HP plans $100m Sydney datacentre

HP plans $100m Sydney datacentre

Summary: Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard has confirmed plans to establish a massive new datacentre in Sydney's western suburbs.


Hardware giant Hewlett-Packard has confirmed plans to establish a massive new datacentre worth $100 million in Sydney's western suburbs.

"HP can confirm that it has submitted a planning approval with the New South Wales Government Department of Planning and Blacktown City Council for the construction of a new datacentre," the company told ZDNet Australia today in a statement.

HP added that the local government submission is currently making its way through the approval process, with public submissions now closed.

The company's massive datacentre project flies in the face of comments made yesterday by Microsoft's director of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Gianpaolo Carraro about the Australian datacentre environment. He feels that deploying large-scale datacentre facilities in-country is a tough ask.

"Climate, bandwidth and electricity are in short supply here ... the local market isn't big enough to sustain large datacentre projects. The only thing Australia has is lots of land," he said.

According to reports by The Australian, HP's new datacentre is slated for construction in a reclaimed quarry, owned by Austral Brick.

The announcement follows several other key ICT announcements in the datacentre area.

Digital Reality Trust, datacentre provider for social networking giant Facebook, heralded a $350 million venture down under last month, and Global Switch's $300 million "Sydney 2" facility was approved for construction in Ultimo less than a fortnight ago.

Even the Federal Government is considering getting a slice of the datacentre action, with the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) conducting a feasibility study into a federally owned and operated datacentre.

While HP confirmed that the new western suburbs datacentre was in the works, it declined to elaborate on the size or design of the facility.

Topics: Government, Data Centers, Government AU, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Social Enterprise

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  • So, from a US perspective, would this be considered "pouchsourcing"?
  • Well done HP. Blacktown is a perfect location for a centre dedicated to processing massive data files. What would Microsoft's director of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Gianpaolo Carraro, know? A tough ask he says .... perhaps this evangelist should first visit here to check the facts about Blacktown in Western Sydney. By the way he is dead wrong about the negatives.
    Climate in the quarry site will be perfect, and Western Sydney is the geographical centre of Sydney, bandwidth will be amongst the fastest in the world with National Broadband Network connections node to node. Electricity is normally 100% on line 24x7 all year. All things considered, Blacktown is a fantastic choice.
  • Hi, this is Gianpaolo Carraro. I did say what Luke mentioned, but I was not referring whatsoever to HP’s plans and even less about the choice of Blacktown.

    My comment was in reference to Microsoft’s strategy for worldwide datacenters. The context was whether building a $500M+ global datacenter serving worldwide customers from Australia made sense. The context was NOT about building a $100M datacenter serving the Australian market. In the context of the latter, what HP is doing makes a lot of sense.

    I feel my quote was taken out of context and I hope this clarifies my opinion.