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AFP seeks partner for data centre transition

by Justin Hendry •
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Topics: IT Services; Hardware; Cloud; Fed.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is calling for a supplier to provide infrastructure managed services for its two primary data centres, as part of its ongoing Data Centre Transition Project (DCTP).

According to tender documents, the contracted service provider will be responsible for providing and managing the physical infrastructure inside the AFP’s south (SDC) and north (NDC) Canberra data centres for an initial period of four years and two months, with the option to extend the contract for up to two years.

The SDC currently operates as the AFP’s primary data centre and houses productions systems, with the NDC acting as a disaster recovery site for the SDC. However, the AFP is planning to replace its SDC facilities with a commercial alternative from July 2018, while continuing to lease space at the NDC.

The service provider will be tasked with transferring infrastructure from the existing SDC to this new commercial data centre by June 2019.

The target physical architecture for the NDC is required to be fully functional as soon as possible after 1 May 2017, while the target infrastructure for the SDC is required by 30 June 2017 – and the infrastructure for the replacement facilities by 30 June 2018.

The AFP also hasn’t ruled out expanding the scope of the contract to include regional data centres, and may consider the service provider for the provision of additional services “to support the AFP’s requirements concerning IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service], PaaS [Platform as a Service] and infrastructure service management in view of the AFP’s future planning”, such as consulting and migration services.

The DCTP aims to align the AFP with the Australia Government Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025 by utilising volume discounts to reduce costs, and by standardising infrastructure. The AFP to use private cloud services to “overcome the limitations and constraints of the current state environment” and enhance service delivery.

“The AFP is designing a future state data centre featuring Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC), the virtualisation and automation of infrastructure and platform services, and service management”, according to the tender documents.

The 2015-16 budget reallocated $17.6 million over four years from existing funds towards the first phase of the program; and an additional $32.6 million, including $12.4 million in capital, was provided for the second phase in the 2016-17 budget.

The AFP signed a $2.09 million contract with Canberra Data Centres in June 2016 to lease part of its Hume data centre until January 2021.

The transition program has made some progress, according to the agency’s 2015-16 Annual Report: “Tranche 1 of the DCTP has ensured the continued consolidation of ICT equipment with the decommissioning, virtualisation and consolidation of servers and storage at Weston Data Centre”.

The AFP are also “preparing for the inception of major transformational programs in 2016-17”, such as the development of a big data visualisation capability.

Submission to the RFT close 16 January 2017.

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