Blue Coat reveals plans for Sydney data centre

Set for completion in July

Security vendor, Blue Coat, is set to ramp up its Cloud services in Australia with the construction of a data centre in Sydney by July.

While the exact location and size of the centre was still under wraps, Blue Coat's Australia and New Zealand managing director, Rajeev Mitroo, said that its parent company in the US was undertaking due diligence on a suitable location.

"We are hosting data in leased data centres in the US and Europe and there are two hosting pilots underway in Australia as part of a beta exercise with a provider," he told Computerworld Australia.

At this stage, Sydney was the only Australian location planned but a data centre was also scheduled for construction in Singapore later this year.

The data centre plans follow the local launch two weeks ago of the vendor's Cloud-based Web security module. The module offers real-time protection against Web-based threats.

"We've only really launched the Cloud services portfolio in the past fortnight and we're still in the beta phase," Mitroo said. "The time frame when it goes live is at the end of this month, so we're still in the early days. We've had a lot of interest from customers, two of which have asked for Cloud pilots to be run."

It is not the only security vendor entering the data centre market. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab announced plans for a facility in Melbourne during February to complement two existing facilities in Sydney.

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