Defence advances strategic IT reforms

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Defence advances strategic IT reforms

Awards networking, data centre and support contracts.

The Department of Defence this week announced new contracts with Dimension Data, Fujitsu and Global Switch, in accordance with its 2009 plan to consolidate data centres and its IT environment.

The 2009 Strategic Reform Program was expected to deliver $1.9 billion in IT savings over the next decade.

Fujitsu was awarded a three-year, $151.3 million Distributed Computing Central Services (DCCS) contract to consolidate and provide Defence's central IT support services.

The deal could be extended in blocks of up to five years, to a total of 20 years, and extended an existing relationship with former Telstra subsidiary KAZ, which was purchased by Fujitsu in March 2009.

Fujitsu would assume the responsibility of supporting Defence's 90,000 desktops and the Defence Central ICT Service Helpdesk.

Meanwhile, Dimension Data would provide Defence with network hardware maintenance support for its consolidated environment under a two-year, $29 million Terrestrial Communications (TC) contract.

According to April 2010 Defence documents, its TC environment featured: 165,000 voice ports; 5,300 switches; 673 routers; and 170,000 LAN switch ports, of which only 100,000 were active.

The TC contract replaced several others that were expiring this year, in accordance with Defence's aim to achieve more end-to-end vendor accountability by procuring 'technology bundles'.

"Within a few years Defence aims to have fewer suppliers of ICT services," Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Mike Kelly, stated yesterday.

"Defence also aims to achieve greater value for money to the Commonwealth by engaging with industry through more responsiveness and flexible contracting arrangements," he said.

Defence's third contract with data centre provider Global Switch would see the department move its primary data centre from Deakin in Canberra to a Tier 3 Global Switch facility in Sydney.

Outlining plans to migrate Deakin infrastructure to its new Sydney facility by March 2012, when the Deakin lease expires, Kelly said the deal was "key" to Defence's data centre consolidation.

The current Primary Defence Data Centre at Deakin was deemed no longer fit for purpose, having reached capacity for power and cooling.

A spokesman for Dr Kelly said Defence was undertaking power remediation works at Deakin to mitigate immediate power issues and provide capacity until it moved out of the facility.

The department declined to disclose financial terms of the Global Switch deal, as details were deemed commercial in confidence.

"Global Switch has been selected for providing the best value for money for the data centre facilities required by Defence for its future Primary Data Centre," Kelly said.

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