Datacenter News — NEXTDC has achieved a 4.5 rating from NABERS for its Data-Center-as-a-Service provider technology at its M1 center in Port Melbourne, Australia. The company’s data center certification began in October 2014 through rigorous measurements and efforts from its engineering team. The result minimised IT and energy costs while forming a sustainability strategy and meeting customer demands.
IT News — NextDC has announced the successful purchase of a plot of land in the Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine on which it will build its newest facility in the city. The company yesterday also announced the location for its second Brisbane data centre, picking Fortitude Valley as the site spot. The two new facilities have a combined budget of $160 million.
Channel Life — Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has expanded into Australia via a deal with NextDC. GCX, which is a subsidiary of Reliance Communications and has a global IP and MPLS network, has established a presence in NextDC’s Melbourne M1 and Sydney S1 data centres. Dave Pearson, Global Cloud Xchange ANZ managing director, says the company’s expansion across key data centres in Australia and New Zealand enhances its global network and cloud capabiities to meet the ever-increasing demand for global collaboration, the adoption of cloud, and opens up new markets for customers.
IT News — NextDC is working to raise at least $70 million through an unsecured notes offering to fund the build of a second data centre in Brisbane. The data centre operator’s current Brisbane facility, B1, is at 90 percent utilisation, the company said yesterday. The facility was opened in 2011. NextDC in August revealed it was assessing the potential for a second Brisbane facility to accompany B1, which was then at 79 percent utilisation.
Channel Life — The Australian outsourced data centre market is continuing to grow strongly, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. The company says this is the result of increased adoption of cloud computing, driven by the consumer segment, has increased consumption of videos, social networks, mobile data and gaming, combined with the corporate sector’s use of data-intensive applications.
Datacenter Dynamics — It’s been a busy six months for colocation and cloud service provider CenturyLink, with the expansion of six existing data centers, five of them in the US, as well as the introduction of their cloud service to the Asia-Pacific region and a partnership with an Australian data center provider. Sustainability has also been on CenturyLink’s agenda as the company demonstrated by offering customers the option of hydroelectric power via their new facility in central Washington State, and the addition of Bloom Energy fuel cells in their Irvine, California facility.
IT News — NextDC has launched a new ‘independent’ switching platform that allows on-demand virtual connections to participating data centres. The company’s chief operating officer Simon Cooper debuted the new business unit – dubbed AXON Systems – during a keynote speech at the CommsDay conference in Sydney this morning.
Continuing with its practice of expanding into new markets through partnerships, CenturyLink partnered with NextDC, one of Australia’s biggest data center providers, to add presence in five major Australia data center markets. Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink will be able to sell colocation services within NextDC facilities as its own, and NextDC will be able to offer its customers space in any of CenturyLink’s data centers around the world, Drew Leonard, vice president of colocation at CenturyLink, said.
Microsoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.
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.
NextDC has released a beta version of its ONEDC portal as a subscription-based cloud platform, aiming to help simplify the management of data centre assets and infrastructure in both the company’s and its competitor’s data centres. ONEDC provides a single dashboard through which data centre and infrastructure managers can view the performance of data centre assets and devices across mutliple locations.
Datacentre-as-a-Service provider, NextDC (ASX:NXT), has inked an agreement with Microsoft for direct connectivity to Azure via ExpressRoute from its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth data centres. ExpressRoute will connect NextDC customers directly to Azure through a private, high speed, low latency fibre connection rather than a general internet-based connection.
NEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.
The first thing you notice when you walk into data centre operator NEXTDC’s Sydney facility is that the business is serious about security. Not one but two fingerprint impressions are taken, with the prints saved as an algorithm and stored on your identity access card. No one gets into the building – the front of which is made from bullet-resistant glass – without security clearance. The airlock entrance offers extra protection, just in case an intruder is able to climb the 2.1-metre anti-scale fence that surrounds the facility. More than 160 cameras monitor the building.
Datacentre operator, NextDC, has upgraded its earnings guidance for 2015 following significant growth in 2014 service revenue. NextDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie, delivered the news at the annual general meeting. Scroggie said datacentre services revenue across all five operating facilities grew 237 per cent to 30.4 million in FY14. “Importantly, the majority of this revenue is recurring and underpinned by international and domestic customers and service provider partners that are forming long term relationships with NextDC,” he said.