New datacentre already planning expansion

New datacentre already planning expansion

Datacom's new datacentre in Hamilton, Kapua, is seeing 'solid demand from the market'

Datacom's new datacentre in Hamilton, Kapua, officially opened in the beginning of the month but the company is already planning its expansion.

The datacentre opened one month ahead of the scheduled completion date and covers 11,000 square metres of land, with the current capacity to house 920 racks across five data floors.

Datacom says it is already planning to expand the datacentre.

“We’re seeing solid demand from the market and are advancing our expansion plans at Kapua," says Datacom CEO Greg Davidson. "We now have the largest footprint of purpose built IT datacentre services in New Zealand and beyond the infrastructure Kapua is the neutral ground for a collaborative IT community. In keeping with our open and independent approach, this facility provides customers with a destination for housing their technology regardless of who they have sourced it from, or who they have supporting it," he adds.

According to Davidson, "cloud is key" and the company is implementing at Kapua cloud and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms for both government and commercial customers. "We're piloting the next wave of virtual networking technologies that will allow us to offer even more flexibility in configuring and deploying cloud networks," says Davidson.

"We're really proud of the team that have worked hard to get Kapua up and running and we're proud that Datacom is making this significant investment in key and core infrastructure for NZ businesses," says Datacom COO Steve Matheson.

The Kapua datacentre currently operates with 12 full-time staff including the security guards. The datacentre manager, Andrew Green, is a Kiwi who returned to New Zealand (from Rackspace in the UK) to take on this role.

According to Datacom, the company has already committed the project to build the first planned expansion, with further announcements pending.

Tom Jacob, Datacom's general manager of datacentres, says that all Datacom staff employed onsite were initially located at the Orbit datacentre in Auckland (some for several months) for training and experience on the job before taking up the roles at Kapua. "We'd expect to grow staff numbers at Kapua by another three in the next 12 months, and perhaps another four if the facility keeps on growing," he says.


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