​AEC migrating IT infrastructure to NextDC's C1

Migration will be complete by October

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is migrating IT infrastructure from the Tuggeranong Data Centre (TDC) to NextDC’s C1 data centre in the ACT.

The TDC was managed by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

The contract is for five years and the migration will be completed by October.

“The assurance given by NextDC’s unparalleled security standards, operational excellence and the resiliency of our data centre’s power and cooling services was a key factor in NextDC’s successful bid,” said NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie.

DHS has gone through a data centre consolidation program.

A new data centre was opened in Fyshwick, Canberra, which would be shared by federal government agencies including the DHS in May.

The opening of the new facility marks the near completion of the department's data centre consolidation program. It has consolidated seven data centres down to two facilities.

At the beginning of 2012, the department’s data holdings were spread out across seven data centres located in Bruce, Hume, Tuggeranong, Canberra, Deakin, Brisbane and Sydney.

According to Minister for Human Services Marise Payne the consolidation would save taxpayers $24.5 million in leasing costs over the next decade.

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