NZ firms cash in on govt datacentre push

NZ firms cash in on govt datacentre push

Summary: Two datacentre projects worth NZ$70 million in total have been announced in New Zealand following a major cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service deal by its government this week.

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Two datacentre projects worth NZ$70 million in total have been announced in New Zealand following a major cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deal by its government this week.

The two main winning bidders, Revera and Datacom, are to build NZ$40 million and NZ$30 million centres in Wellington and Hamilton, respectively.

Revera has already started work on the 4000-square-metre, tier three site, designed to meet earthquake standards and is due for completion in April. It will add to other Revera datacentres in nearby Tawa, as well as Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton.

Revera general manager of business development, Robin Cockayne, said a diverse spread of such centres helps reduce risk. The development of such centres also confirmed the success of Revera re-engineering its business from product services towards cloud computing, Cockayne said, which helped his firm win a share of a major government IaaS contract announced this week.

"Revera operates New Zealand's largest IaaS platform, and it is testament to the focus and foresight Revera has applied to be awarded the opportunity to play an integral role in the all of government initiative," he said.

Datacom announced its new Hamilton facility yesterday, which will also meet tier three and earthquake standards and like Revera's new facility, it will serve many government clients.

In its announcement this week, Datacom said it would be offering the New Zealand Government cloud services within 90 days, also using existing centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

"Datacom applauds the NZ Government's progressive initiative in establishing the provision of infrastructure as a service to its agencies, which we believe is a world first on this all-of-government scale for a national administration," said Sydney-based Datacom Group CEO Jonathan Ladd.

The IaaS deal, announced on Tuesday, allows the New Zealand Government to buy computing infrastructure "on demand", with claimed savings of NZ$50-$250 million expected due to simplified purchasing and operation.

Peter Mersi, acting chief executive for the Department of Internal Affairs, says this procurement syndicate, led by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Ministry for Economic Development (MED) is the first of a series of similar deals, planned as part of a reform of government procurement.

The government infrastructure-as-a-service initiative is also aligned with the 2010 Directions and Priorities for Government ICT and now forms an integral part of the government ICT Roadmap, launched in August 2011, a DIA statement added.

Topics: Government, Data Centers, Government AU, New Zealand

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