Global Switch to build second Sydney data centre

Demand for space leads to $300 million centre

Data centre provider Global Switch has received approval from the NSW Department of Planning to build a $300 million data centre in Sydney.

The 34,000 square metre construction, dubbed Sydney 2, will be adjacent to its existing data centre, Sydney 1.

This follows a $3 million data centre contract the provider signed with the NBN Co earlier this month.

The data centre will be powered by a natural gas energy plant and provide an average of 1500 watts per square metre, in addition to power for cooling and ancillary systems.

It also has facilities to harvest rainwater and to recycle water for use in the cooling systems, leading to a potential saving of 220,000 megalitres of water per annum.

Global Switch executive chairman, John Corcoran, said that Sydney was the logical choice to expand its presence in due to the demand for data centre space.

“We had a record last quarter in Sydney, including new contracts with the Department of Defence and NBN Co," Corcoran said in a statement. "Sydney 2 will provide a vital new data centre resource in Sydney, attracting new customers and providing a growth path for existing customers in Sydney 1. There are a significant number of new data centre requirements in the market place, including from the NSW Government."

According to Corcoran, Sydney 2 will be one of the most environmentally efficient data centres to be built.

"By using a trigeneration system we expect to achieve around a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to using conventional power from the electricity grid," he said.

"This feature, together with the overall scale and size of the building will result in the data centre being three to four times more efficient than multiple computer rooms built within other facilities".

New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, said the project will generate millions of dollars of new investment and reinforce Sydney's role as a global financial and IT hub.

Global Switch currently operates eight data centres across Asia Pacific and Europe.

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