As a result I have added an extra slide to my presentation:
Good Business is GreenThe Australian Government is not alone in this approach of a lack of transparency to ICT policy, the Queensland Government Data Centre Strategy is not made publicly available, although the QGEA Policy statement appears to contain the essence of the policy. The policy says that agencies in South East Queensland must use the two government data centres. Agencies must consider using the shared equipment and networks of the centres, but are not required to do so.
From: Data Centres Policy, Queensland Department of Public Works, December 2009 v1.0.0
- ... economies of scale through consolidation of small data centres to a shared facility ...
- ... consolidation to shared infrastructure, such as servers, storage and networks ...
The key to green data centres, and green ICT in general, is not sophisticated energy saving technology, but policies for efficient use of resources. To use energy and materials efficiently and thus be green, data centres need sufficient economies of scale. This is noted in the Queensland Government's Data Centres Policy. The Australian Government has a similar strategy prepared by AGIMO, in response to the Gershon Report, but which has not been publicly released.
It is unfortunate these government data centres strategies are not made public. Apart from the loss of this government funded advice to the private sector, most people engaged in ICT development in government agencies will not have access to the advice. This will result in a poorer policy and less effective implementation. The Australian and Queensland governments should release their reports.
The Queensland Government and its agencies will adopt a whole-of-Government approach to data centres as outlined in the Queensland Government Data Centre Strategy.
This policy will assist government to move towards becoming a single enterprise, reduce risk and improve value for money through:
- the provision of resilient fit for purpose data centre accommodation for the Government’s ICT systems
- economies of scale through consolidation of small data centres to a shared facility
- increased security through the provision of appropriate physical security, 24 hour surveillance and monitoring and auditable access control
- certainty of costs for budgeting for ICT initiatives
- less project risk for agency initiatives as the need for data centre “design, build and operate” tasks is removed
- facilitates other ICT consolidation to shared infrastructure, such as servers, storage and networks
- potential cost savings through re-assignment of computer room space to in-demand office accommodation in the Brisbane CBD.
Policy requirement 1: Use of government data centres
Agencies must use the two government data centres currently located at 317 Edward Street and/or Springfield (Polaris), unless otherwise approved by the Peer Review Panel, to ensure the implementation of the whole-of-Government Data Centre Strategy and consolidation of data centre requirements across the Queensland Government.
Policy requirement 2: Use of whole-of-government solutions
Migration of agency ICT equipment to the Queensland Government data centres must include consideration for the use of whole-of-Government solutions for networks, infrastructure and enterprise management as part of the migration strategy. ...
From: Queesnland Government Enterprise Architecture Data Centres Policy, Queensland Department of Public Works, December 2009 v1.0.0