Enjoy the freedom to innovate and grow your business
[ad] With Microsoft Azure you have hybrid cloud flexibility, allowing your platform to span your cloud and on premise data centre. Learn more at microsoftcloud.com.
IT Admin: No Time to Save Time?
[ad] Do you spend too much time patching machines or cleaning up after virus attacks? With automation controlled from a central IT management console accessible anytime, anywhere – you can save time for bigger tasks. Try simple IT management from GFI Cloud and start saving time today!
Free Forrester analysis of CRM solutions
[ad] In this 25 page report, independent analyst house Forrester evaluates 18 significant products in the customer relationship management space from a broad range of vendors, detailing its findings on how CRM suites measure up and plotting where they stand in relation to each other. Download it for free now.
Great articles on other sites
- Defence given $48m buffer for distributed computing
- Susan Sly quits AEMO
- David Gee departs Credit Union Australia
- Former Jetstar CIO picks up new gig
- Bitcoin goes retail with Westfield ATM
- Turnbull too quick to abandon faster, smarter broadband service
- NBN hypocrisy confirms contempt for process
- Turnbull walks away from NBN high ground claims
- Costs must be fixed first in piracy solution: Comms Alliance
- NAB deploys Chaos Monkey to kill servers 24/7
Reader giveaway: Google Nexus 5
We’re big fans of Google’s Nexus line-up in general at Delimiter towers. Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 … we love pretty much anything Nexus. Because of this we've kicked off a new competition to give away one of Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphones to a lucky reader. Click here to enter.
Enterprise IT, Opinion - Written by External Contributor on Friday, March 30, 2012 12:59 - 8 Comments
The datacentres that ate NSW
opinion Back in 2009, the NSW government commenced a process to identify a vendor to build two datacentre sites in the state – one in Sydney and one in the Illawarra region. However, this process is potentially becoming another Steven Bradbury moment, awarding the prize to the last person standing.
The original plan was for those datacentres to be built and operational by 2011/12, and then used by all NSW government agencies. A major factor in this consolidation was the volume of small, inefficient datacentres and expensive co-location space taken up by the various agencies acting independently. The model was based purely on co-location capacity and assumed that the state government would continue to invest large CAPEX dollars in IT hardware.
From a list of 17 respondents, the initial expressions of interest were shortlisted to five players; each invited to respond to a request for tender (RFT) issued by the government in November 2010. At that stage, it was forecast before the March state election that the facilities would be available in 2012.
Since that RFT was first issued to the five shortlisted vendors, three have dropped out. Now down to just two players, and more than a year after the tenders closed, there has still been no winner announced. Indeed, there has been periodic speculation that the RFT will – and should – be cancelled.
Regardless of the outcome, the winner will still need to complete the planning process and then build the new facilities. Based on industry experience, it is likely to be at least two years before these NSW government facilities will become fully operational – some five years after the consolidation process was first proposed.
In the meantime, the Federal Government has established a panel of multiple providers. This panel is open for the NSW Government to use with a minimum take-up of 500 square metres or 500kW of IT load. Nine of the datacentres included in the panel are (or are planned to be) based in NSW. New datacentres continue to be announced, including facilities for Macquarie Telecom, Fujitsu and Hewlett-Packard. The private sector has responded to demand and is rushing to meet supply.
So why is it that the NSW government continues to run a tender to invest in purpose-built facilities? Why continue to pursue old-world thinking that is based on a long-term lease (minimum of 10 years) with a committed footprint? The need for physical space is diminishing rapidly, with virtualisation and now cloud technology becoming more prevalent. Indeed, it is not even based on power – where we are simultaneously seeing a push to higher density computing.
Is this another white elephant? When is the state government going to join us in the 21st century and commit to cloud computing? Vivek Kundra, the former US Federal Chief Information Officer, responded to the multiplicity of US government datacentres by mandating agencies begin using cloud technology – they have forecast savings of over $20 billion.
Today, all governments are feeling the pressure of tight, fiscally driven budgets. Cloud infrastructure provides an opportunity to match usage to demand as and when required. There is no need for over-spec’ing to ensure capacity is there at some future date. Surely it is time for some fresh thinking in NSW government procurement – as taxpayers, don’t we deserve it?
Enterprise IT, News - Apr 23, 2014 15:58 - 3 Comments
More In Enterprise IT
- NSW Govt trials inter-truck safety devices
- Victoria finally kills $180m Ultranet disaster
- NetSuite in whole of business TurboSmart deal
- WA Health told: Hire a goddamn CIO already
- Former whole of Qld Govt CIO Grant resigns
Analysis, Telecommunications - Apr 23, 2014 12:04 - 10 Comments
More In Telecommunications
- AT&T to deploy Gigabit fibre to 100 US cities
- NBN Co demotes master FTTP architect
- ‘Super-sized’ broadband survey targets MyBroadband
- NBN Co considers third satellite
- Turnbull lies on NBN to Triple J listeners
More In Industry
- Hackett takes 40 percent UltraServe stake
- Tesla Model S may come to Australia shortly
- Equinix expands third Sydney datacentre
- Atlassian sells US$150m stock to US funds
- NSW Govt directly regulates taxi mobile apps
Blog, Digital Rights - Apr 23, 2014 12:57 - 30 Comments
More In Digital Rights
- Anti-piracy lobbyist enjoys cozy email chats with AGD Secretary
- NAB’s Bitcoin ban a symptom of the digital currency threat
- Europe says no to data retention, so why is it an option in Australia?
- House Foxtel: Unbowed, Unbent and Unreasonable
- Once again, Australia sets new Game of Thrones piracy record