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Verizon doubles capacity of Fyshwick datacentre in Canberra

Verizon doubles capacity of Fyshwick datacentre in Canberra

Datacentre provider increases capacity of facility to meet needs of local clients

Verizon has doubled the capacity of its Fyshwick datacentre in Canberra. Following the upgrade, Verizon now has more than 6,900 square feet of datacentre floor space in Australia split between its three facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

The Fyshwick facility provides co-location, managed security services, secure gateway, virtual hosting, secure Internet gateway and identity management services, and connects to the federal government’s ICON fibre network.

Verizon A/NZ area vice president, John Karabin, said the decision to expand the datacentre was made 18 months ago.

“We watch our capacity very carefully, and we have always enabled or built our datacentres to be expanded as capacity increases,” he said.

Verizon made the decision to look at doubling the space when the first data hall became full.

“It took about 12 months to fit it out and get it ready,” Karabin said.

“We completed it last month, so the upgrades are up and running.”

Background improvement

When it came to the biggest challenge to carrying out the expansion, Karabin said it was about getting the timing right so the datacentre did not have “massive amounts of excess capacity just sitting there”.

“You don’t want to have your resources not generating income for you. Cost is an important consideration for us,” he said.

He added Verizon fortunately had “a lot of foresight” into how it would expand the capabilities of the facility.

“By doing that, we looked at how we could modularly increase our power as we needed it,” he said.

As for whether users of the datacentre will see a performance boost following the upgrade, Karabin emphasised that there were no performance issues to begin with.

“It is a seamless integration of our ability to host and manage different applications for our customers,” he said.

As such, it is more about Verizon being able to cater for the increased needs of customers as they come to the datacentre.

“That is something we are carefully monitoring, as we want to bring in new customers and support our existing ones,” Karabin said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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