in brief The Department of Defence has passed its first hurdle in its datacentre-consolidation process, announcing that it had received first pass approval yesterday.
The project was first touted in August, and aims to save the department up to $500 million over the next 10 years by consolidating 280 datacentres into just 10. Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowden said in a statement that the decision yesterday represents "real progress on the Defence Information and Communications Technology Strategy 2009".
The request for tender for the project went out earlier this year, and reportedly a final vendor is expected to be picked by 2013, with the roll-out completing by 2019.
The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has a whole-of-government datacentre panel established specifically to provide services to government departments, and most departments are required to utilise that panel. However, it has previously sought an exemption to be able to use its own processes for vendor selection, and has been quoted as saying that it might do so again if the need arises.