Better data centre purchasing for Australia

23 March 2010

23 March 2010 | Helen Gilbert

The Australian government has published plans for the procurement and management of data centre services for the next 15 years.

The report, Australian Government Data Centre Strategy 2010 –2025, outlines its aims to develop a cross-government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) approach to meeting all its electronic storage needs.

It hopes the aggregation of demand and a more strategic approach will avoid the need to spend an estimated AUS$1 billion (£610 million) on data centre costs over the next 10 to 15 years. It also wants to encourage innovation and competition within the ICT industry.
Finance minister Lindsay Tanner said the current data centre footprint was close to 30,000 square metres – a figure which could double in the coming years as demand increases.

“The strategy sets out a plan for consolidating sites and increasing the utilisation of servers and storage. This will significantly reduce the costs and, importantly, the environmental impacts associated with operating data centres,” he said. “By aggregating demand across government we will also be able to procure services that better meet the data centre needs of the federal public sector.”

The government will establish a panel of suppliers from which public bodies will be required to buy all storage services for computer files. The first approach to market will be made in the second half of 2010 via the public sector contracts portal Aus Tender.

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