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Pacnet scores Network Services wins in NSW, VIC and Federal governments

by Pallavi Singhal •
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Pacnet is gaining traction in the public sector networking services market, with its selection as a supplier of Networking-as-a-Service in the NSW Government’s Silverwater GovDC data centre following two recent wins with the Federal and Victorian governments.

Under the most recent deal, Pacnet will be eligible to supply scalable Network-as-a-Service provisions to NSW agencies as part of the GovDC marketplace. It will offer a range of solutions, including:

  • Dedicated Internet Access;
  • IP Transit;
  • Hardware-as-a-Service;
  • Managed unified communications; and
  • IPVPN services.

According to a recent media statement, Pacnet intends to establish a Point of Presence at the Silverwater centre and host an internet gateway that will enable agencies to migrate workloads between GovDC facilities and other compatible data centres.

The GovDC initiative aims to consolidate 130 NSW Government data centres into two facilities located in Silverwater and Unanderra. The facilities will host the GovDC Marketplace, through which agencies will have access to a range of on-demand ICT services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service and other managed services.

All agencies are expected to migrate to the consolidated data centres by August 2017.

Pacnet was also selected to supply network services under the second iteration of the Australian Government Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel (Panel 2) following its establishment in June 2014, which provides Federal agencies with access to a set of services similar to those offered through the GovDC Marketplace. Pacnet was not on the original Data Centre Facilities Panel, which accrued a total contract value of $314.5 million between its inception in March 2011 and September 2013, according to Intermedium’s AnalyseIT. The original panel will continue to operate alongside Panel 2 until February 2017.

In addition, Pacnet is currently responsible for the provision of managed networking services for the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES). Pacnet announced a three-year contract extension in September 2014 that will see it continue to maintain and upgrade a Layer 3 MPLS network across 145 VICSES sites and provide scalable bandwidth services to the agency.

Other major contracts for the supplier include its $114 million seven-year contract for telecommunications serviceswith the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which currently covers the Department’s Secure Australian Telecommunications and Information Network (SATIN). However, due to ongoing issues with SATIN capabilities in an increasingly complex business environment, DFAT approached the market in early 2014 to recontest network services provided by Pacnet. The outcomes of the approach are yet to be announced.

Pacnet has also won a number of contracts under the Department of Finance’s Internet Based Network Connections Services (IBNC) panel, including:

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