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Metronode wins Bureau of Meteorology data centre lease

by Paris Cowan •
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Updated with lease value:The Bureau of Meteorology has signed a ten-year data centre lease with Metronode, which will see its data housed in one of the company’s two Melbourne facilities.

It is the sixth full ten-year lease to be signed through the whole-of-government Data Centre Facilities panel established by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in March 2011, according to Intermedium’s contract database.

To date the most valuable panel deals awarded have been a $224 million lease between the Department of Human Services and Canberra Data Centres and a $45.6 million lease signed by the Department of Finance and Deregulation on behalf on a consortium of smaller agencies, also with Canberra Data Centres.

This latest deal however puts a halt to Canberra Data Centre’s panel winning streak. The company was the incumbent supplier to the BoM prior to decision to move to the Victorian facility. In June this year, the four year contract between the BoM and Canberra Data Centres for use of its Hume facility came to an end, at a value of $3.6 million across its lifetime.

Update 12 October 2012: The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that the value of the lease is estimated to be in the order of $22 million (inclusive of GST) over its term.

Details are available here

The BoM lease adds another feather to Metronode’s public sector sales this year, after the subsidiary of Leighton’s Group won the NSW Government’s notoriously late contract to build two Tier III facilities to house all of the State public sector’s aggregated data demand in May. The ten year lease itself is worth $130 million with network infrastructure and energy services bringing the total value of the deal to $182 million.

The Bureau’s data centre migration is not the only activity on its ICT agenda. It has recently advertised for an IT project manager to oversee “a number of simultaneous IT software development projects” currently underway within its Climate and Water Project Management section. 

To date no contract has been identified on AusTender for the migration of the Bureau’s physical infrastructure to the Metronode facility. These services will have to be awarded to a member of the mandatory whole-of-government Data Centre Migration Panel.

Late in 2011, the Bureau awarded a $171,000 contract to Dimension Data to develop a business case and transition plan for the move to a new data centre.

The migration to the Victorian facility reflects the dual locations of the Bureau’s head office functions, which are split between Canberra and Melbourne.

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