NextDC adds Canberra, Perth datacentre sites

NextDC, the fledgling datacentre company founded by Bevan Slattery, has snapped up two more datacentre sites, based in Canberra and Perth.

NextDC, the fledgling datacentre company founded by Bevan Slattery, has snapped up two more datacentre sites, based in Canberra and Perth.

NextDC was started last year after Slattery left Pipe Networks, following its sale to TPG. It has been in an aggressive datacentre build phase, working on datacentres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The company has now secured two new sites: an existing facility in Canberra, and land in Perth. The company flagged the acquisition of the latter site earlier this year.

The Canberra site is a finished facility, which was previously owned by a "major" government agency, according to the company, and has been obtained under a long-term lease arrangement. Located on a 26,800 square metre site, the facility itself is 6000 square metres, with an existing 1300 square metre data hall, which the company said could be expanded to provide a further 2000 to 2500 square metres.

The datacentre was built to meet the ASIO-T4 physical security specification, and was well connected by Telstra, Optus and Intra Government Communications Network fibre, according to the company.

The lease would put NextDC in a good position to benefit the government's cloud framework, being developed for December 2011, according to Slattery.

"Cloud providers are looking to service Federal Government agencies, ideally want to house their critical infrastructures in an independent, secure and well connected datacentre. NextDC's Canberra facility ticks every box," Slattery said in a statement.

The Perth site is in Malaga, 11km north of the central business district. It's close to a major electricity substation, and has fibre optic infrastructure from Nextgen, Amcom, Optus and Telstra at the street. The 8100 square metre site will house a 8000 square metre site with 3000 square metres of data halls, to be finished in the second half of next year.

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