Kaspersky progress with local data centre this year

Location of either Melbourne or Perth still to be decided

Russian anti-virus vendor Kaspersky is expected to move to a new co-location facility this year as it moves to choose a new site for a purpose-built independent data centre in either Victoria or Western Australia.

The vendor, which currently has two co-located data centres in Sydney, is yet to decide whether to build the facility in Melbourne or Perth but remains certain a new centre will be chosen this year.

Asia Pacific director of Cloud services and software-as-a-service, Bernie Bengler, said the choice would largely depend on expansion in either Victoria or Western Australia with a critical mass of 25,000 users at the chosen site.

“As soon as our capacity reaches a certain threshold, then we start the process of extending the resources and that hasn’t happened yet," he told Computerworld Australia. “It takes us only four to eight weeks to set up a new data centre."

The vendor has had little progress with large deals locally of late but had continued to sign a number of small deals in Victoria and Western Australia, according to Bengler.

Bengler said the company preferred to use co-location sites over independent facilities as it provided the flexibility of having a number of data centres spread around the region.

In February, he said the company would consider Western Australia if customer numbers warranted it.

“Some of the proposals we are working on are from Western Australia,” he said at the time. “There is a break even for customers when we consider a data centre and where to locate it next.”

The vendor, which has 300 million customers worldwide for its anti-virus software, first launched its Cloud services in Australia in December last year.

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