IT storage firm, Canberra Data Centres has commenced construction on Fyshwick 2, its fifth data facility designed to secure a greater share of cloud services in the government sector.
The company already provides data services to more than 40 federal government agencies as well as the ACT government.
The $150 million-plus data centre is the company's largest generating 20 megawatts and will take CDC's investment in the ACT to more than $500 million over ten years.
Earlier this month CDC announced a partnership with Microsoft, to deliver the Microsoft Azure cloud platform from its Canberra data centre ecosystem, hosted across their two data centre campuses in Hume and Fyshwick, starting in 2018.
Chief executive officer Greg Boorer said, “Government estimates that its data holdings will be 100-fold larger in the next decade than they are today.
“The addition of Fyshwick 2 – slated to come on stream in 2018 – will ensure enough capacity for two to three years’ growth in the market we operate in, both meeting the needs of our direct clients, and also those government agencies and departments that will use Microsoft Azure delivered out of our data centres.”
Boorer said that Fyshwick 2 would represent a further evolution of CDC’s unique data centre design with the latest security, more efficient outcomes, smaller and larger more powerful secure footprints and an ability to accommodate heavier floorloading.
The investment in Fyshwick 2 tops $150 million, will create 100 jobs during the construction phase, and longer term about a dozen highly skilled personnel will be hired to run the new data centre. This investment brings to $500 million the level of investment over ten years by CDC.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the new investment by CDC, “This demonstrates to the world that Canberra is a hub for innovation in cloud technology and services in a market that is becoming increasingly crucial for business, for individuals and for governments around the world.”
The managing contractor in delivering Fyshwick 2 is property and construction company, Hindmarsh.
Canberra Data Centres completed its first data centre in 2009 and now operates four data centres across two campuses at Fyshwick and Hume.
The company is majority Australian-owned with its long-term stable management team owning 4% of the organisation and the Commonwealth Government entity, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, holding a 48% stake on behalf of Australian Government employee and Australian Defence Force superannuation fund members. The balance of ownership sits with New Zealand based Infratil which invests in long term infrastructure assets.
Main image: Canberra Data Centres' CEO Greg Boorer on site at Fyshwick 2.