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In pictures: Plan B opens Tawa data centre facility

Business continuity and disaster recovery service providers, Plan B, opened its Tawa, Wellington-based data centre this week. The facility, which will operated under the company's sub-brand of Southern Cross Data Centres (SXDC), will provide co-location and backup services to customers as part of a national network of facilities. If the remaining install goes according to plan, the company plans to go live with services in the data centre by the middle of September.

  • Backup and disaster recovery services provider Plan B opened its Wellington-based Southern Cross Data Centres (SXDC) facility this week.

  • Ian Forrester, MD of the firm, said the company had 40,000 backup tapes under management.

  • Forrester also said that with SXDC the company is offering niche services to customers, who can tap into a network of data centres to safeguard their data and business

  • The facility, which was declared open by deputy PM Bill English, will offer co-location services, tied to backup services, as part of a national network of data centres.

  • English said stewardship in the public sector is changing and the government has to know more about technolgy in order to better direct the $4 billion in tech projects that it had in the pipeline.

  • He also commended Plan B on choosing Wellington for the location of the facility as it added to the practical infrastructure and perception of things happening among technology businesses in the city.

  • The data centre will accommodate around 80 racks, and has been built to tier 2+ capability to allow for decentralisation and a spread-of-risk for customers.

  • Plan B thanked its partners, Just Switchboards and Schneider Electric, for making the data centre a reality.

  • The facility also hosts dedicated-tenant standby office space for clients who seek it.

  • According to the firm, considering remaining install and test schedules, the first customers will go live in the site in the second week of September.

  • Partners and customers who attended the opening ceremony were taken for a tour around the data centre in Tawa, Wellington.

  • Partners and customers who attended the opening ceremony were taken for a tour around the data centre in Tawa, Wellington.

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