Dominic Perrottet MP
Minister for Finance and Services

Second Stage Of Data Centre Open For Business

NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet today launched the second stage of the NSW Government’s data centre, officially opening the expansion of its Silverwater site.

“This second stage of the Silverwater data centre paves the way for 130 of the state’s ageing and inefficient data centres to be consolidated into two purpose-built facilities,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Along with the facility in Unanderra, this state-of-the-art centre delivers on our commitment to streamline secure, robust service delivery and reduce costs for the NSW taxpayer.”

Mr Perrottet said the second stage was completed on time and within budget to mark the second year of the data migration program.

In a partnership with Australian data centre specialist Metronode (the datacentre arm of Nextgen Group Holdings), the first stage at Silverwater began operation in July 2013 and the second data centre in Illawarra’s Unanderra was completed the following month.

Once fully developed, both centres will each be capable of supporting up to nine megawatts of IT load.

Metronode General Manager, Malcolm Roe, said “We are delighted to successfully launch the second stage of the Silverwater site. We have designed both facilities to be environmentally and economically sustainable with the highest levels of reliability.”

“The Silverwater and Illawarra facilities are ideally located to provide disaster recovery for both the Sydney and Canberra markets, being less than two hours by road and two milliseconds by fibre,” he said.

The data centres are also the first winners in the Asia-Pacific area of the Brill Award for Efficient IT by the Uptime Institute. More than 350 data centres in more than 50 countries were eligible to win this award. 

Agencies from all major government departments have already started to migrate their systems over to the new data centres, Mr Perrottet said.

“The data centres include the GovDC Marketplace, that allows private companies to supply cloud services directly to government agencies,” he said.

“The ability to provide on-premise services through the Marketplace means that small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) are able to better compete with larger providers.

“Already more than 100 companies are registered to supply services to the Marketplace, creating jobs and business opportunities for SMEs.

Mr Perrottet said the Government Data Centres (GovDC) were the first government facilities to be certified to the latest ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System.

“Marketplace providers and government tenants are able to benefit from the security system,” he said.

“By consolidating the existing 130 individual agency data centres into two purpose-built facilities, agencies and taxpayers are also benefiting through economies of scale.

“Electricity usage will halve for most agencies, representing a $5 million annual saving and reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 7,500 cars from the road each day.”

The two GovDC facilities are contractually committed to achieving a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) five star rating in 12 months.