Revera, Datacom awarded NZ government data centre contracts

Companies to build tier-three facilities in Wellington and Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand data centre providers Revera and Datacom are set to build new tier-three facilities after being awarded infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) contracts by the NZ government as part of a bid to reduce IT costs.

Revera was selected to supply IT infrastructure to government agencies over the next 10 years this week. Its $40 million, 4000 square metre modular tier-three data centre is under construction in Upper Hutt’s Alexander Industrial Park and is slated for completion in April 2012.

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Once complete, the company will have five modular data centres including sites in Tawa, Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton.

Revera business development general manager, Robin Cockayne, said in a statement that the Wellington facility was needed because its Tawa data centre was near capacity and offered insufficient scope for expansion.

Datacom’s preferred supplier of Cloud and data centre services contract was also signed with the NZ government this week and is for a period of 10 years with an optional five year extension.

The company will now begin construction of a tier-three data centre in Hamilton which is set for completion in 2013. It will also extend existing Cloud and data centre infrastructure in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Datacom NZ chief executive, Greg Davidson, said in a statement that a standalone Cloud computing platform called Datacom Cloud services for government would be made available to government agencies by December 2011. The Cloud services would be run from its commercial Cloud platform in the three existing data centres.

“Storage and computer services will be provided in a range of price, performance and availability tiers to meet varying agency requirements,” Davidson said.

“An online portal will provide agencies with a 'single view’ to provision and manage the services provided. The portal will be secured using the NZ government’s igovt identity verification service.”

Gen-i and IBM NZ, which opened an $80 million data centre in Auckland during May this year, were also shortlisted for the IaaS contracts.

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