[LINK] "Data centre season"
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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 HPs 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 governments
investment in the NBN is driving corporate investment in the Australian
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
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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