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Leighton Contractors' data centre operator subsidiary, Metronode's new Victorian data centre has become the second in Australia to be awarded tier III accreditation by the Uptime Institute.

Metronode's general manager, Malcolm Roe, said: "This accreditation provides our customers with real certainty of the reliability and uninterruptible availability - uptime - of our facilities and supports our commitment to providing world-leading environmentally friendly data centres."

Macquarie Telecom's new data centre in North Ryde, Sydney became the first data centre in Australia to receive Tier III design certification from the Uptime Institute in February this year. Digital Realty Trust has also indicated that it plans to obtain tier III accreditation for its new Sydney and Melbourne data centres.

Metronode says that its Melbourne data centre "incorporates free air cooling, rain water harvesting and an intelligent site monitoring system which will provide real savings and energy efficiency for customers. According to Roe, "For every 500 racks or 1,000kW of load, Metronode's new generation data centres will save our customers up to $1 million per annum on energy charges alone compared to existing earlier generation facilities."

Construction of the first phase of the data centre is almost complete and when fully developed will be capable of supporting over 12MW at full capacity of IT load.

Metronode was established in 2002 and owns and operates data centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth from which it provides services to carriers, service providers, corporations and government bodies.

Metronode announced in January 2011 that it had committed approximately $100 million to the first phase of a data centre expansion program that would see new data centres built in Perth, Melbourne and Canberra at sites already selected and at a further three sites yet to be selected in Sydney, Wollongong and Adelaide.

However Roe told ExchangeDaily in May that the $100m would cover only Melbourne, Perth and either Sydney or Canberra.

The new data centre facilities will be built using the BladeRoom technology following a distribution agreement signed between Metronode and BladeRoom in June 2010. According to Metronode, "BladeRoom is a highly energy efficient modular data centre system. Combined with Metronode engineered and designed mechanical and electrical systems, it provides a scalable method of quickly developing data centres with an extremely low, proven power usage effectiveness."

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