Saturday, November 25, 2017

Australia state gov’t expands data centre footprint in digital innovation drive

State of New South Wales continues task of consolidating its data centre footprint by turning to green energy and focusing on digital services.

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) has expanded its footprint at Australian colocation company Metronode’s data centres in its latest drive for digital innovation.

The data centre operator has signed a contract to provide additional data halls for the GovDC program at its Silverwater and Unanderra (Wollongong) facilities with construction beginning early this year.

The GovDC program was launched by the government of NSW in 2010 to gradually reduce its data centre footprint which at the time accounted to 130 facilities. The consolidation done through the program is done towards improving digital services and reducing costs.

Derek Paterson, the NSW Government Director for GovDC, said: “Our priority is driving digital innovation to improve access to services for the citizens of NSW.

“We are pleased that this additional capacity will support more agencies and allow services to be added to the GovDC Marketplace, helping us to meet our objectives.”

The Director of the GovDC & Marketplace Services at the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) has told the Uptime Institute that Metronode won the contract because it “was best equipped to support agency needs of meeting energy-efficiency targets and providing highly secure physical environments”.

Metronode’s managing director Josh Griggs said: “Metronode has housed NSW Government data since the GovDC program began in 2012 at both facilities. We constructed another data hall in Unanderra in 2015 to provide additional capacity and we are now further expanding both facilities in 2017.

“Energy efficiency is a key deliverable for the GovDC program and our engineered technologies, along with our superior security systems, have more than satisfied the Government’s requirements.”

Metronode runs in total ten data centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Illawarra, Melbourne, Perth and Sidney.

In December 2016, Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) concluded the full acquisition of Metronode.

The OTPP already owned a 71% stake of the colocation provider but has taken its share to 100% with the acquisition of the remaining 29%.

Metronode CEO David Yuile told Data Economy: “The new structure ensures Metronode is well placed to move forward with its strategic plans to grow its business, capitalising on its market-leading data centre design and construction expertise.”