The New Zealand tech sector is set to benefit from a new NZ$80 million cloud-enabled datacentre from IBM, which was officially opened today in Auckland.
The 5200 square metre facility has been built under IBM's "smarter planet" mantra, employing smart building design, rainwater harvesting, free flow cooling, humidification systems and monitoring gear that constantly tracks power, water and fuel usage.
New Zealand ICT CEO Brett O'Riley said in a statement today that the facility represents a new trend towards green IT in the country.
"The IBM datacentre reinforces the importance of green ICT for New Zealand in seeking to host data nationally, and for major international players. Coupled with planned new international connectivity, New Zealand will now have an extremely compelling proposition," O'Riley said.
The datacentre is designed to handle the public, private and hybrid cloud computing needs of medium to large businesses in New Zealand.
Managing director of IBM New Zealand, Jennifer Moxon, said that the datacentre is a step forward for New Zealand.
"As New Zealand's economy continues to grow, IBM's data centre will provide a platform for businesses to drive increased efficiencies, improved productivity and greater innovation," she added.