[LINK] "Data centre season"

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sun Feb 6 14:06:07 AEDT 2011

Data centre season down under

By Natalie Apostolou  3rd February 2011 

As Asia Pacific data centres hit 90 per cent capacity, a new crop of data 
hubs is blooming across Australia.

This week HP unveiled its ‘Next Generation Data Centre’ in western Sydney 
suburb Eastern Creek, better known as a motor racing hub.

The Sydney data centre investment is part of HP’s US$1 billion 
"transformation" to retire legacy assets and build new, modernised 

The facility integrates server, storage, networking and management 
resources, and will provide the infrastructure required for cloud 
computing services, application modernisation and data centre 

The data centre will also come equipped with a HP Carbon Emissions 
Management Service, an assessment service that helps organisations 
calculate energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions emanating from 
the use of IT.

Opening the centre, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said 
infrastructure "such as this Next Generation Data Centre exemplifies the 
type of forward-looking investment activity that the NBN is encouraging 
in Australia. It is a tangible demonstration of how the government’s 
investment in the NBN is driving corporate investment in the Australian 
ICT sector.”

The multi-million dollar investment will be an employment stimulant, 
immediately creating “hundreds” of new local jobs in the construction and 
associated industries, the minister said

The centre is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

HP is the latest in a run of new data centre operators banking on the 
benefits of the NBN. 

A new data centre was launched by Tier 5 and Dell in Adelaide, South 
Australia in December which is attracting government and educational 
facility customers.

A fleet of data centres are poised to launch this year from freshly ASX 
listed company NextDC, a data hosting company founded by former Pipe 
Networks chief Bevan Slattery. The company is slated to launch a flagship 
data centre in Brisbane in March, Melbourne in November and another in 
Sydney at an as yet unspecified date.

(The Australian) "The centre will start operating at an initial capacity 
using around nine tennis courts of data centre space. At full operational 
capacity the centre offers around 45 tennis courts worth of floor space. 
HP said that the data centre was expected to have an operating life of 30 
to 50 years."




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