The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has reached another milestone along its coordinated procurement program, by establishing a whole-of-government panel for ‘Data Centres under Development’ (the Greenfields Panel), the last in its current program of procurement panel work.
Each of the six facilities on the panel is run by companies who already hold a place on the primary Data Centre Facilities panel, for ‘ready-now’ facilities:
- Australian Data Centres (Mitchell, ACT)
- Enterprise Data Corporation (Bella Vista, NSW)
- Fujitsu (Greystanes, NSW and Fyshwick, ACT)
- Global Switch (Ultimo, NSW)
- Macquarie Telecom (two sites at North Ryde, NSW) and
- Metronode (Derrimut, VIC and Mitchell, ACT)
AGIMO has not elaborated on whether more facilities will be added in the future.
The Greenfields panel, which will cover greenfields and ‘Fit-out’ data centre facilities, aims to ensure that the Australian Government’s data hosting needs are met well into the future.
“Greenfield sites provide more potential data centre space to the panel, allowing demand to be met throughout the panel’s lifespan,” said Australian Government CIO, Ann Steward, on the AGIMO Blog.
Agencies procuring data centre facilities from the panel will enter into 10-year leases, with an option to extend for five years.
AGIMO approached the market to establish the Greenfields or “data centres under development” panel within the same Request for Tender as the ready-now Data Centre Facilities panel. Applicants were invited to submit tenders for both at the same time, but were advised that each category would be considered separately and upon different criteria.
Metronode, a subsidiary of Leighton Holdings, has also been added to the ready-now facilities panel, which became operational in March this year, on top of the selection of its greenfields sites for whole-of-government use.
It is a newcomer to the government ICT market, with not a single ICT contract registered on Austender to date.
Primus Telecommunications has been added to the ready-now Data Centre panel, but not the Greenfields panel.
Between 2004 and 2005, Primus was active in the government market, providing internet access to a range of agencies including AGIMO.
Its market activity has only begun to pick up this calendar year with a handful of Server Colocation contracts with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The (ready-now) Data Centre Facilities panel now stands at 13, with the full list of providers here.
The establishment of the final whole-of-government panel in this program of work represents a major step forward in the fulfilment of the suite of recommendations made by Sir Peter Gershon in his 2008 review of the Australian Government’s use of ICT.
Key to the Gershon recommendations was a coordinated approach to data centre procurement, which would save the Australian Government $1 billion over a 10 to 15 year time frame.
However, this does not herald the end of AGIMO’s panel work for good.
The office is currently looking into the establishment of a Data Centre-as-a-Service (DCaaS) panel, from which smaller agencies (with annual ICT spends under $2 million) could procure a range of ICT managed services.
AGIMO is also looking to lower the financial burden on smaller agencies by offering shared services arrangements for the supply of ICT infrastructure on a usage-based charge. In the past, it has said that an approach to market for a DCaaS panel arrangement would most likely take place within the second half of 2011.
An announcement on the establishment of a Whole-of-Government IT Services Panel is also due this month.