Monday, October 23, 2017

Metronode to expand Australian data centre footprint

Operator wants to increase capacity as well as ability to land the sub-sea cables linking Australia’s west coast to Asia.

Data centre operator Metronode, an Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan subsidiary, has unveiled plans to acquire more land in Perth, Australia, to expand its presence in the region.

The announcement comes as the company is part way through a $150m construction program, with additional facilities currently being built at its Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong sites.

In Perth specifically, the company operates two data centres, Perth 1 and Perth 2. Combined, the two facilities offer 15,457 sqf of data centre floor, with Perth 2 being the largest facility at 10,613 sqf.

The acquired land is adjacent to the Perth 2 site in Shenton Park, where additional data halls are already being constructed, with capability to land the sub-sea cables linking Australia’s west coast to Asia.

The future expansion plans in the region come as the company expects to be the first provider in the Western Australia State to be awarded a 4.5 NABERS data centre rating for its existing Perth facilities.

Metronode’s Managing Director Josh Griggs, said: “Metronode data centres offer state-of-the-art, technologically-superior facilities to help our customers grow and scale at speed. Our facilities are also a natural fit for hyperscale cloud providers.

“Flexibility, security and agility is more important than ever to transform businesses and capacity is a distinct advantage because we provide our customers with certainty if they experience unforecasted demand.

“Perth is the gateway to Asia and Metronode’s data centres in both Perth and the East Coast provide world-class, highly-secure facilities able to meet customers data storage, redundancy, business continuity and cloud storage requirements.”