by Hamish Barwick

Canberra Data Centres and Digital Realty sign hosting deal

Sep 15, 20142 mins
Data CenterGovernmentManaged IT Services

Canberra Data Centres (CDC) has rented rack space at Digital Realty’s Tier III certified Sydney and Melbourne data centres to serve CDC’s government clients in these cities.

CDC currently owns four data centres in Canberra. Under the deal, CDC’s government clients’ data will be hosted in the Digital Realty Trust facilities.

“We feel that our track record in supporting government agencies combined with Digital Realty’s reputation will be a compelling story for existing and new customers,” CDC chief executive Greg Boorer said in a statement.

In July 2014, CDC was appointed to the Department of Finance’s data centre supplies panel as an approved supplier. This means CDC can provide its services to federal and state government agencies. The panel was created to help the federal government reduce its annual expenditure on data centres.

Australian Data Centres, Datapod Australia, NEXTDC, iiNet, Digital Sense Hosting and Pacnet were also appointed to the data centre supplies panel.

“Under these new data centre procurement arrangements, we will be entering [into] service contracts rather than leases to procure supplies from located in Australia,” Department of Finance assistant secretary Mundi Thomlinson said at the time.

During 2010, the federal government created a new data centre strategy and set up a panel for data centre facilities, which covers 20 sites across Australia.

In April 2013, the Australian government’s CTO, John Sheridan, said the government had signed more than $300 million worth of data centre contracts and avoided $24 million worth of costs.

Digital Realty Trust operates four data centres in Australia – two in Sydney and two in Melbourne. The most recent centre to open was Digital Deer Park in Melbourne during November 2013.

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