NSW Government signs mega data centre deal

 
Page 2 of 2 | Single page

The NSW Government's tenancy agreement with Metronode more closely resembles a public-private partnership than what is usually on offer from large third party data centres.

The Government has, for example, negotiated not just for floor space but also all aspects of power and cooling, availability, network links, security, and service desk support.

In principle, the NSW Government has committed to using up to nine megawatts of the total 18 megawatts on offer from the two facilities for the next ten years, with two five-year extensions also in the contract.

The Government has calculated that if all NSW agencies, state-owned enterprises and universities jumped on board the data centre reform program, it would currently use around eight megawatts of capacity.

In return for its commitment, the NSW Government has sought substantial control over the operational aspects of the facilities and a flexible approach to paying for the services supplied.

Unique outcomes of the contract include:

Flexible pricing

The NSW Government will buy services from Metronode on a per-kilowatt basis, a relatively new concept in government IT purchasing.

The contract sees the Government initially sign up to only use 3.2 megwatts of power upon completion of the facilities but Metronode has promised to hold at least nine megawatts of capacity across the data centres exclusively for NSW Government use.

The Government as a whole will only pay for what it uses, with guaranteed capacity slightly beyond its current requirements. This will ease pressure on the NSW Department of Finance to force agencies to adhere to its data centre reform package.

The Government has also sought guarantees on the price it pays for power. Metronode has promised a PUE above which agencies won’t have to pay.

Separately, the data centre builder has committed to signing up to the nascent NABERS accreditation for data centres once this standard is finalised.

Further, Metronode has allowed agencies to use the NSW Government’s pre-negotiated power contracts (the C777 contract with EnergyAustralia) to ensure it is enjoying the economies of scale on offer as part of the broader NSW Government.

Locking in power prices and demanding world-class power efficiency will prove a sound option if energy prices continue to escalate in anticipation of the carbon tax.

Guarantees on availability

The two facilities will be linked by an active-active connection, allowing agencies to fail over applications from one data centre to the other in near-real time in the event of a power outage, data corruption or other disaster.

Metronode has also committed to gaining Tier III accreditation from the Uptime Institute for both facilities. This accreditation demands that the facility is ‘concurrently maintainable’ and achieves uptime of 99.982 percent.

The Leightons subsidiairy recently became the second data centre operator to gain initial Tier III design document accreditation for its Melbourne facility.

The service level contracts allow agencies to operate at a level of redundancy usually reserved for banks and retail.

Controls

The contract also means NSW Government has unprecedented controls, including first right of refusal, over what other tenants Metronode can supply to from the same facilities to ensure public data and applications are never at risk.

Agencies will have access to web-based monitoring of their infrastructure.

Stay tuned to iTnews for a complete guide to negotiating data centre agreements.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


NSW Government signs mega data centre deal
 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  21%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1441

Vote