US Data Centre giant in major Victorian investment
|15 February 2012 |
|Digital Realty, a global leader in data centre solutions, today announced plans to establish two new data centres in Melbourne. The investment at the company’s Deer Park site in Melbourne’s west, is worth a total of A$150 million and is expected to create more than 450 direct and indirect jobs through the construction phase.|
|The new Victorian facilities will be the first fully pre-leased facilities built by Digital Realty in Australia and will position the company to support Victorian, Australian and Asia-Pacific customers. When fully-operational, the state-of-the-art facility is expected to directly employ up to 33 staff and create a further 200 indirect jobs. |
This investment further establishes the presence of another strong international technology brand in Melbourne, at a time where the shift to cloud computing is driving the development of more and more large scale data centres. The investment builds on Victoria’s technology capability and adds to the state’s reputation as a natural home for data centres and a leading regional hub for ICT businesses.
Customers of the San Francisco-based firm include many Fortune 500 and high-profile multinational corporations across multiple industries, including ICT, cloud service providers, manufacturing and financial services.
Each Digital Realty facility is features state-of-the-art power and cooling architecture that has been optimised for green operation. Each facility has a centralised software system which monitors and manages the data centre power consumption, energy efficiency and load analysis.
Digital Realty’s Regional Head, Asia-Pacific, Mr Kris Kumar, said the Victorian data centre project is expected to have a significant positive economic impact on the Western Melbourne region, estimated at around A$365 million.
“We believe this project will serve as an economic engine for Victoria by providing critical computing infrastructure for companies bringing additional investment and jobs to the region,” Mr Kumar said.
“Australia is one of the world’s most dynamic data centre markets, and we are proud to be making this major investment in Victoria and expanding our rapidly-growing presence in Australia.”
This latest development follows the release of the Victorian Government’s Technology Plan for the Future – Information and Communication Technology – an A$85 million plan to promote ICT-enabled innovation and support the growth of internationally competitive and recognised ICT businesses.