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Telstra ramps up data centre investment

Telco to open sites in WA, SA and ACT next year, followed by Victoria in 2014

Telstra has announced the next stage of its $800 million cloud services investment with new data centres set to go live in WA, SA and ACT in Q1 of 2013.

A new Victorian data centre will also be opened during 2014 in Clayton, Melbourne, complementing an existing facility in Melbourne. The telco also operates a centre in Sydney.

A Telstra spokesman said he could not provide details on the size of the data centres or estimated power usage effectiveness (PUE).

According to Telstra enterprise and government group managing director Paul Geason, the new infrastructure will provide hosting services for customers who rely on “latency sensitive applications” and other customers with data sovereignty requirements.

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“By adding a further four data centres across the country, which are all fully integrated within our Next IP and Next G networks, our customers will have even more cloud-based options located in Australia and under Australian laws,” Geason said in a statement.

He added that the company’s data centre customers will be monitored “around the clock” by 140 staff based out of an Australian operations centre. Telstra also provides network security for customers’ cloud networks, data, applications and devices through its security operations centre.

Victorian data centre plans

According to Victorian government technology minister Gordon Rich-Phillips, more than $100 million will be invested by Telstra in the new Melbourne data centre creating 500 jobs during the construction phase in 2013.

“Once complete, the 2000 square metre facility will house Telstra’s future revenue generating platforms, such as enterprise cloud services, and showcase the latest data centre design and energy efficiency,” he said in a statement.

According to Rich-Phillips, many businesses in the state were looking to cloud computing to solve data challenges and this was creating demand for more facilities such as Telstra’s.

He added that over the past two years the Coalition government has helped facilitate more than $500 million worth of data centre investment in Victoria.

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