IBM has commenced construction of a new datacentre at the Highbrook Business Park in East Tamaki, a southern suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.
The 5200-square-metre facility will include 1500 square metres of server space and be operational by late 2010. IBM plans to invest more than NZ$80 million on the datacentre over the next 10 years.
The datacentre will feature a range of IBM's energy efficiency technologies, such as a cooling system which uses cold outside air during winter.
"This is a highly significant investment in New Zealand's future technological infrastructure," said Jennifer Moxon, managing director of IBM New Zealand, in a statement. "[The datacentre] signals IBM's commitment to enable New Zealand to become a world class technology centre and advances the growth of the digital economy."
IBM said it intends to use the centre to provide cloud computing services to New Zealand clients.
The new datacentre will "provide a platform to enable New Zealand to become an internationally recognised provider of outsourcing services," said Matt Oostveen, datacentre research manager at IDC Australia and New Zealand, in IBM's statement. "IDC expects to see growth in IT services that will directly benefit the local economy as a result of this investment."