He added: "I believe there has been no better time to invest in premium data centres than now. Australia and New Zealand data centre industry analysts are continuing to forecast strong demand for specialist data centre capacity with particular interest in carrier and systems integrator neutral, densely powered and yet energy efficient data centres, particularly in markets traditionally considered to be secondary, such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.
"However, due to significant upfront capital investment requirement in building data centres, challenges in retro-fitting existing facilities and difficulty in obtaining finance for commercial properties has resulted in a lack of investment or an investment in sub-standard facilities in these markets to date."
The web sites of NEXTDC (www.nextdc.com/net/com.au) is presently of one page with a counter, counting down to a promised launch of the new site in 10 days time (from 23 May).
In his announcement, Slattery gave no indication of any others involved in the venture: and available information points to it being a very recent initiative. ASIC records show that NEXTDC Pty Ltd was registered on 11 May with Slattery as the sole director.
The whois database shows all three domain name records updated on 11 or 12 May, with Slattery as the main contact.