Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:59

Astra Aerolab to get Tier III data centre built by Leading Edge

Astra Aerolab to get Tier III data centre built by Leading Edge Image by Ugochukwu Ebu from Pixabay

Astra Aerolab has signed a deal with Leading Edge Data Centres for the latter to build a data centre onsite at Williamtown.

The defence and aerospace precinct is being developed in Port Stephens, next to the Newcastle Airport and the RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia’s primary Defence Fighter Base and home to Australia's fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

The proposed data centre will be LEDC's second in the region and will cater to airport tenants, the wider airport precinct and future tenants, providing them connectivity and access to a Tier III data centre.

LEDC offers dark fibre and also direct cloud access to all major cloud computing environments such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.

Newcastle Airport chief executive Dr Peter Cock said the partnership would assist in delivering the Astra Aerolab vision of offering global opportunities to the local region.

“Our fundamental vision for Astra Aerolab is to deliver something unique in the Defence and Aerospace industry - a place specifically designed to foster collaboration and innovation," he said.


Leading Edge Data Centre's Wayne Rowley and Chris Thorpe with Newcastle Airport’s Peter Wych and Dr Peter Cock after finalising the agreement. Supplied

“Our agreement with Leading Edge Data Centres sets Astra Aerolab apart by enabling direct cloud access from the onsite data centre. This ensures data remains secure locally, negating any need for sensitive data to be re-routed via Sydney, as is the current process.

“As you can imagine, this is incredibly important for defence industries.”

Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer welcomed the announcement. “This exciting new partnership with Leading Edge highlights the significance of Astra Aerolab as a growing defence and aviation precinct," he said.

“Astra Aerolab and the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct will create new opportunities for employment, education and innovation across the entire Hunter region. It’s great to see this recognised by Leading Edge Data Centres.”

Leading Edge Data Centres chief executive Chris Thorpe said: "We’re proud to provide world-class infrastructure to support innovation and growth across aviation, defence and aerospace industries.

“Our data centre will enable direct private connections to all the leading cloud providers, in the most efficient, secure, and resilient manner possible. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Astra Aerolab team on this important initiative within the Hunter Region."

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