Macquarie Opens $35m 'intellicentre'

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications has opened it flagship $35 million 'intellicentre' in Sydney; a cornerstone of its next generation integrated carrier (NGIC) strategy.

Aidan Tudehope, chief operations officer for Macquarie, said: "There has been a number of players who talked about opening a data centre, but a lot fewer have actually opened their doors. Our differentiator is the completeness of our offering; we provide firewalls, redundant Internet access, managed routers, and management and reporting tools. Other players offer conditional real estate, not much more than a basic computer room."

Established in 1992, the telco's customers typically fall into Australia's top 10,000 businesses. Of the 1500 existing voice and data customers signed up for the centre, most are medium to large companies. But Tudehope said new classes of customers "for example, ASPs and dotcoms were definitely a target market".

Tudehope said the centre could accommodate "thousands of customers; of course this depends on how small or large the customer is".

He said plans were already being considered to open another data centre in Melbourne within the next six months.

The purpose-built facility houses technology from industry players such as Alteon, Compaq, EMC2 Storage, Juniper, Liebert, Lucent Technologies and Sun Microsystems.

The company plans to partner with application providers in areas such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management.

Access to the centre is carrier independent. Macquarie said access can be delivered via its own ATM carrier-grade network or via any of the major carriers. Redundant high-speed ATM connection to the Internet is guaranteed, he said.

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