Buying data centre space and services
We make it easier for government buyers to buy data centre space and services. We do this by bringing together approved suppliers in the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.
What is this panel?
The Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel is a group of suppliers who provide data centre space and services.
Who the panel is for
Non-corporate Commonwealth entities
Non-corporate Commonwealth entities must use this panel when they’re buying data centre space and services.
Other government buyers
The following government buyers can choose to use this panel:
other Australian Government bodies
state and territory government agencies
Benefits of using this panel
We have assessed all panel members to make sure they provide good reliability. Their data centres have a high degree of ‘availability’ and ‘redundancy’, which means they’re able to operate continuously for long periods of time.
This reduces risks to core business for government buyers.
We have selected panel members through an open tender process. This reduces the procurement and legal costs for government buyers.
Ease of comparison
All panel members provide detailed service descriptions and pricing models. This allows buyers to compare different data centres and choose the types and levels of service they need.
Lower environmental impact
Buyers can consolidate their data centre sites by moving to one supplied by a panel member. This helps buyers to reduce their data centre footprint, their costs and their environmental impact.
Better monitoring and reporting
Using a panel member can lead to better visibility of running costs and better management practices. For example, power and cooling costs become clearer.
Members of this panel include:
Australian Data Centres
Canberra Data Centres
Datacom Systems (ACT)
Digital Sense Hosting
Equinix Australia National
Hewlett Packard Australia
NTT Com ICT DC Solutions (Australia)
Vocus Data Centres
Please get in touch with us before contacting these panel members so we can let you know about any updates to the list.
Using this panel
Before using this panel
You should consider your data centre requirements 18 to 24 months before one of the following trigger events:
expiry of an outsourcing contract
major asset replacement
end-of-life of a data centre
significant change in a data centre’s capacity
You’ll need to get in touch with us so that we can advise you on the best panel members for your requirements.
These requirements include timelines, space (in square metres), power and power densities (in kilowatts per rack), additional services, location preferences and dependencies.
How to use this panel
You can then do either of the following:
approach a panel member directly and start negotiating with them
work with us to put out a request for quotation so that panel members can supply quotes
This panel was set up as part of the Australian Government Data Centre Strategy 2010-2025.
The DTA is reviewing this strategy and will put forward a revised version in late 2018. Get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Government buyers who use this panel must still comply with the following policies and processes:
- Commonwealth Procurement Rules
- the PGPA Act 2013
- the PGPA Rule 2014
- their organisation’s accountable authority instructions
Standing offer number
The standing offer notice ID number for this panel is SON 2402841.
Closure of the previous panel
The previous Data Centre Facilities Panel is being closed. All current leases will continue until their natural end.
Government buyers should use the newer panel, which offers better pricing and terms and conditions than the older one.