamps, have fast
search functions, and be capable of providing alarm notification to
offsite devices including phone and email. The video surveillance
footage should be held onsite for immediate viewing for at least six
months and the video surveillance footage should be made available for
the Agency to duplicate and remove off-site if required for any
24/7 access: Authorised agency staff must be provided access to the
facility "24 hours a day, seven days a week with time/date stamp logging
of all access granted and denied."
This included the loading dock and server rooms.
Reporting and monitoring: Operators will need to provide granular
use-based pricing and reporting to determine the power consumption of
individual agencies within a facility.
AGIMO also noted a preference for:
Pods and other modular fit-outs: "The data centre facilities should
provide modularity, scalability and security to support multi-tier,
multi-density and multi-tenancy requirements," the document said. "It is
desirable that the data centre facilities be divided as zones, modules
or pods for use by different Agencies."
Diverse carriers: "The Australian Government strongly prefers that the
data centre facilities have diverse routes and entries to provide for
connection to multiple telecommunications carriers."
Energy efficiency: "The Australian Government encourages "Green IT" and
other environmental initiatives where possible," the document said.
Operators will be asked whether any co-generation or tri-generation
capacity exists at the facility or whether any power is provided from
"renewable sources". They are also asked how they reduce cooling
requirements through the use of free air economisers.
The document also asks if the facility is able to operate at the higher
range of temperatures (up to 25 degrees Celsius) set out in the recent
update to ASHRAE's recommended temperature model.
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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