Optus data centres relocated

Telecommunications giant Optus claims that reports suggesting the death of its data centres are greatly exagerrated. Its data centres haven't closed, they have just been relocated to exchange sites, the telco said.

“Optus has not closed any facilities down, [it] has migrated customers to other servers,” said Optus general manager for hosting and e-business, Noel Hamill. “We don’t have a strategy of closing down our data centres, in fact if anything we’ve expanded.”

The company's decision to move the three centres was partly driven by a customer-value consideration, facilitating faster data transfer speeds for customers by utilising the exchange centre's IP backbone.

Hamill said the move to centralise came about because most of the applications that Optus hosted required direct high-bandwidth access to the Internet, so the closer the user was to an exchange building, the better.

Hamill said the previous data centre premises only provided an environment such as air-conditioning and back-up power generators. “Not only is the environment crucial, but the connectivity to the Internet is crucial as well,” he said. “That’s why we followed this strategy.”

Hamill said remote access was the main concern of users. With server location, the access can be made over the Net.

“A lot of software applications are managed remotely now. This was not the case a few years ago.”

Two of theexchange sites are located in Sydney (Ultimo and Rosebery) while the other is situated in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. The site in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne was relocated after the lease had terminated, but customers were moved to the new Sunshine location.

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