The Department of Finance and Deregulation and ComSuper have become the first government agencies to avail themselves of data centre facilities - from TransACT and Canberra Data Centres respectively - using the consortium arrangement agreements (CAAs) develop for the whole-of-government data centre facilities panel,
TransACT announced that it had won a $8.6m contract for data centre facilities from the Department of Finance and Deregulation
The minimum requirements for a lease for data centre facilities to be entered into through the panel are 500m2 of data centre space and/or 500kw of power supply for a 10 year period. According to a posting on the AGIMO blog "These minimums were established as the points where the Government is benefitting from its coordinated buying power."
Such commitments however are likely to exceed the requirements of many agencies. So AGIMO has implemented a process where AGIMO will enter into a CAA with a panelist under which agencies can lease the supplier's data centre facilities. AGIMO will then coordinate additional agencies to build a consortium that meets the minimum space or power requirements and enter into a lease under the head agreement. AGIMO said: "Several other agencies [are] looking to establish [leases] soon."
TransACT said it had invested in a 4.5 MVA (megawatt) power and support infrastructure upgrade of its data centre. "ActewAGL, our energy partner have assisted us by working to deliver power from two independent zone substations as part of the power upgrades, further enhancing the data centre's mains redundancy." TransACT's chief of Federal Government and ACT, Ivan Slavich, said.
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Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.