Cisco nabs $9.5m NBN Co datacentre deal

Cisco, EMC and VMWare have secured a $9.5 million datacentre equipment deal with NBN Co, the company charged with rolling out the Federal Government's $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) project.

Cisco, EMC and VMWare have secured a $9.5 million datacentre equipment deal with NBN Co, the company charged with rolling out the Federal Government's $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) project.

The initial contract will run for three years, with the possibility of an extension, and will see Cisco provide computing, storage access, network and virtualisation to NBN Co at its Global Switch datacentre in Sydney.

"We are pleased to have acquired yet another strategic supplier as we continue to construct the building blocks that underpin the operation of the NBN," NBN Co's head of corporate services Kevin Brown said in a statement.

"Cisco is recognised as a leader in global networking equipment manufacture and brings a wealth of experience to the project. We look forward to working with their 600-strong team in Australia as we develop the supporting infrastructure for the NBN."

As with NBN Co's deal with Global Switch, the Cisco deal has the potential to expand as the company's needs grow.

NBN Co is expected to announce the location of a second datacentre at a later date.

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