Friday, 12 April 2013 05:56

Verizon grows Canberra data centre

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To meet the growing demand of its government and enterprise customers, Verizon has doubled the capacity of its Fyshwick data centre in Canberra.

US communications giant Verizon now has more than 640 square metres of data centre floor space in Australia, divided between centres in Sydney and Canberra (two data centres in each city) and Melbourne (one data centre).

The Australian data centres are part of Verizon’s network of more than 200 data centres in 24 countries. The Fyshwick facility delivers services such as co-location, managed security services, secure gateway, virtual hosting, secure Internet gateway and identity management services, and connects to the federal government’s ICON fibre network.

“The Fyshwick expansion will meet both current and future demand for data centre space in Canberra,” said John Karabin, area vice president of Verizon Australia and New Zealand. “We work with federal government agencies around the world, and this expansion is a further commitment to providing Australian enterprises and government agencies with the most secure hosting environment for their mission-critical applications.”

Karabin said that Australia is an important part of Verizon’s Asia Pacific Enterprise Solutions division, with as much activity here as in Japan. The Australian business is roughly one third government, one third large enterprises such as banks, and one third servicing major multinationals that operate in Australia.

In 2012, Verizon announced that it had been awarded a Gatekeeper accreditation and a Common Criteria product certification (UniCERT) by the Australian government, recognizing the company’s proficiency in delivering specific Identity Access Management solutions that enable the secure delivery of key online government services.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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