Monday, 19 October 2020 09:31

Macquarie completes topping out of hyperscale-ready data centre

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Macquarie Data Centres, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group, has completed the topping out — the structural build — of its Intellicentre 3 East data centre in Sydney's Macquarie Park.

The company said in a statement that the internal fit out was underway and things were proceeding as per schedule.

A ceremony was held on Friday to mark the completion of the build and it was attended by NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, Macquarie Data Centres group executive David Hirst and Macquarie Telecom Group chairman Peter James.

“Topping out IC3E, in spite of the many challenges we’ve experienced in 2020, furthers Sydney’s position as a regional data centre hub and Macquarie Data Centres’ key role within it," said Hirst.

"There’s never been a better time to deliver new capacity in Asia-Pacific – more data is being created from remote work, education and an increased dependence on the digital economy, alongside burgeoning customer expectations for high-quality service delivery.

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“While some global companies were required to halt construction on their new data centres because of COVID-19 regulations, we’re pleased to have been allowed to continue building across this year – and to have done so safely and efficiently, with limited impact from COVID.

"The resilience and tenacity of the team, including our construction partners, has truly shone through. Our investment in Australia’s data centre ecosystem serves to create valuable jobs and build sovereign and secure capabilities – all of which is critical to helping grow Australia’s economy as we emerge from the pandemic.”

HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt was the lead engineering consultant on the project and its director Peter Galston said: "HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Director, Peter Gaston said: “IC3E uses a sophisticated, alternative cooling method to standard chillers to protect stored information from worse-case scenario temperatures.

"At a time of extreme weather events brought on by climate change, this gives end users with highly valuable data, peace of mind. At the same time, the data centre community has a massive responsibility to improve the efficiency of its assets, and with a PUE of 1.28, IC3E is a stand-out data centre that will appeal to environmentally-conscious end users, from hyperscalers to retail customers.”

James commented: “Delivering not one, but two data centres, during a pandemic is no mean feat. Gartner’s latest forecast shows that spending on Australian data centre infrastructure dipped 10.4 per cent in 2020. Macquarie Data Centres has bucked that trend and has invested more than $100 million into data centre infrastructure across this period.”

 Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Data Centre facts and figures:

  • ~AU$85 million – stage 1 investment for IC3 build
  • 43MW – size and scale of Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus once IC3 is fully complete
  • 1.28 – Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
  • 1200 – Australian jobs created throughout the build
  • 1903 – number of concrete trucks to date
  • 780 – tonnes of Steel Reinforcement used
  • 35.5km – electrical cabling completed thus far.
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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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