Australian Government appoints NextDC to datacentre supply panel
- 09 July, 2014 18:21
NextDC's P1 datacentre in Perth.
NextDC is one of the first four datacentre operators to be admitted to the Australian Government Data Centre Facilities Supplies panel under the Australian Government Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025.
Admission to the panel, which is administered by the department of finance, enables NextDC to contract with the Australian Government departments and agencies for the supploy of data centre services at any of its five colocation facilities.
It is one of the first four companies to be added to the panel.
The other companies are Canberra Data Centres, Australian Data Centres and Datapod (Australia).
The panel arrangement will be in place for an initial period of five years with the option of a further five years.
Department of finance assistant secretary, Mundi Tomlinson, said the updated panel augments the government's existing arrangements and offers agencies a more scalable and flexible method to meet a wide range of requirements.
"This panel demonstrates a significant move forward in our approach to simplifying and streamlining Government’s procurement of ICT," she said.
"Under the new data centre procurement arrangements we will be entering service contracts rather than leases to procure supplies from facilities located in Australia."
NextDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie, said the company's "advanced facilities" and "rich business ecosystem" would provide government with a new level of scalability and flexibility in datacentre services nationally.