[LINK] Defence to slash data centre costs
brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Jun 29 09:07:28 EST 2010
It's data centre week....
Defence to slash data centre costs
June 29, 2010
Defence has selected a new supplier, kicking off plans to save more than
$400 million over a decade in data centre costs.
It had chosen a facility outside the ACT of 1000-plus square metres,
Defence chief technology officer Matt Yannopoulos told The Australian.
The contract -- for an undisclosed sum -- is for five years, with a
five-year extension option, Mr Yannopoulos said.
Defence has about 200 data centres and server rooms spread across seven
locations. Over the years it had endured several data centre problems
and was in needed more space.
Mr Yannopoulos said Defence had a late 2013 or early 2014 target to
realise its vision of reducing the number to "under 10 facilities".
"I always say our intention is to go to less than 10, fundamentally
because of the secret nature of the infrastructure," Mr Yannopoulos said.
"But I will have a small number of restricted data centres -- at the
moment it is intended to be two plus a disaster recovery site."
Defence hopes to save $417m over the next 10 years through the data
centre consolidation program.
Last year it was given the green light to look for an interim solution,
using a panel established by the federal government.
The panel members consist of Polaris, Global Switch, Fujitsu, Canberra
Data Centres and Harbour MSP.
Defence selected two companies from the list and invited them to
participate in the process.
The main aim of the stop-gap measure is to ensure continuity of business
at Defence, Mr Yannopoulos said.
"I can confirm we are nearly finalised on our negotiations through the
interim data centre panel . . . we sought 1000-plus square metres," he said.
"We wrote to two of the panellists setting out our requirements."
He declined to disclose their identities or the value of the contract.
It could be a two-horse race between Polaris, based at Springfield,
Queensland, and Sydney's Global Switch, which already counts the
Australian Taxation Office as a client.
Mr Yannopoulos said Defence hoped to announce the winner as early as
this week, depending on the outcome of final negotiations and approvals.
Defence went to market for a data centre with average power and cooling
capacity of about 1450 Watts per square metre.
Defence is also on the lookout for a partner to handle transportation of
data centre equipment to the new facility.
"The interim solution will be outside of Canberra. There were two key
things that we needed: one was space to move into and second was
selection of a partner to move our equipment," Mr Yannopoulos said. "The
first migration is of our major computing centres in the ACT and then
there will be additional pieces -- and some of this I want to work
through with industry -- that takes some of our regional applications
into these new premises."
He is interested in industry feedback on the best way to physically move
the hardware before making a decision.
"I really want to take some advice from those who specialise in this
sort of move before I lock down exactly the way Defence will go," he said.
Mr Yannopoulos confirmed consultancy outfit KPMG would continue to play
a prominent role in Defence's ambitious program. KPMG will earn more
than $2m for drawing up Defence's data centre business case and the
"conceptual design" for the move to the new premises.
"KPMG are very good at financial analysis and in helping us with our
acquisition strategy for major programs," he said. KPMG was also
involved in Defence's next-generation desktop project.
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