Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:40

Leading Edge building $20 million Newcastle data centre campus

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Data centre networks provider Leading Edge Data Centres has begun work on a $19.6 million project to upgrade digital infrastructure in the Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales as part of a wider roll-out of its tier-3 edge data centre network across the State.

Leading Edge says the project will create over 130 jobs across NSW during the construction period, with the infrastructure providing Newcastle and Hunter “with the ability to drive economic growth and innovation, attracting new businesses to the region”.

Leading Edge says the development approval has been granted and the construction is underway with technology partner, Schneider Electric, who is manufacturing at a local facility near Newcastle, with the initial stage set to open by November this year.

“A significant game changer for the Newcastle and the Hunter Region, Leading Edge Data Centres will deliver the enablement platform to help decrease data internet latency issues by reducing the dependency on metro based IT infrastructure providing a world-class Tier-3 certified data centre facility ensuring a secure, concurrently maintainable environment for local and national enterprise to locate their IT infrastructure,” Leading Edge said in a statement announcing the project.

“This paves the way for businesses to prosper in Newcastle while delivering a better digital experience for both local industry and residents, whilst making the Newcastle and Hunter regions more attractive for both national and global enterprises to have a physical presence close to the user,” the company said.

Chris Thorpe, CEO of Leading Edge Data Centres said, “enhancing regional connectivity is of strategic importance to Australia’s digital infrastructure upgrade. For booming regional areas like Newcastle and the Hunter, taking the compute capacity closer to the source of deployment and usage is paramount”.

“The reliance organisations have on fast access to data and compute capacity that is comparable in terms of speeds and pricing to metro access is essential to ensure a level playing field with Metropolitan locations,” Thorpe said.

“In today’s world, with the current upheaval, we have seen large numbers of the Australian workforce working remotely. With high-capacity localised quality Data Centres close to home, essential services, agriculture, mining, employees, students, and local and state governments alike can work in an efficient and appropriately priced IT environment.”

Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said: “City of Newcastle welcomes the news of this significant investment in digital infrastructure in the region, which aligns with our goals to create a smart, global city under the Newcastle Smart City Strategy.”

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