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Cloud demands dictate datacentre construction

Cloud demands dictate datacentre construction

East Tamaki in Auckland and Tuakau in Waikato are sites for the 'next generation' datacentres.

As companies gear up for cloud computing, new datacentres are being built to meet the expected growth in customer demand for secure, onshore, accessible data management and services. HP intends to build a $60 million datacentre in Tuakau, Waikato, to be operational in early 2012. It will have initial space of 500 sqm, with expansion options. The facility will be coupled with HP’s Mt Wellington datacentre to provide concurrent systems that run with real-time synchronisation between the sites.

"HP's next generation datacentre in Waikato will provide the infrastructure and services that organisations need for cloud computing services, application modernisation and datacentre operations," says HP enterprise services country manager for enterprise services Gavin Greaves says. Tuakau was chosen after a seismic study determined the location as low risk for earthquake damage.

IBM has just completed the build on its $80 million datacentre based in the Highbrook Business Park, in East Tamaki. The site was chosen because it is more than 30 metres above sea level, outside Auckland’s volcanic field and in a low seismic area. It features a 1500 sqm raised floor that has capacity for 720 racks. The 5200 square metre facility has four generators for back up power supply. Vector, TelstraClear and Telecom will provide fibre connectivity to the site initially.

IBM currently lease space in the Air New Zealand owned datacentre in Newton, central Auckland that was built in 1977 and the HP datacentre in Mt Wellington. It intends to exit both sites as it shifts both the company's equipment and its clients' equipment to the Highbrook facility. IBM also has a datacentre in Petone, Wellington.

The IBM centre is currently undergoing a certification process. It was due to be officially launched by the Prime Minister earlier this month, however the event was delayed after the earthquake in Christchurch. IBM spokesperson Kate Woodruffe says IBM will begin moving its own equipment into the new datacentre in the next couple of months and clients’ equipment will follow.

So confident is IBM that customer demand will drive the need for increased datacentre capacity, it has made provision for “mirrored” facility on the site, which will be built to the same specs.

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