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NextDC stumps up $133m for 'bulletproof' data centre

Telcos flock to Melb high security, green facility

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ASX listed data centre purveyor NextDC has ploughed $AU130m ($133m) into a new Melbourne based facility, M1, pitched as the city’s largest.

Foundation clients include NTT Communications Australia, iiNet Business, Amcom and PIPE Networks, M2, Optus and ASG.

NextDC chief executive Craig Scroggie said the company was on its way to revolutionising data centre services in Australia.

“NextDC is also a real representation of how the National Broadband Network is acting as a force multiplier for investment in Australia. The NBN and the vision of the Digital Economy is encouraging investment and innovation in Australia’s ICT landscape,” he said.

The data centre follows the new trend to "greener" data centre operations, featuring an $AU1.2 million solar rooftop project. The 400kW solar array due to be installed by Australian firm Energy Matters will generate 550 MW hours of electricity annually, enough to power a NABERS 4-star rated office space for over 890 people each year, and will offset approximately 670 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to the emissions from 200 cars.

The 17,500m2 facility was designed with ASIO T4 security standards and includes six data halls designed as separate concrete bunkers within a large concrete bunker to provide maximum protection, dual and triple factor encrypted challenge and authentication systems. The facility also claims bulletproof security access throughout the entire lobby security area - just in case Melbourne’s underworld turns to cyercrime.

NextDC has launched a similar facility in Brisbane and is currently finishing up work on construction for its Sydney based data centre. ®

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