Migrating to GovDC

Touring the Government Data Centre

eHealth NSW’s Executive Management team recently visited the NSW Government Data Centre (GovDC) at Silverwater for a tour of the facility to mark the commencement of NSW Health migrations.

Led by Metronode and the Data Centre Reform (DCR) Program Manager, Peter McMillan, the tour took eHealth NSW management through the purposebuilt facility which will eventually house all NSW Health applications.

The tour coincided with the completion of the foundation infrastructure build, which enables NSW Health to host production systems, paving the way for the implementation of new corporate and clinical applications and the migration of existing systems into the GovDCs.

The Corporate IT Program has already migrated its development and test environments to the Data Centre and is currently in the process of completing the build of the production environments with a view to go live in early 2015.

The Silverwater Data Centre is a next-generation facility which boasts the prestigious Tier III Accreditation for both Facility Design and Construction by the Uptime Institute. This means that it meets world best practice and rigorous global standards for reliability.

“I was impressed by the standard of the facility, especially from an eco‑technology perspective,” said Michael Walsh, Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer, eHealth NSW. “The Data Centre has been developed using BladeRoom technology designed to maximise efficiency through the use of free-flow air cooling. This will translate to significant operational savings and reliable performance.”

The direct free air-cooling and modular plant systems deliver power utilisation efficiency, with on-site rainwater harvesting and an intelligent site-monitoring system.

The tour was attended by Michael Walsh along with John Lambert, Chief Clinical Information Officer; Simon Geraghty, Chief Technology Officer; Andrew Pedrazzini, Director, Infrastructure Office; Michael Costello, Director, Innovation, Strategy & Architecture; Farhoud Salimi, Director, Corporate IT; and Peter McMillan, Program Manager, Data Centre Reform.

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