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TransACT beefs up data centre for Dept of Finance

AGIMO panel brings in the dollars

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The Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation has amplified its data centre requirements signing a AUD$8.6 million deal with iiNet owned TransACT for the provision of data centre services.

TransACT secured the ten year agreement after being selected by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to be part of the coveted Whole-of-Government Data Centre Facilities Panel.

The other supplier on the panel, Canberra Data Centres (CDC), signed a larger agreement with the Department of Finance and Deregulation earlier in the year worth $45.6 million.

To meet emerging government demand, iiNet has invested in a 4.5 MVA power and support infrastructure upgrade increasing the capacity its data centre facilities. While energy partner ActewAGL has beefed up power redundancy requirements, delivering power from two independent zone substations as part of the upgrades.

TransACT Chief of Federal Government and ACT, Ivan Slavich, said under the new agreements agencies are now able to purchase tailored amounts of data centre space through simplified procurement procedures.

Federal government superannuation administrator ComSuper was the first agency to sign data centre leasing agreements with the panellists TransACT and CDC and it is expected that a raft of other key agencies are currently negotiating their data housing requirements.

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