18 August 2017

D-Day for GovDC- are we there yet?

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It’s August 2017- the deadline NSW Government set for its data consolidation project, which began in 2013.

Metronode, the data centre operator for the GovDC data centres at Silverwater and Unanderra, detailed its plans to expand the facilities earlier this year.

“The aim of the program is to reduce the environmental footprint of government ICT, deliver savings in a number of areas, boost technical and operational standards and deliver greater resilience,” as summarised on Computerworld.

Worth more than $130 million, the key benefits of the data centres according to GovDC will be:
  •   known and transparent costs into the future
  •   improved technical and operational standards
  •   modern, certified facilities improving ICT reliability
  •   reduced data centre electricity usage, reducing environmental impact and costs
However the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation have not confirmed whether all agencies have completed their migration to the facilities or if they have been unable to meet the August deadline.

Metronode’s expansion announcement suggests it may be increasing capacity to allow the remaining departments to complete migration.

CEO David Yuile has proudly said the company “is currently the fastest data centre provider in Australia in terms of the construction time for new sites.” The Unanderra expansion project was projected to take just 10 months, with completion scheduled for this November.

Written by: Claire Dowler

Claire Dowler is a Senior Conference Producer with Akolade. She recently graduated with a double degree: a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Media and Communications Studies majoring in International Communication. Claire minored in sarcasm and puns.

A ballroom-dancer who collects salt and pepper shakers and volunteers for animal rescue, you might say Claire has eclectic interests.

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