NSW Health has taken the first steps in its transition to one of two new data centres being built by Metronode for the use of the NSW Government, approaching the market for a migration plan.
NSW Health and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) will be the primary anchor tenants for the soon-to-be-completed data centres, which form the centrepiece of a major initiative aimed at consolidating all of the Government’s data centre needs into two purpose built facilities.
A restricted Request for Quotations (RFQ) has been issued to suppliers who are members of NSW State Contract 2846 (for Storage, Server Platforms and Virtualisation Technologies) and State Contract 2020 for IT services. It has not been publically released via the NSW Tenders website.
“The RFQ includes a range of planning services relating to data centre architecture and standards, and the migration of applications to the new facilities,” said a NSW Health spokesperson.
She added that it is not yet clear whether the Department would also approach the market for services required at later stages of the migration.
“NSW Health will manage the migration internally and assess the need for additional services based on the outcome of the RFQ process,” she said.
In May this year the NSW Government signed a ten year contract with Metronode, a subsidiary of Leighton Group, worth $182 million for the lease of the facilities. Construction is set to take place throughout the 2012-13 financial year.
NSW Health and DEC are due to become the first occupants of the completed facilities in Silverwater and Unanderra. Corrective Services and Businesslink are also said to be early customers.
The remaining agencies will be expected to make the transition within the first four years after Metronode opens the facilities. Migrations are to be triggered by lease expiries and infrastructure renewals.
While it will be up to agencies to decide how they want to manage their migration activities, Department of Finance and Services Deputy Director General Ann Skewes hinted in May this year that the NSW Government would like to achieve some level of coordination around this.
“We will certainly be looking at achieving efficiencies across agencies around how they do this. We will want to drive some coordinated planning across the sector,” she said.
An industry briefing on the RFQ was held on Monday, 6 August 2012 and a successful supplier is expected to be confirmed before the end of the year.