The NSW Department of Services, Technology and Administration (DSTA) has published the shortlist for provision of data centre capabilities for the NSW Government’s Data Centre Reform Project on the NSW Tenders website, following the July 1 announcement of the list. The list is comprised of successful respondents to a December 2009 invitation of an expression of interest (EOI). The reform is a central plank of the NSW Government ICT strategy.
Published on Monday 23 August, the shortlisted EOI respondents will now be invited to participate in the forthcoming tender process. The five successful respondents are:
- Global Switch Property (Australia) Pty Limited;
- Gresham Property Investments Limited;
- Leighton Contractors Pty Limited;
- Macquarie Capital Group; and
- Plenary Group.
The five successful respondents were selected from a list of 17 applicants, of which the following were unsuccessful:
- Oracle Corporation;
- Sun Microsystems;
- Datacom Systems;
- Verb IT;
- Tier 5;
- Enterprise Data;
- Canberra Data Centres; and
- The Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communication.
According to the EOI documents, successful respondents were those “judged capable of delivering the Project”. Shortlisted applicants will have demonstrated compliance with the NSW Government’s ‘key procurement principles’:
- Value for money (on a lowest total cost of operation basis);
- Service Standards; and
- Continuity of existing “Above the Floor” services arrangements between service providers and individual NSW Government agencies.
Data centre efficiency was another key factor in the selection process. The EOI document explains that “the NSW Government encourages Respondents to develop proposals based on an optimal level of efficiency, balancing capital costs with ongoing utility consumption costs in order to achieve the lowest whole-of-life cost.”
The ultimate successful tenderer will be engaged in the provision, operation and maintenance of data centre capacity. The reform project will comprise scalable, robust data centre capacity spread across two separate, fit-for-purpose installations to cater for at least 3 MW of the NSW Government ICT load.
More broadly, the project aims to generate benefits to government service delivery, including:
- Lower data centre costs through consolidation;
- Provision of reliable capacity for expected growth in NSW Government ICT load demand;
- Reduced data centre electricity consumption and reduction in carbon emissions;
- Greater resiliency and reduced service down time; and
- Providing an enabling platform for the implementation of other NSW Government ICT Strategy programs.
The reform project is the result of a 2008 NSW Government review of data centres across agencies. The review found that:
- Projected agency demand surpasses current (2008) levels of installed data centre infrastructure;
- Agencies have escalating requirements for higher levels of data centre availiability, resilience and redundancy;
- Cooling technologies can significantly reduce electricity consumption; and
- Estimated ICT power usage across government facilities will be 5.8 MW by 2011.
The Data Centre Reform Project seeks to remedy these findings and manage data centres more sustainably and efficiently.
The project is in line with the federal consolidation of data centres recommended by the Gershon Report.
The request for tender (RFT) will be issued before the conclusion of first quarter 2010. Facilities are expected to be fully operational sometime in 2011.