The Department of Finance and Deregulation has approached the market for a new Data Centre Facilities panel, following a lengthy review of the existing arrangement.
The Request for Tender (RFT) for the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel (Panel Two), closing on 3 October 2013, has eliminated minimum lease requirements that proved problematic for smaller agencies under the existing Data Centre Facilities Panel.
“We want to establish a panel that better matches the data centre needs of Agencies with industry offerings and do so in a way that reduces the burden on industry,” said Assistant Secretary at the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Mundi Tomlinson in a blog post last week.
Concerns were raised in March 2013 about the current Data Centre Facilities panel in regards to these mandatory lease terms and centre sizes. Following an industry consultation, Tomlinson said that a new approach to market would eliminate minimum requirements of 10-year leases of at least 500m2 or 500kW of data centre spaces.
The RFT has asked for pricing models for contract periods of one, three, five or ten years, indicating a lower contract minimum, as noted by Tomlinson. The RFT does not explicitly state minimum size or kWs per centre.
It is expected that by lowering these minimums smaller agencies will be able to enter agreements directly through the panel, rather than having to enter into consortium agreements.
The RFT also makes it mandatory that proposed data centres be located in Australia, have a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.9 and have a capacity of 1 million voltage amps.
Panel Two is expected to be established by March 2014. It will have an initial term of five years, with extension options for a further five years.
The existing panel (Panel One) will continue to be functional until its expiration in February 2017. Suppliers under the arrangement will have to reapply through the new RFT to provide services under Panel Two. They include:
- Australian Data Centres;
- Canberra Data Centres;
- Datacom Systems;
- Enterprise Data Centre;
- Global Switch;
- Macquarie Telecom;
- TGI; and
- Transact Capital Communications.
“Panel 1 members which do not submit a response by the RFT closing date will remain subject to the Panel 1 Head Agreement and Lease arrangements,” said Tomlinson.
According to Intermedium’s AnalyseIT, the current Data Centre Facilities Panel has accrued a value of $314.5 million since its inception in 2011. The largest contracts include:
- A $223.7 million, ten year lease between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Canberra Data Centres;
- A $45.6 million, ten year lease between Finance and Canberra Data Centres; and
- A $22.1 million, ten year lease between the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Metronode.
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