Australian data centre builder and operator Metronode has opened its second Wollongong facility just six months after breaking ground.
The facility has hit the requirements for both the Uptime Institute Tier III certification, as well as a 4.5 rating under the Australian government environmental rating agency, NABERS. The firm is the only operator in the country with four facilities having achieved a NABERS 4.5 data centre rating.
The firm has undertaken a major construction program this year, with a total of A$150 million (approx. £85 million) of investment in 2017.
It first opened a site in Wollongong, a New South Wales coastal city, five years ago, winning major business from the New South Wales government to help it implement its ‘GovDC’ program, in which 160 data centres were consolidated into two Metronode facilities.
Continued investment has come from both the government and the private sector, contributing to its program of expansion this year. New halls have been built in Wollongong and Sydney, as well as an 8MW expansion in Melbourne, for a major international customer.
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Metronode CEO, David Yuile, noted the speed of the build, arguing that the firm has the ability to construct facilities quicker than any other provider in the country, giving clients a level of certainty about scaling.
“Again, at our Unanderra site, we have shown we can build our world-class facilities quicker than anyone else. Wollongong companies looking for local data storage now have the very best facilities close at hand,” Yuile said.
“Every industry sector is undergoing digital transformation at a rapid pace and facilities such as Metronode’s Unanderra data centres are the factories of the future.”
Commenting on the firm’s relationship with local government authorities, Yuile said: “Metronode has been trusted by the NSW Government to build and operate data centres since 2012. We look forward to welcoming local Illawarra businesses into our new Unanderra hall.”
Founded in 2002, Metronode operates ten data centres around Australia, and serves enterprise, government and service providers in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Wollongong.