One of Australia's leading data service providers NEXTDC is to invest more than A$85 million is establishing the company's second data centre in Tullamarine, in Melbourne's north-west.

The new NEXTDC centre, to be called M2, will have an initial capacity of 2MW of IT load at launch with an ability to scale up to a target capacity of 25MW at full fit-out.

The construction of M2 is expected to create up to 200 jobs on and off-site, with another 100 jobs supported along the prefabricated supply chain. NEXTDC will engage Australian or Victorian-based suppliers.

M2 will deliver significant new capacity for organisations to access world-class co-location facilities and the benefits of cloud computing.

This investment into Victoria's growing IT industry and Australia's wider business economy reflects ongoing customer demand for premium data centre services.

The new M2 data centre creates a regional presence for some of the world's largest cloud computing platforms and further cements Victoria's reputation as a hub for ICT and cyber security investment.

NEXTDC has also announced the establishment of a second Brisbane data centre site, which will represent 6MW of the company's total projected capacity of 73MW across seven facilities nationwide.