Macquarie Telecom to build Canberra 'bunker' datacentre

Macquarie Telecom has announced plans to build a security datacentre in Canberra that will be specifically for government use.

Macquarie Telecom has announced its plans to build Intellicentre 4 Bunker, a security datacentre in Canberra for government agencies.

The Bunker, which is expected to open in mid-2013, will be developed to meet Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) specifications on security, and will be backed up by additional infrastructure deployed in Macquarie's Intellicentre 2 datacentre in Sydney.

The datacentre will allow Macquarie Telecom to meet its contract obligations to provide secure internet gateways for the 12 government agencies it will manage as part of the Federal government's internet gateway reduction program.

The program is expected to save the Federal government AU$25 million in costs by 2014 by reducing the number of internet gateways from 124 to eight.

Macquarie Telecom has committed to investing AU$14 million to support the government's lead agency gateway program with network, hosting, and security capabilities. The company's government and security executive, Glen Noble, said that government demand for secure hosted services was on the rise.

"Being based in Canberra, the Intellicentre 4 Bunker marks Macquarie Telecom's dedicated investment in secure hosting for government, one which reaffirms our commitment to be the trusted provider connecting the public sector in Australia to the world wide web," Noble said.

"We see growth in ICT investments for government as a core opportunity for Macquarie Telecom to build on its long-standing reputation for delivering hosting environments, which meet rigorous public-sector standards for security and reliability, as well as increasing concerns around user privacy and data sovereignty."