Eight Mile data centre anticipates storage shortage

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Eight Mile data centre anticipates storage shortage

Australian systems availability company Interactive has launched a data centre and recovery facility in Brisbane’s Eight Mile Plains Technology Park to address what it has called a “chronic shortage” of data centre space in Australia.

Spanning 750 square metres and operating from its own dedicated power grid, the newly-launched facility represents eight million dollars and two years in the making.

The new data centre provides disaster recovery, production and hosting services for 38 customers. It joins three other Interactive data centres that are currently operational in Sydney and Melbourne.

“In conjunction with our other data centres located in Sydney and Melbourne, we are well positioned to provide the most comprehensive data solutions available, whether it be hosting, outsourcing, disaster recovery and office recovery,” said Interactive’s managing director, Christopher Ride.

“Quality data-centre space is like gold at the moment and Interactive has responded to customer demand by building a leading-edge facility to support them,” he said.

Concerns such as cost, location, and a tight rental market are said to be driving a demand for data centre space in Australia.

According to Simon Durkin, director of sales at Interactive, the cost of running sub-station power, UPS, and air-conditioning upgrades has made it more cost-effective for businesses to outsource their data centre requirements.

“Increased data-centre power requirements have maxed out existing infrastructure,” Durkin said.

Noting estimates from Gartner in 2006 that half the world’s data centres will face an acute power shortage by the end of this year, Interactive has equipped its new data centre in Brisbane with an array of power-saving technologies.

The facility has opted to run on some Green power from its utility provider, and also features energy-efficient air conditioners, and servers in which cooling fans are turned off when not required.
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