​Intralinks collaborates with HP, CDC to open first Australian datacentre

Intralinks will be opening its first Australian datacentre in an aim to service industries that have to comply with data sovereignty regulations and laws.

Intralinks will be working with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Canberra Datacentre (CDC) to build its first Australian datacentre as part of the company's expansion in the region.

The datacentre, expected to be launched in 2016, will feature the HP Helion OpenStack Platform and will be stood up in the CDC facility.

Speaking to ZDNet, Ron Hovsepian, Intralinks president, CEO, and director, said the company recognised there was a strong demand in the Australian market for software-as-a-service enterprise solution.

"The good news is the IT spending in the Australian market has been very strong. So from an impact perspective, [the datacentre] will play a really nice growth role for us within the Asia region. Australia has been a leader in the region for technology use and early adoption so we see a really good reach in this part of Asia," he said.

He added that complying with data sovereignty regulations and laws is another area that Intralinks hopes to help enterprises address, in particular industries such as banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and professional services including lawyers and accountants.

"There are certain countries where the customer wants to operate their business or there are certain data they want to store in their own datacenters, and our strategy is to allow this datacentre to meet the local needs of the marketplace where customers want that as an option," Hovsepian said.

While Hovsepian was unable to reveal how much Intralinks will be investing in the new datacentre, he revealed that the company spends 17 percent of total revenue, equivalent to over $40 million annually, on research and development, and the opening of the datacentre would be considered as part of this annual investment.

On Tuesday, Macquarie University revealed that it was going to migrate all staff email and calendar from Gmail and onto Microsoft Office 365, which hosts its data locally in Australia, as a result of data security concerns.

Macquarie University chief information officer Mary Davies explained that decision was triggered by Google's decision to move the university's stored data from Europe to the United States.