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DEEWR re-assesses its data centre future

by Pallavi Singhal •
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The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is currently re-assessing its data centre arrangements, as its existing leases with Hitachi and TransACT approach expiration.

DEEWR has selected the Frame Group from the Australian Government Information Management Office’s (AGIMO) Data Centre Migration Services Panel for a short-term consultancy to explore the Department’s options.

“The Frame Group will help the Department consider future data centre options including existing data centre lease arrangements, expected future data centre needs, and the Whole-of-Government data centre panel arrangements administered by AGIMO,” said a DEEWR spokesperson.

The consultancy period is from December 2012 to June 2013 and is expected to cost $140,000, according to the spokesperson.

If the consultancy finds that DEEWR would benefit from a transition to a new data centre facility, the next step in DEEWR’s data centre procurement process would likely be an approach to the whole-of-government Data Centre Facilities Panel, which is mandatory for use.

The DEEWR spokesperson told Intermedium that the Department is currently moving from three data centres to two, in line with the Government’s Data Centre Strategy, aimed at reducing the number of data centre agreements and lowering costs.

Its existing five-year contract with Hitachi Data Centres expires on 21 August 2013, and its two recently extended agreements with TransACT will both expire on 6 December 2014 (an un-extended version of one of these contracts is available on Austender).

TransACT is a member of the Data Centre Facilities Panel, giving DEEWR the option of reselecting the provider if it wants to. Hitachi is currently not on the panel.

The panel is made up of 13 suppliers. Currently, 16 contracts have been procured through it with a total value of over $303.7 million. Major deals include:

  • A $223.7 million agreement between the Department of Human Services and Canberra Data Centres;
  • A $45.6 million agreement with Canberra Data Centres and the Department of Finance (on behalf of a consortium of agencies); and
  • A $22.1 million contract signed by the Bureau of Meteorology with Metronode.

The Department of Defence is currently at the opposite end of its data centre migration journey, which commenced prior to the establishment of the whole-of-government panels. Due to the timing of the procurement it was exempt from using the panels.

The Department’s project to reduce its data centre fleet from over 200 to less than 10 has reached an important milestone, with the migration of its primary data centre to a Global Switch facility now complete, carried out by Accenture under a $40 million contract. Defence struck a $37 million 10-year deal in July 2010 with Global Switch.

The Australian Government Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025 aims to save $1 billion over 15 years through the effective use of shared data centre sites and services, longer term leases and improved ICT efficiency.

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