Gen-i is doing due diligence on Revera, according to credible sources. Neither party will comment on what they term “rumours” but Computerworld is reliably informed that the process is nearly complete and that an announcement is likely in the next few weeks.
Revera is one of three companies that the government approved for Infrastructure as a Service, a deal that Gen-i missed out on. The other two IaaS-approved companies are IBM and Datacom. It’s thought that this has put Gen-i on the back foot when pitching for government agency business.
Since the IaaS announcement, Revera has been the subject of buy-out rumours. It’s been suggested that Fujitsu and Dimension Data have shown interest.
Last November, Telecom CEO Simon Moutter revealed that Gen-i would build two major datacentres, in Auckland and Wellington, to go live in 2014 and 2015.
“We’re in the datacentre game,” he said.
When asked if the planned investment was on the same scale as Datacom’s $30 million facility in Hamilton, he replied: “No bigger, big ones.”
In October, Gen-i announced it would build a $10.5 million datacentre in Christchurch, to open mid this year.
In March, Gen-i’s new CEO Tim Miles was asked if getting on the all of government IaaS panel one of his key performance indicators.
“The IaaS panel – I would say it’s a good thing to be on it. Is it my reason for being, no,” Miles replied.
“We’ve got to be allowed to get back on it [Department of Internal Affairs would need to re-open the panel] but we see a lot of demand from our clients and potential clients around datacentres and cloud, whether that be government or non-government.”
Gen-i currently has 14 datacentres but most are located inside exchanges.