Datacom has relaunched its Gloucester data centre in Christchurch to mark the completion of a $52 million expansion and upgrade of its four New Zealand data centres. The Gloucester expansion cost $9.7 million and has more than doubled the server rack space, as well as significantly upgrading infrastructure and resiliency.
Datacom Data Centres Director Tom Jacob said, “The expansion of Gloucester means that it operates on a level with our other world class data centres in New Zealand (Orbit in Auckland, Kapua in Hamilton and Abel in Wellington).
“We believe there is a need in the South Island for this service. We are delivering a modern fit-for-purpose data centre, and our investment in Gloucester is an expression of our confidence in the South Island economy,” Jacob said.
“We serve over 40 customers from the site – a mix of corporates, local businesses, IT resellers, cloud provider and commercial customers. We see a significant business opportunity for Datacom in the South Island, and Gloucester is well positioned to support local businesses who want to expand around New Zealand.”
The Gloucester data centre has been expanded from 52 server racks originally, adding 84 racks taking the total to 136 racks. There is also capacity to add 60 more racks as needed. The infrastructure has been upgraded, including new generators, new switchboards and a new UPS (uninterruptable power supply) system. All of these aspects make sure that the data centre can continue to operate if there are issues with the power supply ensuring data services even through natural disaster. The building has also had further earthquake strengthening.
“It feels fitting to mark the completion of our New Zealand wide data centre expansion, in Christchurch as our Gloucester data centre opened a few weeks before the first Christchurch earthquake, and continued to run all the way through the Christchurch rebuild,” Jacob said.
“Christchurch is also where Datacom was originally founded in 1965.”
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