Aussie PM Defends Defence Department’s Delayed Exit From Chinese-Owned Data Centre

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the delayed exit by the Department of Defence from a Chinese-owned data centre based in Sydney. Defence made plans in 2017 to migrate all its data into a secure, government-owned facility by 2020, after the UK-based Global Switch owners sold a 49 percent stake to the Chinese consortium Elegant Jubilee in December 2016. However, the department will remain in the current Ultimo-based data facility in Sydney until 2025 under a $53.5 million contract. A defence spokesperson told itnews that the decision arose due to the sheer size of the department’s data holdings. “The size of the Defence holdings made it impractical to migrate all the holdings from the data centre prior to the expiry of the Defence lease in September 2020,” they said. “Defence has developed a plan to migrate its remaining holdings cover the next three to five years, as supported by the …

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