The Western Australian Department of Treasury and Finance (DoTF) will establish a non-mandatory common use arrangement for the provision of data centre services to government agencies in the state.
The $52 million initiative will see the creation of a common panel of data centre suppliers, initially of private facility solutions including disaster recover, to meet the immediate needs of the Department of Health (DoH) and the DoTF.
Other agencies with an immediate requirement will also be encouraged to purchase through the new common use arrangement.
According to the DoTF, the creation of the panel of suppliers would initiate a consolidation phase in the state’s data centre procurement.
This would compliment the Government’s existing program to establish a mandatory whole-of-government arrangement – the second stage – for a potentially broader range of data centre solutions by late 2011.
The first stage of the initiative will be initially for two years, extendable up to four years.
According to the DoTF, the DoH’s immediate needs were for a tier three primary data centre facility and a second data centre site to be used for disaster recovery.
“DoH operates several critical clinical systems and stores confidential patient data which requires the security and uptime of a Tier 3 facility,” Treasury documents in the data centre initiative read. “DoH has also determined that its risks are best managed by requiring the facility manager to provide management services associated with housing its applications and data…”
The anticipated contract value for the DoH data centre requirements was $11 million per year.