Lake Macquarie plans IT overhaul

Lake Macquarie plans IT overhaul

Summary: The city's council is keen to modernise its IT, and may consider outsourcing everything.


Lake Macquarie City Council is looking to shake up its existing IT environment, and is open to outsourcing its entire IT infrastructure.

The council has put out a tender seeking to replace its existing core IT infrastructure, namely servers and storage, as it has reached its end of life. Lake Macquarie is also looking to virtualise its IT environment.

The new infrastructure will need to support a number of the council's initiatives for the next three to five years, including upgrades to Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint 2010 over the next 18 months.

"The project is seen as an opportunity to not simply replace, but rethink and improve the current approach to delivering IT infrastructure," according to the council's tender document.

The council also wants to add new capabilities, such as remote network access, infrastructure monitoring systems, and disaster recovery.

Lake Macquarie City Council has made it clear that it does not necessarily need to own the new IT infrastructure, and is open to any option that meets the council's business needs, including outsourcing everything. The company that wins the tender must be able to work closely with the council's internal IT team.

The council already outsources its core business applications and related IT infrastructure to a Telstra datacentre in Sydney, with services managed by Capgemini.

Tender application closes on February 12.

Topics: Australia, Government AU, Hardware, Outsourcing, Software

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • Based on what you wrote

    A upgrade to what they have may work, but there is always the something else that may work and they might agree with.

    I would love to visit the area, great web site.

    Keep writing, some read other than the norm at times,

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