A Microsoft Tier One Internet hosting facility Hostworks Data Centre has opened in Adelaide, boosting the capital's available Internet bandwidth 40-fold and taking it past Brisbane and Perth.
The centre - bomb, earthquake and ram-raid proof - in suburban Kidman Park, increased Adelaide's 16Mbit capacity bandwidth to 600Mbits, according to Marty Gauvin, chief executive of Hostworks.
The infrastructure provider focuses on companies planning to outsource large-scale "mission-critical" Internet operations including e-commerce, banking, Webcasting, e-mail and adserving, Gauvin said.
"By mission-critical I mean operations which are central to a company's activities - if they aren't working properly then the business isn't working properly, if at all," he added.
Hostworks is one of Microsoft's four Tier One data centres (the others are in Seattle, Tokyo and London) which host some of the most complex Web sites, namely that of the software and Internet technology giant's online joint venture with Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL)'s, ninemsn.com.
Since forming in 1999, the ASP has raised $7.5 million in venture capital to fund the move to the high-security Adelaide centre and continuing local expansion. While Gauvin said the Internet hosting and Web streaming industry is in its infancy here, he expects rapid growth over the next few years due to wider e-com-merce and Internet-based system adoption.