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  • 10 December 2019 09:37

Macquarie Data Centres Breaks Ground on New 43MW Facility

Hyperscale-fit facility will leverage latest security and efficiency standards to meet insatiable global cloud demand

Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), has broken ground on its new Intellicentre 3 (IC3) data centre in Sydney.

The initial investment for IC3 East will be an A$80 million (approx. US$55 million) facility located in the Macquarie Park Innovation District within the Sydney North Zone, due for completion within H2 2020. It will be an ideal facility for hyperscalers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers and global enterprises looking to capitalise on the expanding technology hub of Sydney and increasing adoption of cloud infrastructure in Australia.

The development comes as IDC recently revealed public cloud services in Australia expanded by more than 30 per cent to A$4 billion (approx. US$2.75 billion) in 2018, with SaaS accounting for two thirds of spend as organisations seek to “remain competitive in today’s digital economy”.[1]

“This facility will leverage our experience, industry-leading customer service and security credentials – which are already trusted by 42 per cent of Australian Federal Government agencies,” said David Hirst, Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres.

“Sovereignty, cyber security and compliance standards are more vital than ever to protect the data and infrastructure of businesses in Australia. Our 18-year data centre experience and security posture make IC3 an ideal inroad for US and other multinational companies to enter the thriving Australian market.”

IC3’s credentials upon opening will include SCEC Zone 3 or higher, SOC 2, Uptime Institute Tier III, PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 certifications*. Macquarie Data Centres will achieve a five-star NABERS rating and will have an industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) number of just 1.28 to maximise energy efficiency.

“The scale of this facility recognises the increased demand across both our colocation and dedicated multi-megawatt IT loads,” added Hirst. “IC3 has been designed to meet the specific technical requirements of global multinational businesses whilst offering the highest security standards required of the Australian Federal Government.”

The facility is being developed on the existing Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus and will increase the capacity of the campus to 43 megawatts (MW). Macquarie’s data centre customers include professional services company Accenture, marketing automation leader Marketo, the Parliament of Australia and a Fortune 100 corporation.

“Macquarie Park is a technology and employment powerhouse and this new centre will deliver a boost to the local community,” said Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello MP, who attended the ceremony. “Rapid technological change is the new norm and this centre will play a pivotal role in helping organisations prepare for future challenges and opportunities.”

IC3 will create approximately 1,200 jobs in construction, engineering and architecture and require around 400,000 working hours to complete. FDC will complete the construction using 250,000 kilometres cable to be built into the facility. When complete, it will be able to power the equivalent of 12,500 homes.

“FDC is proud to partner again with Macquarie Data Centres on its IC3 facility in Macquarie Park,” said Ben Cottle, Managing Director, FDC Construction. “As our fourth project together, we look forward to being part of Macquarie Data Centre’s growth and success strategy going forward.”

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*Below is a full list of certifications IC3 will meet: • Tier III designed & certified by the Uptime Institute • ISO 27001 • PCI DSS 3.2 • SCEC Zone 3 & higher • ISO 45001 • ISO 9001 & • ISO14001 • SSAE SOC 2 • 100+ NV1 Government Cleared Engineers

About Macquarie Data Centres

Macquarie Data Centres, part of ASX-listed Macquarie Telecom Group, is trusted by a number of global Fortune 500 companies in addition to the Australian Federal Government to provide secure, sovereign and compliant colocation services.

Through our Intellicentre data centres, we deliver an unrivalled portfolio of certified colocation, connectivity and engineering services, ranging from a single rack to multi-megawatt hyperscale requirements.

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