No NZ datacentre quake exodus: Revera

No NZ datacentre quake exodus: Revera

Summary: New Zealand can expect more datacentres to be built in-country despite the earthquake-prone landscape and rising insurance costs, according to the CEO of a local datacentre provider.

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New Zealand can expect more datacentres to be built in-country despite the earthquake-prone landscape and rising insurance costs, according to the CEO of a local datacentre provider.

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(Christchurch earthquake image by Gabriel Pollard, CC2.0)

"Why do we need a datacentre in Christchurch?" asked Gael Hargreaves, CEO of Revera. "Because we've got a valid business proposition and that's why we're still there. We're generating more business from Christchurch because we have local people there too. It's all about local demand," she said.

Hargreaves did admit, however, that insurance premiums would likely go up due to the geographical risk.

"There is already some data on that and insurance will go up as our risk goes up."

Speaking at a VMware event in Sydney today, Hargreaves said that Revera's Christchurch datacentre had been relatively unaffected by the 22 February quake, as its facility stood outside of the quake area.

"The datacentre is in Christchurch, but not in the city. We had looked at putting one in there but chose to [use] an ex-HP facility because it was purpose built for datacentre design and close to a substation among other geographical features," Hargreaves said.

"When the quake struck, we increased the bandwidth between Wellington and Christchurch [sites] and we were back up by that afternoon," she said, adding that prior to the quake, the Christchurch site was backed-up to the Wellington site every night.

Since the quake, the Revera CEO said the company had seen demand from businesses and IT personnel needing viable back-up services.

"Immediately there was a sales opportunity for us even to the point where people were turning up in the car park with servers under their arms saying 'can you [help us]?' There's a big community factor going on and we had staff taking tapes back to Wellington who were escaping the city and dropping them in on their way to relatives so we can store them," she said.

"We set up a task force and we've got a whole lot of business from that," Hargreaves added.

VMware announced yesterday that Revera is the latest partner to join its VMware Service Provider Program for access to virtualisation and hybrid cloud product licensing prices.

Topics: Outage, Data Centers, Hardware, New Zealand

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