NextDC opens S1 data centre in NSW

Five-storey facility will provide 5600 metres of space to customers
NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie at the entrance to S1.

NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie at the entrance to S1.

NextDC’s (ASX:NXT) $150 million Sydney data centre (S1) was unveiled at Macquarie Park last night by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The five-storey co-location facility will provide 11.5 megawatts across 5600 metres of space to government and enterprise customers. It has capacity for up to 2800 racks.

S1 recently received Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute for both design and construction. According to NextDC, it is only the seventh data centre in Australia to achieve this standard.

Turnbull told attendees that S1 demonstrated Australia could host cloud solutions.

“We are determined to drive a Cloud-first digital platform,” he said. “It’s a time of accelerating disruptive technologies the likes of which we have never seen before.”

NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie said that a number of foundation customers have signed up to run cloud platforms from S1. These include Telstra, Optus, Dimension Data, Vocus Communications and Australia Post.

“We are committed to developing the ICT industry in New South Wales and across the country. This data centre will be a major contributor to the NSW economy,” he said in a statement.

Two hundred and fifty jobs were generated during the construction phase. S1 employs 30 staff.

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

Follow Computerworld Australia on Twitter: @ComputerworldAU, or take part in the Computerworld conversation on LinkedIn: Computerworld Australia