C&W Optus Gets into Data Centre Business

Joining the list of recently opened data centres, Cable & Wireless Optus has launched a centre in Melbourne, which will provide customers with a direct link to the new trans-Pacific Southern Cross Cable network.

The $1.5 million Melbourne Data Centre (MDC), located in St Kilda is one of several data centres the telco is building around Australia.

MDC clients will have access to the Australian Internet backbone and the Optus international and domestic gateways, as well as links to the Southern Cross Cable network.

Southern Cross Cable started operating on November 15 and spans the Pacific Ocean with two separate cables, linking New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and the US mainland. The network is owned by Telecom New Zealand Ltd (50 per cent), Cable & Wireless Optus (40 per cent) and MCI WorldCom (10 per cent).

An Optus spokesperson said clients were currently moving into the centre but refused to comment on how many customers had been signed up.

The centre will offer fully redundant data management services for corporate and government clients. Customised services include Web hosting, hosting for application service providers (ASPs), data storage and disaster recovery, as well as co-location.

Optus said the new centre was an "integral" part of Optus' e-solutions strategy.

John Filmer, director enterprise for Cable & Wireless Optus, said there has been an explosion in the data market and Victorian business customers were "increasingly demanding services to assist them".

"The Melbourne Data Centre provides this flexibility in a secure and managed environment, suitable for mission-critical data."

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