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Three new vendors added to whole of government data centre panels

by Paris Cowan •
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NEC has become the ninth vendor to be added to the whole of government Data Centre Facilities Panel, and IBM and APC are recent additions to the whole of government Data Centre Migration Panel.

According to Austender, NEC was added to the Facilities Panel on 24 June 2011. The standing offer arrangement continues through to 9 June 2016.

NEC will offer hosting from its data centre within the Polaris facility, located in Queensland.

The panel success marks a positive end to the year for NEC’s government business. While some contracts for the 2010-11 financial year may yet be published in the coming weeks, $4.2 million worth of contracts between the Federal Government and NEC have been published for  the 12 months to June 30 2011.

In the 2009-10 financial year, Intermedium’sAnalyse IT tool identified $23.6 million worth of Federal Government contracts that were awarded to NEC.  In both years most of the company’s government business was in telecommunications services and equipment.

NEC’s addition to the panel also follows its inclusion on the recently announced whole of government Telecommunications Management Panel, which, like the data centre panels, is overseen by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

It will join Enterprise Data Centres, Equinix, Australian Data Centres, Canberra Data Centres, Datacom Systems, Global Switch, iSeek and TransACT on the Data Centre Facilities Panel, the membership of which was first announced on 5 May 2011.

The inclusion of tech giant IBM and APC on the Data Centre Migration panel became effective as of 27 June 2011.

The Migration Panel covers the services required by agencies to transfer their ICT infrastructure to one of the facilities managed by the Facilities Panel.

These include:

  • requirements definition;
  • procurement;
  • design;
  • data centre project management and logistic planning;
  • installation and logistics;
  • commissioning data centre ICT infrastructure;
  • decommissioning vacated data centre; and
  • data centre metrics & capacity management.

IBM and APC join Colliers, Dell, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and The Frame Group on the panel.

While procurement through these panels is compulsory for all FMA Act agencies, Intermedium reported in May that the Australian Taxation Office has already received an exemption for the Facilities Panel, making for a significant cut in the value of business that will conducted through the arrangement.

The panels form part of the government’s Data Centre Strategy. The Australian Data Centre Strategy was launched in March 2010 in response to the recommendations of the 2008 Gershon Review into Government ICT.  The objective of the Strategy is to save $1 billion in data centre expenses between 2010 and 2015 by replacing an ad-hoc approach to data centre procurement with a consolidated plan.


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