Internode grows hosting business

Spends $1.4 million on data centre upgrade in bid to meet customer demand

Internet service provider Internode has flagged expansions to its hosting business with plans to spend $1.4 million on a significant upgrade to its Adelaide data centre.

The centre, which was launched in April 2007, will be expanded in size by 144 square metres and refitted with an additional 18 high-density hosting racks, boosting capacity for hosting customer data by 45 per cent.

Internode chief executive, Patrick Tapper, said the demand for the facility’s expansion was spurred by the trend towards cloud computing and co-location services.

“Organisations include a number of current clients looking to consolidate multiple racks into a single high-density rack,” Tapper said in a statement. “We also have some interstate clients looking for a remote backup site to enhance their disaster recovery systems and new clients seeking co-location services.”

While the ISP has previously provided low-density hosting at the rate of two kilowatts (kW) per rack, the extra 18 racks will provide “high density” services with up to 10kW rack allocations. The plans also claim to deliver a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.5.

Internode’s expanded data centre is scheduled to be available from January 2011.

Internode spokesperson, John Harris, told Computerworld Australia the upgrade was “business as usual” for the ISP, and it is not in preparation for any future new products.

Internode’s CIO, Frank Falco, recently outlined the company’s need to reposition itself to suit a changing market, polishing its internal technology or scrapping it for something better.

The Adelaide-based service provider also recently expanded the footprint of its symmetric, 40 megabit per second (Mbps) plans to Brisbane in a ploy the company believes should meet demand until the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolled out.

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