Datacom's $52M data centre expansion completed in Christchurch

Datacom's $52M data centre expansion completed in Christchurch

Four New Zealand data centres upgraded in total

Datacom Gloucester data centre

Datacom Gloucester data centre

Credit: Datacom

Datacom has relaunched its Christchurch data centre after a $9.7 million investment that has more than doubled the server rack space and upgraded its infrastructure and resiliency.

The data centre, named Gloucester, has been expanded from 52 server racks to a total of 136 racks. There is also capacity to add 60 more racks to the one megawatt operation. 

The centre's infrastructure has also been upgraded to include new generators, switchboards and a UPS system.

According to Datacom, the new infrastructure is capable of safeguarding data services even during natural disasters, with further earthquake resistance being added to the building. 

“The expansion of Gloucester means that it operates on a level with our other world-class data centres in New Zealand (Orbit in Auckland, Kapua in Hamilton and Abel in Wellington)," Datacom data centres director Tom Jacob said.

Datacom Gloucester data centre interiorCredit: x
Datacom Gloucester data centre interior

“We believe there is a need in the South Island for this service. We are delivering a modern fit-for-purpose data centre, and our investment in Gloucester is an expression of our confidence in the South Island economy."

Datacom serves more than 40 customers from Christchurch, the city from where it was founded in 1965. These include corporate clients, local businesses, IT resellers, cloud providers and commercial customers.

“It feels fitting to mark the completion of our New Zealand wide data centre expansion in Christchurch as our Gloucester data centre opened a few weeks before the first Christchurch earthquake, and continued to run all the way through the Christchurch rebuild,” Jacob said.

This marks the end of Datacom's $52-million expansion of its four New Zealand data centres, which was expected to cost $45 million when first announced in October 2017. 

The expansion covers Datacom's Gloucester (Christchurch), Abel (Wellington), Orbit (Auckland) and Kapua (Hamilton) data centres.

The Kapua, Hamilton facility had its capacity increased with an investment of approximately $6 million, which resulted in 184 racks added and was completed late 2018.

Both capacity and capability were increased in Abel, Wellington with a total investment of approximately $14 million. This added over 50 racks and it was completed in late 2018, with capacity expansion continuing for another year.

Orbit, in Auckland, had its capacity increased by adding more than 300 racks with a $22 million investment, this has also just been completed.

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