Macquarie Telecom has become the tenth vendor to gain a place on the whole-of-government Data Centre Facilities Panel, and the fifth added to the whole-of-government Internet Based Network Connections (IBNC) Panel
Macquarie was listed in a post on the AGIMO blog written by Kayelle Wiltshire, the Assistant Secretary in charge of Central Facilities within AGIMO. The Austender listing for the Standing Offer Notice (SON) has yet to be updated.
Its addition to the list means its Sydney CBD data centre will become one of the facilities mandated for use by all FMA Act agencies within the Federal Government, as part of a 15 year strategy to save $1 billion through a coordinated approach to data centre procurement.
The term of the current panel contract will see it continue until June 2016.
Although figures for 2010-11 are not yet finalised, Intermedium’scontracts database records Macquarie Telecom’s total Austender reported contract value for 2010-11 at $7.1 million.
Macquarie has announced that construction has begun on its second Sydney data centre, Intellicentre 2, which is scheduled to open in early 2012. The $60 million facility is being built in North Ryde, and investment was secured with the support of NSW Trade and Investment.
On the same day, the AGIMO blog indicated that Verizon joins Macquarie in being appointed to the IBNC Panel. Fujitsu, Telstra and TransACT had previously been announced as winning places on that panel.
The IBNC Panel allows agencies to acquire telecommunications carriage services, including major internet connections. It has an initial term of three years, with two options for one year extensions available.
The AGIMO announcements continue a period of heightened activity in coordinated procurement with AGIMO regularly updating the list of panel appointees as contract negotiations are finalised.
Only one of the current crop of whole-of-government panels remains to be announced - the Greenfields Data Centres Standing Offer. AGIMO has indicated that tender responses to it are still under evaluation.
AGIMO’s coordinated procurement program is generating positive results for the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
Speaking at the Technology in Government & the Public Sector Summit, Special Minister for State, Gary Gray said that Federal Government agencies had saved as much as $8.6 million on computer hardware costs in the first year of the whole- of-government desktop hardware panel.
He also said that the Federal Government was now paying 30 percent less than the national average for desktop computing, where previously it was paying 56 percent more. Intermedium’s contract data shows that a total of $26.1 million worth of desktop hardware contracts have been posted in AusTender against this SON. This figure is likely to be an under-reporting of the total value of business being transacted under the panel arrangement, as Intermedium believes not all agencies are including the SON in their postings.
The Microsoft Volume Sourcing Arrangement was also singled out by Minister Gray.
“To date, the Government has saved over $60 million on the cost of Microsoft software since the contract was established in January 2009. It has exceeded our savings expectations, and further savings are expected,” Gray said.
“Almost two years on, I’m pleased to say that we have eight coordinated procurement arrangements in place for the supply of desktop computers, internet connections, mobile phones and data centre facilities.
“These contracts allow us to combine IT requirements from multiple agencies to increase our purchasing power,” he said.