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NEXTDC Launches Melbourne’s Largest Independent Data Center

July 5, 2012 by  

Web Hosting Services – The Board of NEXTDC Limited (ASX: NXT) (“NEXTDC” or “The Company”) is pleased to announce that NEXTDC’s flagship data center in Melbourne (M1) will be officially launched at an exclusive event today by the Hon. Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity.

Located only 5 kilometres southwest of Melbourne CBD, the M1 facility is Melbourne’s largest data center. M1 offers corporate, government, technology and cloud services providers the opportunity to collocate their Information Technology and Telecommunications infrastructure in NEXTDC’s vendor and carrier neutral facility.

 

CEO, Mr Craig Scroggie said creating the leading data center in Victoria in terms of scale, security and power density was a significant achievement for NEXTDC.

M1 is a 17,500m2 facility delivering over 12 MW ICT load, designed with ASIO T4 security standards in mind to provide the most secure environment able to host the most critical information.

The facility boasts many additional security measures including:

  • 6 data halls designed as separate concrete bunkers within a large concrete bunker to provide maximum protection
  • bulletproof security access throughout the entire lobby security area, and
  • the latest dual and triple factor encrypted challenge and authentication systems.

M1 embodies energy efficiency, high availability and superior security levels that set new standards in the Australian data center market.

Like its established Brisbane data center (B1), NEXTDC’s M1’s customer-centric, flexible and scalable delivery model demonstrates the next generation in ‘data center-as-a-service’.

M1 construction only commenced in March 2011 and was delivered in record time due to outstanding professionalism and dedication from NEXTDC’s technical team, construction partner FDC and many other partners and contractors involved throughout the project.

“NEXTDC is also a real representation of how the National Broadband Network is acting as a force multiplier for investment in Australia. The NBN and the vision of the Digital Economy is encouraging investment and innovation in Australia’s ICT landscape” said Mr Scroggie.

The 400kW solar array due to be installed by Australian firm Energy Matters will generate 550 MW hours of electricity annually, enough to power a NABERS 4 star rated office space for over 890 people for a year and will offset approximately 670 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to the emissions from 200 cars.

In the next phase of fitout at M1 NEXTDC will install tri-generation plant to provide up to four (4) megawatts of power to the cooling system, greatly reducing power consumption and lowering carbon emissions with a cleaner power that generates 70% less carbon than the brown coal-fired power from the grid.

To date, NEXTDC has invested approximately $80 million in M1 and once fully fitted out with the solar rooftop project, tri-generation and 12MW ICT load, the total investment for the creation of this state-of-the-art colocation facility is expected to be approximately $130 million.

A complete list of Foundation Customers, Carriers and Service Providers who have agreed to be named as part of the M1 launch can be found on the NEXTDC website at www.nextdc.com/ecosystem

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