The Western Australia Department of Treasury and Finance is looking to set up a whole-of-government datacentre solution panel.
In its request-for-tender, the WA Government is looking to establish a panel of suppliers for the provision of datacentre facilities and associated management services. It comprises of two stages. First it will look to initiate a consolidation phase. The second stage will potentially look at a broader range of datacentre solutions.
The request-for-tender statement said stage one doesn’t replace or change the intention for a Whole-of-Government solution, but it addresses an immediate need.
“It is anticipated the suppliers included in the Stage 1 arrangement will form the basis of any subsequent panel established as part of the Stage 2 mandatory Whole-of-Government solution,” the statement said. “A sole or a panel of suppliers may be appointed based on the capability to address the current datacentre requirements of the Government.”
The Department has set out requirements, which includes a Tier 3 primary datacentre facility in WA and second datacentre site, that is sufficiently far apart, to be used for disaster recovery. It will also require managed services for its applications and data.
Some of the other requests listed include high infrastructure availability, recovery to be consistent with the criticality of the applications, flexibility to handle peaks and growth in-demand.
The initial contract term for Stage 1 is two years, with two one-year extension options. The Department estimates the initial value of the contract including all extension options is worth $52 million. The closing application date is July 27.