September launch for Vocus' second Melbourne datacentre

Australian datacentre and fibre provider Vocus will launch a new datacentre in Melbourne in September.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor

In order to meet growing demand for space in Australia's second-largest city, Vocus will launch a second datacentre in Melbourne's CBD in September.

Speaking at the Communications Day Wholesale and Datacentre Summit in Sydney on Wednesday morning, Vocus CEO James Spenceley said that Vocus will open the new datacentre, which is located on Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD, in September.

"We'll be live in September 2013 in 530 Collins Street, which is the old ASX [Australian Securities Exchange] datacentre. We've completely gutted it and refurbished it," he said.

"It's right in the CBD, it's incredibly well lit in terms of fibre, and I think it gives great diversity as a second [point of presence]."

Vocus snapped up the ASX datacentre last year, after the ASX moved to a new datacentre located in Sydney.

Spenceley said that the company's existing Melbourne datacentre, purchased from E3 Networks in 2010, was full, and the company had been using space in NextDC's Melbourne datacentre. He said that as a wholesale operator, he believes Vocus needs two datacentre sites in every city.

The new datacentre is 1,280 square metres, and can hold up to 400 racks. Spenceley said that the service level agreement will have an uptime guarantee of 100 percent.

Spenceley said he doesn't expect the big banks like NAB or Commonwealth to be buying up floor space in the new datacentre, but expects it will used for backup for services located in the company's other datacentres.

Vocus now has eight datacentre facilities across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, and Auckland, with 3,500 square meteres of floorspace. Spenceley said that Vocus is seeking to differentiate itself from other datacentre and fibre providers by targeting more regional centres.

"We think there are a lot of clients in Newcastle or Wollongong with a lot of head offices or branches," he said.

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