[LINK] Govt needs more data centres
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu May 28 15:25:16 EST 2009
The 10,000 m2 ... of large government data centre space the Gershon
Report found in Canberra, will be reduced to about 100m2.
is looking a bit wonky.
Govt needs more data centres
May 28, 2009
The federal Government is seeking temporary data centre facilities and
services to plug a gap while it puts the finishing touches on its own
The suppliers should have data centres ready for occupancy in the
2009/10 financial year, according to an expression of interest issued by
the Finance Department.
The centres need to be energy efficient and cater to different
operational requirements, and preferably adhere to, or be working
towards, the environmental standards, including ISO 14001 or the Green
Grid organisation's framework, tender documents said.
Contracts for data centres within the ACT may last up to three years,
while agreements for locations elsewhere will run for five years, with a
further five-year extension option. Between 1000sqm and 2000sqm of
existing floor space will be required.
The interim plan is in line with Peter Gershon's Government ICT review,
which highlighted the need for some agencies to acquire data centre
resources while the whole-of-government scheme was in development.
Sir Peter Gershon found that rationalising data centres in government
departments and agencies would save $1 billion over 10 years.
The whole-of-government approach is expected to be ready later in the year.
"We have already had extensive interactions with industry and agencies
to inform this strategy and are considering all the options available to
us," Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner said.
"The Rudd Government is developing a comprehensive strategy to deliver
the maximum benefit from our investment and utilisation of data centre
resources over the next 10 to 15 years," Mr Tanner said.
This would be welcome news to providers such as Polaris, Technical Real
Estate (TRE), TransACT, and Canberra Data Centres.
TRE director Andrew Campbell said it was good to see the requirements
made public albeit for a limited time.
However, Mr Campbell said that in the long run, new facilities would
have to be built.
"The EOI suggests that the Government was not looking for new data
centre space but all the existing space that's available wouldn't match
certain standards. For longer term requirements new data centre space
will need to be built," he said.
Mr Campbell cautioned that for new centres to be developed industry
would inadvertently look to the Government for financial backing.
"No one's going to build new data centre space without a pre-commitment
from an investment-grade tenant, like the federal Government."
TRE is building a $1 billion green data centre in Canberra but the
14,000sqm centre is slated to open in the second quarter of 2010.
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