Macquarie Telecom has been awarded a $6.2 million contract with the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) for the supply of data centre facilities.
The six-year contract will see the publicly-listed telecommunications provider offer the space and facilities necessary to ensure high availability of IT services to the Parliament and recovery in the case of equipment or other failures that may occur.
Specific details about software and hardware possibly being supplied as part of the contract could not be detailed for security reasons, a spokesperson for the department told ARN.
As a result of the contract, Macquarie Telecom will be responsible for an offsite data centre that will integrate with and extend existing technology investments.
"Some technology enhancements are included in the engagement and will deliver greater efficiencies in storage and recovery capabilities," a DPS spokesperson told ARN.
The deployment is planned to be completed by the end 2018, with Macquarie Telecom selected on the basis of value for money.
This contract is part of the long term DPS strategy of delivering high availability and secure IT services to the Parliament, the spokesperson added.
The contract was sought through the Digital Transformation Agency's Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel (panel 2) - this panel from July 2014 counts on 15 suppliers including Canberra Data Centres, Datacom Systems, iSeek Communiactions, NextDC and others.
Macquarie Telecom recently signed a deal with NBN Co to sell telecommunication and data services to businesses in Australia, struck a matter of days before this announcement.
The six-year wholesale supply deal valued at more than $100 million, is set to give businesses access to the publicly-listed telco's internet, data and SD-WAN products delivered over NBN Co’s multi-technology-mix, which consists of fibre to the premises, fibre to the node, hybrid fibre-coaxial, fixed wireless and satellite services.
As a result, Macquarie Telecom will create 50 new jobs, with part of those dedicated to provide National Broadband Network (NBN) support.