Josh Griggs, Managing Director of Metronode; Glenn Aspland, Metronode’s Senior Facility Manager; and Derek Paterson, Director GovDC and Marketplace Services at the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) discuss how Metronode responded when the NSW government decided to consolidate its IT operations.
Tell me the relationship between the NSW government and Metronode
Griggs, Metronode managing director: We entered a partnership with the NSW government in 2012, when we were selected to build and construct their facilities. They had very high standards and groundbreaking requirements that we’ve been able to meet and exceed. They were the first to specify Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility, the first to specify NABERS, and the first to specify Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability as contract requirements.
Paterson, DFSI: A big part of my role at DFSI is to consolidate agencies’ legacy data center infrastructure into two strategic data centers owned and operated by Metronode. Our initial objective was to consolidate more than 130 data centers into two. We’ve since broadened the program to include the needs of local government agencies and state-owned companies.
When you look across the evolving landscape of requirements, Metronode was best equipped to support agency needs of meeting energy-efficiency targets and providing highly secure physical environments, while meeting service level commitments in terms of overall uptime.
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