Fujitsu eyes Western Sydney for new data centre

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Fujitsu eyes Western Sydney for new data centre

Existing Homebush facility is "essentially full".

IT services powerhouse Fujitsu is studying areas of Western Sydney in the hunt for real estate boasting sufficient power to build a new data centre.

Fujitsu, which is already building new data centres in both Perth and Melbourne, is seeking to address a major shortage in data centre space in Sydney.

Fujitsu CEO Rod Vawdrey told iTnews at the launch of the company's cloud computing play that he estimates there is a "50,000 square metre shortage [in Australia] when it comes to data centre space."

Vawdrey conceded there are many empty server rooms in data centres around the country, but most of these do not boast sufficient power to host today's dense blade-based servers.

Vawdrey said Fujitsu's existing data centre in Homebush is "essentially full".

"We are about to make some further investments in New South Wales," he said.

Vawdrey said the company has to weigh up the availability of power - which the Sydney CBD lacks - with an area that offers cooler temperatures, should Fujitsu look to new 'free cooling' power reduction designs as it is in Perth and Melbourne.

He said he believed parts of Western Sydney offered these conditions.

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