NAB gears up to launch new Victorian datacentre

Migration to the new facility will not happen until later this year.

The National Australia Bank (NAB) will be launching its new datacentre in Victoria, Australia, next week.

NAB's new datacentre. (Credit: NAB)

Located in Deer Park, the facility is built by Digital Realty. It has 1,000 square metres of floor space and is slated to save the bank AU$22 million by reducing operational costs over time. Digital Realty handed the keys to NAB three weeks ago.

Along with its existing datacentre in Knox, Victoria, NAB plans to consolidate its 20-odd datacentre of various sizes across Australia. The bank is also looking to decommission its ageing datacentre in East Melbourne.

The new facility will increase the banks' capacity to process, store, and analyse large amounts of customer and transactions data.

All this is part of NAB's multibillion dollar IT transformation strategy.

Migration of the bank's datacentre assets to the new datacentre will not occur until Q4 of 2013, as NAB will be spending several months fitting out and testing the new facility.

The new datacentre is connected to two network exchanges and two power grid supplies.

It will house NAB's private cloud environment, which will be provided by IBM. The cloud will host a number of internal applications, including collaboration tools. The environment is in its final stages of deployment.

"Strategic virtualisation will increase server use from 12 percent to 60 percent, or from using 12 cents in the dollar to up to 60 cents in the dollar of our infrastructure investment," according to NAB.

With energy efficient technology, including free air cooling, NAB will also reduce its carbon footprint by 3,200 tonnes.


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