It "offers corporate, government, technology and cloud services providers the opportunity to collocate their information technology and telecommunications infrastructure in [a] vendor and carrier neutral facility," according to NEXTDC.
The 17,500 square metre facility can support a total ICT hardware load of 12MW and has been "designed with ASIO T4 security standards in mind to provide the most secure environment able to host the most critical information."
It has: "six data halls built 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."
NEXTDC founder and deputy chairman, Bevan Slattery, said: "All aspects of the design have been engineered for carbon efficiency and incorporate the latest technologies for reducing power consumption.
"M1's uninterruptible power supply system (UPS) utilises a state-of-the-art electrical distribution scheme manufactured here in Australia by Piller, known as Isolated Parallel Bus (IP-Bus); a world-leading design in terms of energy-efficiency and the first of its kind to be supplied to the Asia Pacific market.
"We have also committed to an investment of over $1.2m in solar power at M1 with a rooftop system that, when complete, will be the largest commercial rooftop solar array in Australia, and M1 will be the only data centre in Asia Pacific to utilise solar power to offset carbon emissions."
The company said: "In the next phase of fitout at M1 NEXTDC will install tri-generation plant to provide up to four megawatts of power to the cooling system, greatly reducing power consumption and lowering carbon emissions with a cleaner power that generates 70 percent less carbon than the brown coal-fired power from the grid.
"To date, NEXTDC has invested approximately $80m 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 $130m.
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