Macquarie to build AUD$17 million data centre in Canberra
Two subsidiaries of Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ) have won a contract to build a new datacentre in Canberra (pictured) to meet growing demand for government-sector cloud and cyber security services.
Macquarie Government and Macquarie Data Centres have confirmed that construction on the new centre, located at Macquarie’s Canberra Campus, is scheduled to begin in July.
At 1.5MW, phase one is due for completion in December.
With an initial investment of AUD$17 million, it takes Macquarie’s total investment in Australian data centres this year to $100 million.
Once completed, the full Canberra campus comprising IC4 and IC5 will be 4MW, with additional capacity to expand further if required.
“Risk to Government of a cyber breach and the dependency on cloud services are at an all-time high – we’re not just going to return to the ‘norm’ after this pandemic and facilities of this calibre are an essential requirement in Canberra,” said Aidan Tudehope, MD of Macquarie Government.
“Government departments need to have clarity over data sovereignty – who controls the data, where does it reside, and who has access. We cover these bases by ensuring Australian control and access only by Australian Government-cleared specialists. The IC5 South Bunker at Macquarie Data Centres’ Canberra Campus will also provide a safe haven for agencies that don’t want all their eggs in one basket, whether that’s splitting data between our facilities or other providers.”
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Macquarie Governmentb reported a strong uptick in business over recent months with with 42% of agencies and personnel now leveraging its cyber security, secure internet gateway and cloud services. This included a recent $20 million deal with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to protect it from security threats.
Macquarie also aims to further capitalise on the increasing trend of hybrid IT in Australia. A recent report from IDC indicated IT services revenue will grow from nearly $20 billion in 2019 to $24 billion in 2023, primarily driven by hybrid cloud and security-related services.
“The trend towards hybrid IT is only accelerating in the advent of the pandemic due to a step-change in online behaviour. We are injecting circa $100 million into the economy this year with stage one of the build of our IC3 hyperscale Sydney facility at our Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus and the new IC5 South Bunker at our Canberra Campus,” said David Hirst, group executive, Macquarie Data Centres.
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