DCI Data Centers on Wednesday announced plans to stand up what it has called the state's "most energy-efficient secure data centre facility".
With a AU$70 million investment, DCI said the new facility is in response to the growing needs of local business and government.
"Demand for data centre capacity and secure cloud edge services are rapidly increasing across Australia. Our customers are seeking certainty, flexibility, and sustainability; all critical for them to scale and rapidly respond to market demand -- this facility has all three," DCI Australia and New Zealand CEO Malcolm Roe said.
"This new data centre will be the first of its kind in South Australia. It will provide mission-critical support to some of the State's priority growth sectors including the local Defence, space and hi-tech industries, offering the highest levels of security so they can conduct business with certainty, using local infrastructure."
The company currently boasts two data centres in Australia, one in Eastern Creek in Sydney's west and the other in Adelaide's western suburb of Kidman Park.
Site capacity at Kidman Park will be increased by 4MW, taking it up to 5.4MW total IT load, with SCEC Zone 3 up to SCEC Zone 5 physical security options.
It's hoping the facility will set industry benchmarks for water and energy efficiency.
"The investment in DCI Data Centers' expansion is significant and further contributes to South Australia's world-leading data analytics capabilities," SA Premier Steven Marshall added.
Construction on the new data centre will begin over the coming weeks, with completion scheduled for mid-2022.
DCI announced in January it was planning to build a third data centre located next to its existing Sydney facility. The AU$400 million facility, named SYD02, was touted by DCI as a purpose-built project, specifically designed for hyperscale cloud, content, and managed service providers.
DCI is a fully owned portfolio company of Brookfield Asset Management.
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