NextDC has become the second supplier to join the Queensland Government ICT Supplier Panel for data centre-as-a-service (DCaaS), though its Brisbane operation.
Through the panel, Queensland Government departments and agencies will benefit from pre-negotiated pricing and conditions with services being provided from NextDC’s B1 and B2 data centres.
“NextDC’s appointment to the supplier panel for data centre services is an important step forward for the Queensland Government,” NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie said. “We have built Brisbane’s most advanced, connected and highly secure data centre facilities to support the growing needs for our customers.”
“We’re delighted to be formally working with the Queensland Government, we share the same values in our passion for innovation, using technology to advance business and doing it responsibly and ethically in support of driving new opportunities and a better future, filled with greater resources for generations to come,” he added.
Last year, the company invested $470 million during the first half of the 2019 financial year in expanding its operations, with part of the investment going towards expanding the number of halls at Brisbane (B2).
Appointed by CITEC, a division of the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing and Public Works, NextDC’s appointment comes five months after Pulse Data Centre became the first supplier to join the panel.
“In 2017, the State Government released a tender seeking Data Centre as a Service providers,” a spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works told ARN.
“At this stage, NextDC and Pulse Data Centre have secured a Standing Offer Arrangement to provide data centre services to the Queensland Government and are on the panel as suppliers,” the spokesperson said. “Further suppliers may be added as the tender evaluation process is finalised.”
Pulse DC was selected after an exhaustive Government review of the recently opened Toowoomba-based centre’s facilities, including a number of site visits along with confirmation of the centre’s Tier III Uptime certification and ISO Quality Certifications (ISO 27001, 14001 and 9001).
“The Queensland Government has a significant annual IT spend and we welcome their support for this Queensland-owned and operated data centre as a sign of their confidence in the state’s capabilities,” Pulse DC CEO Peter Blunt said at the time.