Senator Stephen Conroy, the minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy who officially opened the data centre said that; “A major private sector investment like this is integral to Australia’s economic growth,” adding that the cloud computing services that would be offered from the data centre would offer businesses lower costs, scalability, security and sustainability.
He added that cloud computing represented a “democratisation of IT” where economies of scale were made available to businesses of all sizes. Senator Conroy also stressed the importance of the National Broadband Network in making cloud computing services accessible to businesses around Australia, including those in rural and regional areas.
Alan Bennett, vice president of enterprise services for HP South Pacific, said that the new data centre had been designed to have the speed of a Formula One car, the efficiency of a hybrid and the security of a tank. The site currently has one shell erected, which can house two discrete data centres each occupying completely separate cells.
Ultimately three shells could be built on the site, with a total of five separate cells.
The first cell of the facility went live in December 2011, and a walkthrough this afternoon suggests that it is currently about 20 per cent populated.
Over time HP will relocate a number of its clients to the new facility, and is also touting for new business. Ultimately the site has the capacity to grow five-fold, up to 41 MW capacity.