Australia’s data centre operators are in a race to scale out their facilities to meet the capacity demands of cloud providers and to prepare for the internet of things. Executives for the largest four operators – Equinix, Global Switch, Digital Realty and NextDC – used a panel discussion at the Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit to discuss the pressure to build at scale while lowering costs. All agreed that data centre operators needed to demonstrate available capacity and their ability to scale in order to be considered a potential host for cloud service nodes.
Canberra Data Centres will tomorrow announce a national expansion after signing a co-location agreement with Digital Realty. Privately-held CDC, which operates two data centres in Canberra, will build out racks within the data centres Digital Realty provides at both Erskine Park in Sydney and Deer Park in Melbourne. The company’s expansion comes off the back of two big wins in recent months. Last week, CDC was awarded a subcontracting role for Lockheed Martin to provide Australia’s Department of Defence with data centre services from its two facilities in the ACT plus an undisclosed number of smaller computer rooms at Defence bases around the country.
DIGITAL Realty, the world’s largest provider of data centre (DC) real estate services, is benefiting from the ubiquitous growth of cloud computing in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, Asia-Pacific’s share of the company’s global revenue grew to 4 per cent, up from one per cent in 2012, which was a very meaningful shift. In the first quarter of this year, more than 30 per cent of the company’s incremental revenue came from Asia-Pacific.