The New South Wales government have started to implement their data centre reform programme, with education (specifically, the NSW DET – Department of Education and Training) as one of the key drivers. The government in NSW currently runs around 130 data centres, and to goal is to bring that down to just two, over the next decade.
The NSW CIO has said that will save 473GWh of electricity* over the next 15 years , so there’s a cost driver. And it will also drive more scalable and robust capacity.
What it’s likely to mean for education users and partners is that there will be more pressure to either deliver a complete service (eg a cloud-based service) or use the new central government data centres. The days of projects which require discrete networks of servers, with high upfront capital costs, will be limited.
* If, like me, a GWh doesn’t mean much, then here’s a comparison – 473GWh is half the total annual electricity consumed in the state of Victoria in 1990.