Q&A: NextDC CEO, Craig Scroggie

Scroggie talks security, NextDC’s data centre roll out and the carbon tax

NextDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie.

NextDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie.

NextDC’s (ASX:NXT) new chief executive, Craig Scroggie, recently spoke to Computerworld Australia about what attracted him to the role after serving as managing director of Symantec Australia and where the data centre operator is heading in the future.

What is your strategy for NextDC?

Having the benefit of being on the NextDC board as a non-executive director since November 2010, the plan that was put in place by [executive director] Bevan Slattery for NextDC to be a national data centre provider is not going to change. The most important strategy for us today is to get those new facilities, Canberra 1 and Melbourne 1, live in July so we have a national network of data centres.

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Why the change in leadership?

I had the opportunity to look at the business as a non-executive director and the NextDC board approached me and asked if I was interested in thinking about the role.

Bevan Slattery is not stepping back but stepping up. He has a big hand in driving the development of the OneDC platform which customers can use to access their account and view their electricity usage.

You have a background in security, how will that be applied to the role?

Security is an enormous issue in the data centre business because there are physical security requirements such as compliance with Australian standards for data centre builds. Then there is access control and identity management component which governs when people can access the data centre.

Then you move into the information security component which includes what [customer] information is stored and where it is stored.

Will the Carbon Tax affect NextDC?

Any cost that gets imposed on an operator becomes part of delivering a service to a client. One of the features of M1 in Melbourne is a solar rooftop project so it will not only be able to take power off the grid but produce its own power through the solar panels.

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