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Where are all our data centres going?

By banjo271 - 30 June 2010 7

Has anyone noticed recent announcements about government data centres in Canberra.

From the Australian today 29/6: Defence to slash data centre costs

DEFENCE has selected a new supplier, kicking off plans to save more than $400 million over a decade in data centre costs. It had chosen a facility outside the ACT of 1000-plus square metres, Defence chief technology officer Matt Yannopoulos told The Australian.

Then this: Tax office signs for more data centre space

Are we in Canberra concerned in this development? Who is pushing this and where are our local members on this?

What’s Your opinion?


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7 Responses to
Where are all our data centres going?
flynnite 11:57 am 01 Jul 10

read the Canberra Times today..
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/gillards-old-dept-sacks-it-workers/1873640.aspx?src=enews

Gillard’s old Dept sacks IT workers
MARKUS MANNHEIM

Digga 10:55 am 01 Jul 10

And there’s more at The Australian IT today. Providers taken from Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner’s selected panel of 5 suppliers:

NSW government reveals data centre shortlist – http://bit.ly/NSWDCShortlist

georgesgenitals 1:16 pm 30 Jun 10

There wouldn’t be time to get a new facility built and ready prior to the move needing to commence anyway. Besides, Canberrans should be cheering, as the old data centre is being knocked down to build more residential housing.

Noezis 12:57 pm 30 Jun 10

Not enough power, not enough land and the government has said that they will be looking for DC providers outside of Canberra.
The old EDS/ATO data centre is being knocked down to make way for apartments.

DC providers should consider a built for purpose multi storey DC in one of the town centres, I would like to say one of the industrial areas but the power is either flaky or non existent.

mikal 11:17 am 30 Jun 10

Perhaps its just that people running data centers noticed the NIMBY response over the Canberra Technology City facility and picked the path of least resistance?

indigoid 10:43 am 30 Jun 10

I’m frankly surprised that ATO chose GlobalSwitch over Equinix. Fools

S4anta 10:40 am 30 Jun 10

Just another example of why having a minority government involving the Greens needs a closer look. Business will simply move operations rather than put in more work comply to over onerous conditions for development. Why would you put the extra leg work in the initial satges of any project when you can slip into another jursidiction and get the prelminaries done in half the time with half the red tape?

Yes, there is a need for sustainability to be seen as improtant in any future development from now on, but the recent precendents set in regards to developments being declined on NIMBY, environmental grounds is a massive risk for such a small economy as the one that the ACT has.

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