Australian Government Appoints Data Center Migration Panel

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The Australian government has named six vendors to its data center migration panel, according to a report by DatacenterDynamics. As part of the government’s Data Centre Strategy, the panel will advise agencies moving data centers to avoid $1 billion in data center costs over the next 15 years.

To be in place for the next five years, the panel includes Dell Australia, Dimension Data, Fujitsu Australia, Hewlett Packard and The Frame Group and Colliers International Project Services, according to the report.

“Reasons for moving data centres can include the expiration of leases, requiring additional power to support IT equipment or changes in IT outsourcing arrangements,” Special Minister of State Gary Gray said in a statement. “Most agencies have limited experience in undertaking such an activity so the companies on this panel will work with agencies to plan and execute such moves ensuring minimal impact on services to the Australian community.”

Gray says more companies will be added to this panel in the near future.

Australia’s strategy is similar to the US implementation plan for data center consolidation that seeks “to deliver more value to the American taxpayer.” Announced in December 2010, the US government strategy includes reducing the number of federal data centers by at least 800 by 2015, and a shift to the cloud with its “Cloud First” policy that mandates each agency move services to the cloud.

A recent study shows that data center consolidation could save the US government $18.8 billion if the plan is completed. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra announced in April that the government has already shut down 39 data centers in 2011.

The Australian government also announced that it has added to its list of data center suppliers. Equinix, Australian Data Centers and Enterprise Data Corporation join Canberra Data Centre, Datacom Systems, Global Switch Property, iSeek and TransACT Capital Communications on the data center panel for agencies requiring data center services.

At the end of April, web hosting provider Site5 added a new data center in Australia.

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