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DCI Data Centers unveils plan to build secure cloud edge data centre in Darwin

By Reporter
19 October 2021 | 1 minute read

DCI Data Centers confirmed that the company intends to build a new data centre in the top end to function as a digital gateway to Asia, as well as provide key services to Australia’s space and defence industries.

Data centre owner and operator DCI Data Centers has unveiled that the company has acquired land to build a TIER-Ready III, secure cloud edge data centre in the country’s top end.

The centre, dubbed DRW01, is expected to provide the company with a digital gateway to Asia, as well as provide key services to Australia’s growing defence and space industries.

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A portfolio company of Brookfield Asset Management and investment partners, DCI Data Centers has worked with public cloud, managed service providers (MSPs) and governments since 2015.

Malcolm Roe, DCI chief executive for Australia and New Zealand, explained that the strategic growth will enable the company to work with a range of industries that require robust ICT services.

“Darwin is a strategic location in Australia and has already created a digital ecosystem with key elements like; renewable energy, international and Australia-wide network connectivity,” Roe said.

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“It is also the command hub in the north for Australian defence and coastal border forces, as well as hosting significant US Defence Force technical and aerial assets. The rapidly growing space sector is also seeing organisations such as NASA and other global players establishing a presence in the Territory. This is all in addition to the existing mining, agriculture and tourism sectors.

“These industries require secure ICT infrastructure, so it makes perfect sense for us to increase our footprint to include NT, starting with the purchase of this land.”

The announcement of the proposed development follows the Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable (DJSC), expanding the Terabit Territory into Asia.

“With the development of the highly secure high-speed Terabit Territory network, and the impending arrival of a series of international sub-sea telecommunications cables, Darwin is strengthening its position as Australia’s Digital Territory and gateway to Asia,” Roe said.

According to a statement released by the company, the Darwin Technology Park site is 2.7 hectares in size and is expected to be capable of supporting up to 10 megawatts of IT load. The current deal provides DCI with the opportunity to expand up to five hectares in the future.

Although the centre is subject to development approval, DCI explained that the DRW01 design is built upon the cloud edge TIER-Ready III design, with the ability to provide up to Zone 5 physical security.

“We are very excited about this Darwin site as it is collocated with significant power infrastructure and has provision for large scale renewable energy assets to be developed alongside it,” Roe concluded.

[Related: ACSC cyber guard for government data rolled out]

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