Datacentre specialist and subsidiary of Nextgen Group, Metronode, has launched the first of two NSW Government next-generation datacentres for use as part of its datacentre reform project.
The inauguration follows the announcement, in May last year, that Metronode inked a $182 million contract with the NSW Government to provide datacentre capacity.
Some of the government departments that will house their data in the datacentre are NSW Health, the Department of Education, Department of Communities and corrective services, as well as the Department of Finance and Services.
NSW minister for finance and services, Andrew Constance, was at the launch to officially unveil the facility.
Constance mentioned that he is keen as the new minister to make sure that everyone understands the importance of the government’s ICT strategy, and ultimately the benefits it will provide the government and the community it serves.
“There is no doubt that people have expectations with the changing environment in which we all work and play and the government must deliver services that are agile and timely. If we don’t have the ICT strategy right, that cannot be achieved,” he said.
He added that the strategy is one that the government will continue to build on.
“We want to see a vibrant marketplace develop and one that aligns in terms of the government’s private Cloud initiative,” he added.
Nextgen Group CEO, Peter McGrath, said the inauguration marks the eight datacentre the company has in Australia.
McGrath claimed the launch signifies the ability for government, agencies and industry to work together.
“The NSW Government has committed itself to being a leader in the use of ICT. They’re transforming government service delivery and making it easier to do business with the government whether you’re a citizen or enterprise,” he said.
Some of the features of the Metronode datacentre include:
- 90 per cent reduction in power required for cooling
- Tier III accreditation from the Uptime Institute
- Direct free air-cooling and modular plant systems
- On site rain water retention harvesting
- Power Utilisation Efficiency (PUE) of less than 1.2
- Size of 16,800 square metres
“We are delighted to be recognised with the Tier III accreditation, which provides further validity of our commitment to providing environmentally friendly datacentres with reliability and security,” Metronode general manager, Malcolm Roe, said.
The second of the NSW Government next-generation datacentre is currently under construction.