Metronode to bulk up NSW GovDC datacentre footprint

Metronode to bulk up NSW GovDC datacentre footprint

Construction set to begin early this year

Datacentre operator, Metronode, is set to begin construction on new data halls at its Silverwater and Unanderra facilities to accommodate growing demand from the New South Wales Government.

Construction at the two sites, which are home to NSW Government data as part of the state’s GovDC program, is set to begin early this year.

“Metronode has housed NSW Government data since the GovDC program began in 2012 at both facilities. We constructed another data hall in Unanderra in 2015 to provide additional capacity and we are now further expanding both facilities in 2017,” Metronode managing director, Josh Griggs, said.

In the past, Metronode inked a $182 million contract with the NSW Government in 2012 to provide datacentre capacity for the NSW GovDC initiative, which was aimed at consolidating the state government’s datacentres from 130 sites to just two.

The deal was part of a broader strategy by the state government to adopt a new, as-a-service approach to its technology consumption, with the purpose-built datacentre infrastructure aimed at giving agencies access additional resources without major capital expenditure.

A marketplace was established within the datacentres, allowing private suppliers to take space and supply services to agencies. IBM and Fujitsu are among the suppliers that are part of the marketplace.

“We want to see a vibrant marketplace develop and one that aligns in terms of the government’s private Cloud initiative,” then NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance, said at the time.

All government agencies are expected to relocate their datacentre infrastructure into the facilities by August this year.

For GovDC NSW Government director, Derek Paterson, the additional capacity will help expand the marketplace.

“We are pleased that this additional capacity will support more agencies and allow services to be added to the GovDC Marketplace, helping us to meet our objectives,” Paterson said. “Our priority is driving digital innovation to improve access to services for the citizens of NSW.”

The deal to expand the GovDC datacentre footprint comes just over a month after the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) revealed it had completed the acquisition of an additional 29 per cent stake in Metronode from CIMIC Group, wresting full ownership of the datacentre provider.

The Canadian pension fund had previously held a 71 per cent stake in Metronode, stemming from its 2013 acquisition of a majority interest in its parent company, Nextgen Group Holdings.

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