Last week, the NSW Government released an Expression of Interest (EOI) to consolidate data processing requirements.
The EOI calls for two purpose-built, geographically separate facilities, initially requiring 3MW capacity. The Government does not rule out the provision of capacity in existing data centres, provided other requirements are met.
The Department of Health and the Department of Education will be the initial "anchor" tenants due to pressing requirements for increased capacity.
In 2008, the NSW Government carried out a review of 55 data centres across 32 Government agencies that were at least 50 square metres and had ICT assets worth at least $1 million.
The review revealed that:
- Projected agency demand significantly surpasses current levels of installed data centre infrastructure;
- Agencies have escalating requirements for higher levels of data centre availability, resilience and redundancy; and
- Estimated power usage across these facilities will be 5.8MW by 2011.
According to the EOI document, the NSW Government’s Data Centre Reform Project seeks to:
- Reduce the cost of operations and future capital investment;
- Improve reliability, security, capacity and opportunities for consolidation of applications and data across government; and
- Minimise the ongoing environmental impact of the NSW Government’s data centre operations, demonstrating environmental leadership.
Construction is expected to commence in 2010 and be completed in 2011. The contract is expected to run for up to twenty years.
In a statement, Commerce Minister Jodi McKay said a key aim was to support jobs, provide significant cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint.
"This project responds to the NSW Government Jobs Summit commitment to investigate data centre reform," Ms McKay said.
"Like all sectors of the economy, the NSW Government has a growing demand for data storage and computing capacity, and we want to ensure that we are using this as effectively and efficiently as possible."
Several locations are suggested but the Government is open to suggestions by interested parties.
- Project briefing 4 November 2009
- Closing date of EOI responses 1 December 2009
- The RFT is expected to be released first quarter 2010
Previous articles on data centres in NSW Government
3 August 2009 NSW data centres update - Part 2
2 March 2009 A green data centre is not a data centre strategy
16 March 2009 The data centre dilemma
16 February 2009 The data centre consolidation hybrid
9 February 2009 NSW Govt likely to consolidate data centres from 2009-10