Seven more federal government agencies have applied to buy data centre capacity from the government's interim data centre panel.
Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Finance) Lindsay Tanner named the Government’s interim panel in early October. Suppliers on the panel are: Canberra Data Centres; Fujitsu; Global Switch Property; Harbour MSP; and Polaris Data Centres.
"We are in discussion with some other agencies at the moment about interim arrangements," said David Tune, Secretary for the Department of Finance and Deregulation and Chair of the Secretary's Board, in Senate Estimates.
ZDnet reported that the agencies looking to utilise the interim panel are:
- The Australian Securities and Investments Commission;
- The Bureau of Meteorology;
- The Department of Climate Change;
- The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts;
- The Department of Immigration and Citizenship; and
- The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
In June, AGIMO CIO Ann Steward issued an expression of interest (EOI) for a whole of government "panel for the provision of immediate and interim data centre facilities" aimed at addressing the Government’s most pressing data centre capacity needs.
Back in August, Centrelink, one of the agencies known to be running critically short of data centre capacity, awarded a significant two year contract to Canberra Data Centres (CDC) The two year contract (commencing 1 September), valued at $4,880,000.
In his report to Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner last year, Sir Peter Gershon issued a blunt warning, that a whole of government data centre strategy was urgently needed. Otherwise, he warned, the Government risked spending an extra $1 billion over the next 15 years in ad hoc investments.
Previous Federal Government data centres articles
6 October 2009 Government names interim data centre panel
14 September 2009 AGIMO to release data centre contract panel within a fortnight
24 August 2009 Contract to alleviate Centrelink data centre capacity