Fujitsu to launch Perth data centre

CEO Rod Vawdrey says large bank is foundation partner, but won't say which one

Fujitsu will open up a new tier 3 data centre in Perth as part of efforts to cement its place in the top three service providers in the country.

At a media luncheon in Sydney, Fujitsu CEO Rod Vawdrey said the company saw local data centres as an essential component of its offerings, including new infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.

"It is very difficult to have a strong offering in the cloud area unless you are able to deal with some of the hosting challenges, the network challenges and have the ability to provide all of the services," he said. "We have decided to, unlike some of our competitors, have a strong footprint in sustainable green data centres."

Vawdrey claimed there could be as much as "50,000sqm of shortage of quality tier 3 data centre space" in Australia and added Fujitsu's own Homebush facility was "essentially full".

"We are adding several thousands of data centre space in the major centres around Australia," he said. "Our first new data centre will come online in the next fiscal year in Perth."

The CEO said the company had already secured a foundation customer for the facility, a large financial services corporations, but would not reveal which one.

In October, the company partnered with University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT to develop a shared data centre that aims to reduce the education providers' greenhouse gas emissions.

The Perth announcement also follows on from news that Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong could play host to new world-class data centres as part of investment plans by a joint venture group that includes the company behind the Polaris facility in Queensland. The move to build those tier 3+ facilities, which could potentially cost over $100 million per data centre, could create up to 600 jobs in each location.

Fujitsu also said its new "cloud solution" would offer organisations "a managed pool of servers and storage as an alternative to businesses owning IT infrastructure". The company aims to offer cloud services such as software-as-a-service in what it is describing as a "Dynamic Infrastructure".

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