Infosys opens $8m Melbourne datacentre

The Victorian Government has revealed that Indian IT services company Infosys has opened a new datacentre in the state capital, just as other companies lay out expansion plans for the state.

The Victorian Government has revealed that Indian IT services company Infosys has opened a new datacentre in the state capital, just as other companies lay out expansion plans for the state.

"We're investing $8 million in a datacentre to support the growing client demand for our range of cloud services across HR, procurement and other functions," Infosys Australia chief and managing director Jackie Korhonen said in a statement from Victorian ICT Minister John Lenders' office.

"Infosys has won substantial contracts from Victorian-headquartered businesses that are looking to be more competitive in an increasingly global marketplace and that has enabled us to expand our business beyond expectations," she said.

Infosys was unable to provide further information about the datacentre at the time of writing.

The company had also already hired 90 of the 100 employees it had said it would hire by the close of its financial year in March 2010, according to Lenders.

This week had become a tech jobs bonanza for the state, as the minister announced expansion plans for two further companies. He travelled to the Bangalore operations of Melbourne-founded IT consulting firm Attra last week according to a statement from his office. Now the company intended to expand its Melbourne headquarters by hiring 50 new people, Lenders said.

Global software firm Kovair Software has also announced it would open Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne, creating another 50 jobs in the city.

Kovair Australasia planned to sell intellectual property developed for applications for its Asia Pacific customers into the US and Indian markets, and Melbourne will be the company's centre for selecting new resellers in the region.

"Kovair has also entered into a partnership with La Trobe University, which will see Kovair's acclaimed Global Lifecycle Application available for use by students, researchers and start-up companies located at La Trobe's Technology Infusion Centre," Lenders said.

However, the new jobs fall into a vacuum of promised jobs which never eventuated, after the Mahindra Satyam's $75 million Geelong centre — which could have created 2000 jobs — was cancelled last year. The pledge for the centre had been made by Satyam before it was embroiled in a reporting scandal and was bought by Tech Mahindra.

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