Thursday, October 19, 2017

Colocation, hyperscale demand forces construction of Australian data centre campus expandable up to 200 acres

Telstra and Schneider Electric enter project has partners to help build Australia’s first Tier III data centre park.

Construction of a new data centre campus in Australia has broken ground in answer to demand for colocation services and hyperscale capacity.

The project, named Pulse DC, is being developed by construction and engineering firm FKG Group, and has been priced at A$40m ($29.75m as of June 5, 2017).

The Tier III data centre buildings are located close to Toowoomba, Queensland, in a piece of land owned by FKG which could be used to further expand the site’s capacity, according to the company.

The campus sits in an area which accounts to 46 power stations within 100Km. Constructors have also said the fact the land is 500 meters above sea level will heal reduce energy consumption and consequently costs.

At an initial stage, data centre buildings are being built on a 29-acre piece of land. However, the plot measures a total of 200 acres which could be used to build more data centres.

The first phase of the project is expected to become operational in early 2018.

FKG’s executive chairman Gary Gardner, said: “We are seeing major international companies making significant commitments to colocation and hyperscale data centre capacity in Australia right now, which is why we are excited to be developing a data centre that meets that brief.”

Also involved in the project are Telstra and Schneider Electric which have partnered with FKG.

Telstra has been tasked with helping with the sites connectivity through its regional network, whilst Schneider Electric will bring its energy management and automation portfolio into the development.

Gardner said: “The likes of these companies will bring investment in infrastructure, jobs, skills, knowledge, and commercial horsepower, which will help grow businesses in the area.”