Brisbane flood shuts down AAPT data centre

Other data centres and telcos prepare for worst

AAPT has confirmed it is the latest telco to close its Queensland data centre following floods.

A notice distributed to customers on Wednesday states that due to the flooding of the Brisbane region, AAPT will power down the equipment at the 167 Eagle St, Brisbane site as a safety requirement.

“We are currently investigating the issue and will provide further information once it becomes available,” said the statement.

The action follows electricity supplier Energex’s decision to cut power to the Brisbane CBD. It could affect up to 100,000 homes and businesses, but the utility stated the scale of the operation prevented it from notifying individual businesses before they lose power.

Energex doesn't know how long the blackouts will last and has advised restoration times will depend on how quickly the floodwaters fall and how badly equipment has been damaged.

An advisory notice sent out to Pipe Networks customers on Wednesday indicated the two CBD-based data centres, housed in Creek St, Brisbane, could be affected.

The data centres house critical government data used in coordinating a State Emergency Service response to the flood and will likely be the last building in its immediate area to have its power cut by Energex.

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