Federal Government to launch data centre strategy

CeBit data centre conference starts next week

The Federal Government will launch its data centre strategy next week at the Future-Proofing Your Data Centre conference in Sydney.

Minister for finance and deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, will head a list of experts at the CeBIT Australia conference, which runs from 22-23 March 2010.

Data centres have become a major focus in the wake of the Gershon Review, which noted the absence of a whole-of-government strategic plan for data centres could cost taxpayers up to $1 billion over 15 years if a more coordinated approach wasn’t implemented.

Federal, state and local governments are upgrading current data centre setups, including the Federal Government’s Welfare Super System and infrastructure upgrades for the New South Wales State Government and local council of Boroondara in Melbourne.

Other presenters at the conference include Asia-Pacific managing director for Amazon Web Services, Shane Owenby, who will discuss cloud computing economics, comparing OpEx versus CapEx and the Australian Taxation Office’s chief knowledge officer, Philip Hind, who will discuss disaster recovery plans.

Westpac engineering and sustainability general manager, Randy Fennel, will outline how organisations can optimise the performance and stability of existing data centre infrastructure, including improving lifecycle management and identifying under-utilised hardware and software.

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia manager for enterprise architecture and strategy, Michael Jenkins, will talk about using modular data centre designs with built-in expansion capabilities and adding capacity or redundancy via scalable unteruptible power supplies.

The conference is part of the CeBIT’s global conference series. A full speaker list and agenda is available at www.cebit.com.au.

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