Aurora launches Hobart data centre

Electricity distributor's new $8.5 million data centre officially opened today

Tasmania's government-owned electricity utility Aurora today officially launched its new data centre in the Hobart suburb of Derwent Park.

Aurora's $8.5 million Derwent Park Data Centre has 62 racks, with the space to add another 70 racks. The data centre will be used both by the electricity distributor itself and by customers.

Currently 50 racks are used by Aurora and its customers. The facility has three major customers, according to Aurora.

“This is the only purpose-built data centre facility of its type in Tasmania, offering up to 130 serviced racks, duplicated power supplies, back-up generation, and advanced fire, cooling and security systems,” the utility's CEO, Peter Davis, said in a statement.

Davis said the new facility's cooling system included "dry cooler" technology to take advantage of the island state's climate.

Tasmania's premier, Lara Giddings, launched the data centre.

"This $8.5 million investment is both a vote of confidence in Tasmania’s economic future and an important step in enabling and creating the jobs of the future," Giddings said.

Giddings yesterday launched a collection of tech-focussed policies that Labor is taking to the state election in March. Among them is offering NBN Co free access to Aurora's infrastructure to complete the roll out of fibre in Tasmania.

Aurora has suggested stringing fibre from its power poles as a cheaper alternative to burying fibre.

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