Enterprise Data Corporation to double data centre capacity

Data centre boom continues driven by government, disasters and Cloud

The data centre boom shows no signs of abating with Enterprise Data Corporation (EDC) reporting that it is to invest a further $350m to double its data centre footprint.

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According to the company chief executive officer, Jude Jacobs, the Federal Government’s data centre strategy — which had seen EDC’s Melbourne data centre added to the panel of providers — had informed the decision to grow its space from 12,000m² to 23,000m².

“The increase in demand for quality data centres has been initiated by consolidation strategies and a lack of power on tap,” he said in a statement.

Jacobs also noted the way in which recent natural disasters had prompted organisations to source data centre services in areas typically not prone to earthquakes, fire, and flood.

EDC, as well as Equinix and Australian Data Centres, was added to the existing five member whole-of-government data centre panel in March.

The six vendors who have made the related data centre migration panel formed to help agencies move from existing data centre facilities was announced last week and includes Colliers International Project Services, Dell Australia, Dimension Data, Fujitsu Australia, Hewlett Packard and The Frame Group.

The initial data centre strategy was announced last November by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) which recently called for feedback from industry on the proposal.

The company is also banking on the growth in demand for Cloud-based applications and services, trusting that its ability to replicate data between EDC’s Sydney and Melbourne data centres will appeal to customers looking for rapid disaster recover and high availability.

Fujitsu’s newly-appointed A/NZ chief executive, Mike Foster, is also bullish on the demand for data centre and Cloud services telling Computerworld Australia this month that had plans for two new data centres in Australia and would be expanding existing capability in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) continues its aggressive growth plans announcing this week it had acquired Digital River Network’s assets for $4 million including 59km of dark fibre primarily in the Melbourne and Sydney CBDs.

ASX-listed data centre provider NextDC (ASX:NXT) is also in the middle of expanding its broad reach into Western Australia, aiming to have a new purpose-built data centre facility online by mid 2012.

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