The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has called for industry feedback on its proposal to offer government agencies data centres as a service (DCaaS).
The shared services proposal, announced on Friday, is aimed at catering to smaller government agencies for whom data centres were an overly expensive component of their operational budgets.
“This core idea is that while data centres and ICT infrastructure are essential to an agency’s operations, they are posing many challenges for smaller agencies,” the discussion paper reads.
“Some examples of the challenges facing agencies include rising expectations on ICT, scarce ICT resources, rising ICT costs while budgets are constrained and that ICT issues are distracting from achieving an agency’s core mission.”
According to the paper, DCaaS could range from hosting, including power, cooling and physical security, to house ICT equipment owned by agencies, and disaster recovery.
It could also include fully outsourced services allowing agencies to use a provider’s own equipment, or a fully managed service allowing agencies to use their own gear.
Cloud is also an option; something that the AGIMO has canvassed previously via a draft strategy paper which aims to educate agencies on the delivery model and discuss potential future adoption for public-facing, unclassified services and information.