Harbour MSP joins data centre rush

Announces new facility in Port Melbourne for mid-market customers

Harbour MSP has joined the data centre rush with the announcement of a new facility in Melbourne.

Targeted at the mid-market, the tier three data centre will have 500 racks ranging from 3kw to 30kw with in-row cooling.

The 1000sqm facility will be built in Port Melbourne and offer co-location, private cloud deployment and disaster recovery services.

“There is a distinct lack of high-quality, commercially available data centre space in Victoria, particularly those that have been designed to suit the needs of the mid-market sector, which we define as businesses with 100 to 500 seats,” Harbour MSP commercial director, Andrew Hardy, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to extend our footprint in Victoria to help customers who are looking for high-end data centre and IT managed services capabilities, but who have been limited by the lack of providers locally.”

Harbour MSP is one of several players aiming to leverage new data centre facilities.

In April, Global Switch also joined the throng unveiling new multi-million dollar facility plans with an application to the NSW Department of Planning for a $200 million data centre in Sydney.

The organisation is planning to build the new 34,000sqm facility – called Sydney 2 - next to its existing data centre in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Ultimo that is running close to full capacity.

That announcement cames on the same day Brisbane telecommunications provider, Over The Wire, opened the doors to its new data centre in Spring Hill, Brisbane.

In April, iiNet (ASX:IIN) touted its green credentials with the launch of its new energy efficient data centre at its Osborne Park facility in Western Australia.

In February, TransACT launched a new 1000 square metre data centre to take its total number of facilities to three, with the first opened in 2001.

And in December Australian Data Centres (ADC) said it will open up a 3000 square metre Tier 3 facility in Mitchell, Canberra, by the third quarter of 2010.

ADC's announcement followed news from Fujitsu that it will build a new data centre in Perth, Western Australia and also reports 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.

Analyst firm IDC has described Australia as having some of the oldest data centres in the Asia Pacific region. It says this "is significant in that old data centres are more expensive to maintain, less reliable and often unable to cope with the demands placed on them by modern servers and storage".

Check out photos of HP's data centre in Sydney or Internode's facility in South Australia.

For more information on data centre providers search the Computerworld Data Centre Directory.

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