Directory: Datacentre vendors in Australia

Summary:If you are making the choice between a locally-based cloud vendor or going with a co-location provider in Australia, ZDNet's list of Australian-based vendors should help you on your way.

A couple of years ago, the decision on where and how to host your company's infrastructure was an easy one — the real decision was how many racks to rent and from whom you would be leasing. But those days are long gone, and now it is more a decision of maintaining and acquiring your own infrastructure versus the cost and flexibility of moving into the cloud.

Which ever way you choose to go, this vendor list has options for you.

This is not a paid listing, nor is it an exhaustive list; it's a glossary of vendors that provide datacentre or cloud solutions. Vendors listed below all have some form of presence in Australia.


Company profile: NextDC titles itself as Australia's only independent, publicly listed datacentre company. It was established in 2010, and currently has locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth.
Geographical region: Australia
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Managed hosting, OneDC management
Contact: Level 4, 88 Creek Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000; Phone: +61 7 3177 4777
Key Links: Locations, Ecosystem


Macquarie Telecom/Ninefold
Company profile: Macquarie Telecom provides managed hosting and business telecommunications. In 2011, the company started up Ninefold in order to move into cloud services.
Geographical region: Australia
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Intellicentre, Ninefold
Contact: Level 20, 2 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; Phone: 1800 004 943/+800 789 999 99
Key Links: Why Macquarie Telecom, Ninefold FAQs


Company profile: This American company currently operates over 90 datacentres across 14 countries. In Australia, the company is contained solely in Sydney.
Geographical region: Global
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Colocation, AWS Direct Connect
Contact: Unit B, 639 Gardeners Road, Mascot, NSW 2020; Phone: +61 2 8337 2000
Key Links: Insight centre


Amazon Web Services
Company profile: When Amazon moved beyond retailing physical goods, cloud and on-demand computing became more accessible and affordable for many developers. AWS is able to handle loads, from startup stage to "web scale" applications.
Geographical region: Global
Target market: Startups, enterprise
Featured products: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Simple Storage Service
Contact: Online
Key Links: Case Studies, Whitepapers


Company profile: For organisations that have bought into the Microsoft ecosystem, Windows Azure and its tools provide a quick and easy alternative to co-location and even onsite code repositories.
Geographical region: Global
Target market: Startups, enterprise
Featured products: Windows Azure
Contact: Online
Key Links: Pricing calculator, Case Studies, Code samples, FAQs


Company profile: The American managed hosting company is increasingly moving into cloud services. It recently opened an Australian datacentre and donated the original code for the OpenStack project.
Geographical region: Australia, global
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Cloud, Managed hosting, Email hosting
Contact: Suite 3, Level 7, 210 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; Phone: +61 1800-722-577
Key Links: OpenStack, Hosting 101


Company profile: Although best known for operating a subsea cable between Australia and New Zealand, Vocus has also picked up a number of datacentres through acquisitions.
Geographical region: Australia, New Zealand
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Co-Location
Contact: Level 1, 189 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060; Phone: 1300 88 99 88
Key Links: Vocus network, Pacific IX


Digital Realty
Company profile: Another American-based datacentre company that has recently moved into Australia.
Geographical region: Global
Target market: Enterprise
Featured products: Turn-Key Datacentre, Colocation
Contact: Level 12, 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney, NSW 2060; Phone: +612 8035 7700
Key Links: Knowledge centre

Topics: Data Centers


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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